Hurricane Florence: North Carolina family's garage submerged in water

Eloise Marshall
September 15, 2018

A mother and her eight-month-old baby were killed Friday when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from police in Wilmington, N.C. The father was transported to a hospital for treatment.

Leaves, branches and other debris surround and cover a auto during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of New Bern, North Carolina, U.S. on Friday.

A mother and infant in North Carolina were among the first reported fatalities linked to Hurricane Florence.

At least four people have died since Hurricane Florence crashed into the coast Friday and almost stalled.

Forecasters said Florence's surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 3.4 metres of ocean water, and days of downpours could unload more than 0.9 metres of rain, touching off severe flooding.

A woman in Hampstead, in Pender County, died of an apparent heart attack after emergency crews could not clear debris to get to her. Storm surge search and rescue operations have been underway across the county. He said parts of North Carolina had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 10 feet.

More than 1.7 million people in Virginia, North and SC were told to evacuate ahead of Florence's arrival.

Officials in New Bern, which dates to the early 18th century, said over 100 people were rescued from floods and the downtown was under water by Friday afternoon.

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The National Hurricane Center is predicting the storm will produce "catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding". And Hurricane Florence will take aim at the Southeast coast of the United States late this week, likely as a major hurricane.

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Forecasters say "it can not be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard associated with slow-moving Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will be spreading inland". Authorities say at least 20,000 people have evacuated their homes and are sought refuge in shelters throughout North Carolina.

Rain is forecast to continue through the weekend, bringing risky flooding conditions to many areas of North Carolina. The streets were mostly deserted and some were blocked by fallen trees. Gigi Charlebois, owner of the Edenton Coffee House on the northern shore of North Carolina's Albemarle Sound, chose to stay with her family overnight in the shop's dining room, sleeping on couches, pull-out cots and a mattress.

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

North Carolina emergency management officials said more than 600,000 customers in North Carolina were without power.

"We've got nearly 20,000 people in 157 shelters", Cooper said.

By Friday evening, the center of the storm had moved to eastern SC, about 15 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. "Right now we are on the edge as far as the amount of wind that we will have that will warrant that condition".

At the time, the storm carried winds of about 90 miles per hour (145 km/h), making it a Category 1 storm, but that ranking belies the hurricane's massive clouds and the downpour it is visiting on the coastline, with some areas already drenched in 30 inches (76 centimeters) of rain. Up to 10 feet of storm surge is expected, while some of the inlets can see up to 15 feet.

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