Hurricane Florence: Deadly storm leaves North Carolina homes destroyed

Carlton Robbins
September 17, 2018

"If it happened to me, if I was in such peril at anytime, I would want somebody to offer to help me, because there are so many people that have so much, and then there are those that have nothing", Shell said.

Florence flattened trees, crumbled roads and the assault wasn't anywhere close to being over, with the siege in the Carolinas expected to last all weekend.

The governor of the storm-hit USA state of North Carolina has warned that Tropical Storm Florence could linger for days, wiping out communities as it sweeps across the country's east.

The Miami-based center had said earlier Friday Florence's arrival would come with "catastrophic" fresh water flooding over portions of the Carolinas.

"A mother and infant were killed when a tree fell on their house", police tweeted Friday afternoon. All three people were in separate vehicles and died on Saturday, the Sheriff's Office said. The Neuse River rose rapidly, overcoming the streets of New Bern. "I was definitely stranded", she said.

After reaching a terrifying Category 4 peak of 225km/h earlier in the week, Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 Wrightsville Beach, a few kilometers east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line.

Homes are boarded up before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Carolina Beach, N.C.

Tropical Storm Florence dumped "epic" amounts of rain on North and SC as it trudged inland on Saturday, knocking out power and causing at least eight deaths as flood waters that have devastated many communities kept rising. But it was clear that this was really about the water, not the wind.

"Warmer oceans mean more energy to intensify tropical storms and hurricanes", he said.

In the days leading up to the arrival of Hurricane Florence, North Carolina's governor offered a series of dire warnings.

In Union, South Carolina, an elderly woman died Friday night after striking a fallen tree while driving. Five hundred National Guard troops had responded to calls by 11 a.m. Friday.

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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.

The authorities of the States of Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, and the nation's capital of Washington, in the direction which moves the "Florence", has introduced a state of emergency.

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons, enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches (25 centimeters). Emergency crews also rescued an Onslow family from their home where a tree fell through the roof, Jordan said.

A wind gust at the Wilmington airport was clocked at 105 miles per hour (nearly 170 kph), the highest since Hurricane Helene in 1958. Almost 2,100 flights have been canceled through Saturday.

He said he didn't know the family well but that the couple had multiple young children.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city of New Bern tweeted around 2:30 a.m. "We are stuck in the attic".

The Cajun Navy, a volunteer rescue group, were among those travelling by boat around the town to help people who were trapped.

"The wind was so hard, the waters were so hard, that trying to get out we got thrown into trailers". "We are doing as well as we can", Coudriet said.

Police said 150 to 200 residents have been rescued earlier on Friday and 150 or more were still awaiting rescue.

Ashley Warren and boyfriend Chris Smith did manage to paddle away from their home in a boat with their two dogs, and the experience left her shaken.

"Honestly, I grew up in Wilmington".

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