Hurricane Florence Rocks Wooden Pier in Nags Head

Hurricane Florence Rocks Wooden Pier in Nags Head

Tropical Storm Florence keeps drenching the central Carolinas and is expected to generate up to 380 millimetres of rain before it swings north over the Appalachian Mountains and into the Ohio Valley on Monday.

The NHC described Florence as a "slow mover" and said it had the potential to dump historic amounts of rain on North and SC, as much as 40 inches (one meter) in some places.

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

Yesterday, the European Space Agency released a short video of astronauts aboard the space station watching the storm out of the cupola armed with powerful cameras to capture its giant knot of storm clouds.

A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina. The father was pulled from the home and transported to a local hospital with injuries, police said. A woman in Pender County, North Carolina, died from a heart attack after calling emergency services, as paramedics could not reach her because of fallen trees.

Both deaths were reported to the State Medical Examiner's Office by the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office. He called the rain an event that comes along only once every 1,000 years. Storm surges as high as 7 to 11 feet remain threats from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout in North Carolina, with life-threatening surges up to 6 feet possible across a much wider area.

In New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River trapped people, and Mayor Dana Outlaw told The Charlotte Observer that about 200 had been rescued by 5 a.m. Residents reached out for help through the night by phone and social media.

Resident Jay Manning said he and his wife watched with alarm as water filled the street.

"The wind was so hard, the waters were so hard that, trying to get out, we got thrown into trailers". My wifes in a panic right now.

Dan Eudy said he and his brother were awakened on Thursday night by the sound of a boat ramming against his front porch.

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The body of the 78-year-old man was discovered by family members on Friday morning.

"We've got some damage that's occurring", he said.

Florence had been a Category 3 hurricane with 120 miles per hour winds on Thursday but dropped to Category 1 before coming ashore. The flooding began on barrier islands in North Carolina and then spread into coastal and river communities there and in SC, swamping the white sands and golf courses in North Myrtle Beach.

Hurricane Florence's leading edge started lashing the Carolina coast on Thursday with huge waves crashing in and at least 12,000 people already without power.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm.

CORRECTING TYPO IN CITY NAME Leaves, branches and other debris surround and cover a vehicle during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of New Bern, North Carolina, U.S. September 14, 2018. Hundreds more had to be rescued elsewhere from rising waters.

For people living inland in the Carolinas, however, the moment of maximum peril from flash flooding could arrive days later, because it takes time for rainwater to drain into rivers and for those streams to crest.

Utility officials say almost 900,000 homes and businesses were without power in the Carolinas on Friday and more were expected to lose power.

President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency in SC ahead of the storm. Trump plans a visit to the region next week.

What is known was that as of 11 p.m. Friday, Florence's maximum winds were recorded at 65 miles per hour while it was hovering near Conway, NWS Columbia reported.

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