Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

'Violent grind': Florence leaves several dead, states flooded

'Violent grind': Florence leaves several dead, states flooded

Scenes of flooded streets, homes and businesses, power outages and pelting rains are emerging from the Carolinas as Hurricane Florence makes landfall in North Carolina. The father sustained injuries and was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington for medical care.

The White House said on Friday that US President Donald Trump had spoken with state and local officials, assuring them the federal government was prepared to help.

After reaching a terrifying Category 4 peak of 225 km/h earlier in the week, Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7.15am at Wrightsville Beach, a few kilometres east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line.

"More people die from storm surge than any proponent of hurricanes", Kottlowsk tells TIME.

Florence had been a Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale with 120-mph winds as of Thursday, but dropped to a Category 1 hurricane before coming ashore near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington.

The Cajun Navy, a rescue team formed after Katrina, scoured the small town of New Bern for victims when overnight flooding sent residents to their attics and rooftops. The hurricane, which has been downgraded from a category four storm to a category two, is not expected to weaken any further before it hits the coast.

As of 6 a.m., Florence was centered just 10 miles (20 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina.

In a hurricane, as Live Science has reported, the most significant threat is flooding, not the high winds.

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Winds bent trees towards the ground and raindrops flew sideways as Florence moved in for an extended stay, with enough of its killer winds swirling overseas to maintain its power.

At least 150 people were waiting to be rescued in New Bern, N.C., officials tweeted Thursday evening.

Governor Cooper said there have been "several hundred" rescue operations and "there are still some people they need to get to".

The National Hurricane Center said Florence will eventually make a right hook to the northeast over the southern Appalachians, moving into the Mid-Atlantic states and New England as a tropical depression by the middle of next week.

A fallen tree lies atop the crushed roof of a fast food restaurant after the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S., September 14, 2018.

No deaths have been reported in New Bern, but the situation caused by Hurricane Florence is dire, the mayor said.

The now Category 1 storm's intensity diminished as it neared land, with winds dropping to 90 miles per hour (135 kph) by nightfall.

Travel on the state's roads has grown "extremely hazardous", said Jim Trogdon, the North Carolina transportation secretary, who warned in a late-morning briefing that a 500- to 1,000-year "flood event is anticipated". The National Hurricane Center said the area should also expect "life-threatening" storm surges, hurricane-strength wind gusts and "catastrophic" fresh water flooding as Hurricane Florence slowly churns inland. Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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