Monday, 19 November, 2018

North Carolina Governor: Go to a safe place and stay there

Hurricane Florence causes 'catastrophic' flooding after hitting US coast Florence, a wet and unwanted visitor, besieges Carolinas
| 15 September, 2018, 15:58

Hurricane Florence, a monster of a storm, is barrelling towards the States causing panic across the country, and more than a million people have been evacuated in preparation for landfall.

"You have water coming onshore and you can rainfall coming down that's trying to move out", he said.

According to Duke Energy, the largest electrical provider in the Carolinas, between 1 and 3 million people in South and North Carolina may be left without power after Hurricane Florence.

A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina.

A fourth person reportedly was killed while plugging in a generator in the state's Lenoir County, according to U.S. media.

Those who didn't flee the deadly storm were seeking shelter in attics or the upper floors of homes after the hurricane marched ashore earlier in North Carolina. The child´s injured father was taken to a hospital.

There have been two fatalities in Kinston as a result of Hurricane Florence, according to Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Roger Dail.

On the morning of September 14, the National Hurricane Centre warned that "catastrophic" flooding and "life-threatening" storm surges were expected to spread inland.

George Zaytoun chose not to evacuate his house ahead of the storm, which had been deemed a Category 4 hurricane on Wednesday.

The NHC said Florence went ashore near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, at 7:15 a.m. EDT with estimated maximum winds of 90 miles per hour.

Cooper called Florence the "uninvited brute" that could wipe out entire communities.

Still, she said, "I think we're going to stay put", noting her neighborhood's past success in avoiding power outages and flooding.

The hurricane center predicts as much as 101 centimeters (40 inches) of rain for some parts of North Carolina.

"Hurricane Florence is going to continue its violent grind across our state for days".

Right now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center is predicting that Florence will become a tropical storm tomorrow (Sept. 15) over SC, continue northwest to eastern Kentucky, then swing northeast and track over most of New England early next week. Robert Faircloth has lived in Wilmington, North Carolina, for 62 years.


Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles from its center.

Even though Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm, it already has proven deadly with its almost nonstop rain, surging seawater and howling winds.

Authorities warned, too, of the threat of mudslides and the risk of an environmental disaster from floodwaters washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.

Tropical Storm Florence is practically stalled over the Carolinas and the monster storm could dump drenching rains of up to 3½ feet (1 meter).

A state of emergency was declared in five coastal states - North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia.

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons (36 trillion liters), enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches (25 centimeters).

On Friday, coastal streets in the Carolinas flowed with frothy ocean water, and pieces of torn-apart buildings flew through the air. Wind gusts of 105 miles per hour - the highest recorded since 1958 - were reported in Wilmington Friday morning.

Officials in New Bern, which dates to the early 18th century, said more than 100 people were rescued from floods and the downtown was under water by Friday afternoon.

"Flash flooding will be extreme and flood waters will come up quickly and seemingly out of nowhere", the governor said.

In Wilmington, the storm tore down numerous trees when its centre tore through the area on Friday morning.

Florence also blew down trees, including one that went through the roof of Kevin DiLoreto's home in Wilmington.

"[It's] very eerie, the wind howling, the rain blowing sideways, debris flying", Orsa, who lives nearby and fears splintering trees will pummel her house, told The Associated Press.

There was just one problem: While Seidel looked as if he needed to guard against the wind and the rain, two people walked behind him as though nothing was wrong and ruined the appearance of dire conditions.

New Hanover County officials said Thursday morning that it could accept more residents seeking shelter at Trask Middle School, Eaton Elementary School, Codington Elementary School, the Johnson Pre-K Center and Noble Middle School.

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