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Hurricane Florence claims first victims as tree kills mum and baby

16 Septembre 2018

The father was taken to hospital with unspecified injuries.

The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said hurricane and storm surge warnings are in effect for South Santee River in SC to Duck, North Carolina, and the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds.

Water also rushed into the county's emergency operations center. "It can't be operated near rain", Wareheim said.

Roy Cooper said another person was killed in Lenoir County, reports WTVD. "The longer you have this hurricane wind flow, the longer you push that water well inland", he said.

As rescuers battled strong winds and debris-filled floodwaters to pluck hundreds of stranded people from their homes, officials confirmed at least three deaths from the monster storm, while USA media reported a fourth. The system was downgraded to a tropical storm on Friday afternoon but remained a slow-moving destructive storm.

Although the storm is now a Category 1 hurricane, it is still dumping feet of rain over coastal communities. "I said, no I got to go". "Do not go, and stay in place". By midnight, his rain gauge showed that he'd gotten 9 inches (23 centimeters) of rain since midafternoon. More than 3,000 inmates at North Carolina prisons and juvenile detention centres were moved out of the storm's path.

Super Typhoon Mangkhut tore through the northern tip of the Philippines on Saturday packing winds of more than 200 km per hour (124 mph) along with torrential rain, killing three people and causing floods, landslides and power outages.

Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous agreed, telling Muir, "I see a biblical proportion flood event that's going to occur".

Sarah Risty-Davis, who was born and raised in New Bern, told NPR's Morning Edition that she saw high floodwaters until the early morning but that the water has mostly receded in her neighborhood.

As the giant, 644km/hr hurricane pounded away, it unloaded heavy rain, flattened trees, chewed up roads and knocked out power to more than 600,000 homes and businesses. Officials are predicting that potentially 2.5 million customers could be without power as the storm continues on.

The Environmental Protection Agency has identified 40 Superfund sites in threatened parts of the Carolinas, Virginia and Maryland, including polluted industrial sites, chemical plants, coastal shipyards and military bases.

Record water levels occurred at Wrightsville Beach, said NOAA's Ocean Service, which reported the ocean "reached reached 4.11 ft above high tide, breaking a record set by Hurricane Joaquin in 2015 by more than a foot".

Holt, who has diabetes and clogged arteries, said she stayed for doctor's appointments that were canceled at the last minute.

"If the rain had been - they said 20 inches like with Floyd [in 1999] - I'd be at the house now".

"The shelters are not taking dogs", Ramirez said.

"We were trying to figure out if we had enough finances to get out and if we were to get out, were we going to be able to get back home. You rock! We couldn't have done it without you!" the city tweeted on Saturday.

The city had over 1,200 911 calls in a 12-hour span, said Roberts. Flooding also hit the Bogue Sound near Beaufort, the Pungo River at Belhaven and the Pamlico River at Washington. "You have somewhat of a culture that it won't happen in New Bern and it has happened in New Bern".

"It's like a bomb has gone off", Zaytoun told "Good Morning America" Friday.

The flooding soon spread into SC, swamping places like North Myrtle Beach, in a resort area known for its white sands and multitude of golf courses.

Florence is projected to migrate at barely more than a walking pace across northern SC, passing close to the city of Florence - truly - on Saturday. He says that "over the years the state government and the federal government have become very coordinated in their ability to manage the pre-deployment of assets (and) the response to the citizens of those states, and we will soon be into the recovery". "But I think we're ready".

Columbia could see gusts of 50 miles per hour, plus 4 to 7 inches of rain, creating the potential for flash flooding.

Hurricane Florence claims first victims as tree kills mum and baby