Tropical Storm Florence to batter USA for days, officials warn

People being rescued by the US Army in New Bern North Carolina

In Cumberland County, two people died after their home caught on fire.

Two men in their 70s were killed in Lenoir County.

One person died at the West Brunswick High School shelter Thursday morning, according to a spokesperson for Brunswick County.

With flood waters advancing rapidly in many communities, around 50 stranded people had been airlifted out by helicopter in North Carolina, said Petty Officer Michael Himes of the U.S. Coast Guard. The number of people still not rescued fell to about 40 by Friday afternoon, according to New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw.

This raw video shows a boat going through the flooded streets of Jacksonville rescuing pets from homes as Hurricane Florence hangs over eastern North Carolina. On the opposite hand, some salvage been peaceable of their properties when Florence struck on Friday.

The storm was downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm late Friday.

Still big: tropical-force winds extending out up to 175 miles from the center.

Almost 9,00,000 homes and businesses were without power in the Carolinas early on Friday, utility officials said.

The Carteret Country Sheriff's Office confirmed that two deaths initially reported as a result of Florence in North Carolina were a result of an apparent murder-suicide. Also of concern were more than three dozen coal ash dumps at power plants in the region.

Many thousand more power customers were without electricity in northeastern South Carolina Friday night.




A driver in a pickup truck drove standing water and lost control of the vehicle near Gilbert, SC on Sunday morning, according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.

At a briefing, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said the risk of fatality will only grow when people venture out once the winds die down.

"There is going to be a lot of rain".

"The sun rose this morning on an extremely risky situation and it's getting worse", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said, and called Florence a "thousand-year rain event". Many properties within the mumble are now now not willing to handle the extensive flood of water introduced in by a storm surge, she urged World News on Thursday.Here's what the predicted 4-metre storm surge appears cherish.

As of noon, Emerald Isle had more than 23 inches (58 centimeters) of rain, and Wilmington and Goldsboro had about a foot (30 centimeters). The flash flooding could devastate communities and endanger dams, roads and bridges.

About 800 flights in the region were canceled ahead of the storm, CNN reported. "Warmer oceans mean more energy to intensify tropical storms and hurricanes", he said. At least 1 million people were ordered to evacuate along the coast.

The National Hurricane Center described Florence's path as a wobble around southeastern North Carolina.

President Donald Trump praised the "incredible job" being done by the Federal Emergency Management Agency workers and first-responders. It introduced the ocean with it, pushing a storm surge inland that's predicted to reach up to 4 metres deep in some areas.

A storm surge warning is in effect for Myrtle Beach, SC to Ocracoke Inlet, NC, and the Pamlico Sound, including the Pamlico and Neuse rivers. Storm surge could be up to 13 feet, pushing seawater as much as 2 miles inland. NASA is using its various high-flying tools to monitor the storm, taking precipitations measurements and NOAA's National Hurricane Center is using that data to forecast the storm's progress.

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