Florence death toll rises to 5 amid massive deluge

Blanche Robertson
September 16, 2018

Police in Wilmington confirmed the mother, Lesha Murphy-Johnson, and baby Adam died, with the tot's father rescued and rushed to the hospital. In Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack after paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris.

Florence peaked at a terrifying Category 4 with top winds of 140 mph over warm ocean water before making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15am at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line. But Florence, a Category 1 when it hit, already had pounded coastal areas for hours.

The monster storm could dump drenching rains of up to one meter.

She tried to row out of her neighborhood Thursday night with a boat that was in her yard after her home began to flood, but had to retreat because of the poor conditions. People were stuck in their cars, attics and rooftops, waiting for rescuers in boats.

In Fayetteville in North Carolina, officials warned people living by swollen rivers that the worst was yet to come. He suggested speciously that George Washington University - whose researchers analyzed mortality data in Puerto Rico in order to determine how many people died during the hurricane and its aftermath - created the numbers "like magic" through an unprecedented and unproven method.

"It has slowed", he said. "We have started to see the water recede".

SC has reported its first death from Florence. Cruise ships have diverted to Florida away from the storm's path, and some hotels are offering special discounts for evacuees.

Tropical storm-force winds stretched up to 150 miles (240 kph) from the storm's center. Emergency crews also rescued an Onslow family from their home where a tree fell through the roof, Jordan said.

Other areas throughout the region reported flooded and impassable roads, downed trees and power lines and power outages of more than 125,000 customers.

Florence crashed ashore Friday morning in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane, and it has wiped out power to about 796,000 customers in that state and SC, reports CNN.

The Triangle is under a flash flood warning until 8 p.m. Sunday.

Losing Speed, Tropical Storm Florence Will Continue Slowly Through The Carolinas
Three died in one inland county, Duplin, because of water on roads and flash floods, the sheriff's office said. Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm and further downgraded to a tropical storm on Friday evening.

The NWS says southern and central portions of North Carolina into far northeast SC are expected to report an additional 10 to 15 inches of rainfall - with storm totals between 30 and 40 inches along the coastal areas south of Cape Hatteras.

"We're a resilient community, we work well together, we'll get through this".

With the eye of Florence stalled near the coast, the half of the storm still out over the Atlantic continued to collect warm ocean water and dump it on land. "It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave".

About 10mn people could be affected by the storm. The flash flooding could devastate communities and endanger dams, roads and bridges. However, as US Presidents Trump says, "fake news". The rivers are in most cases several days from cresting. Five hundred National Guard troops had responded to calls by 11 a.m. Friday.

"I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", he said.

"The fact that there haven't been more deaths and damage is fantastic and a blessing", Rebekah Roth said yesterday while walking around Wilmington's Winoca Terrace neighborhood.

The Weather Channel's Mike Seidel was seemingly battling to stay upright as he filmed a piece in North Carolina - only for two pedestrians to calmly stroll past in the background.

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). He added that there would be no mercy for those who try to steal from others' homes during the storm.

Across the Trent River from New Bern, Jerry and Jan Andrews returned home after evacuating to find carp flopping in their backyard near the porch stairs.

Seven emergency shelters are open in the county. Additional swiftwater rescue teams were on the way.

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