Death Toll From Florence Rises To Double Digits

Death Toll From Florence Rises To Double Digits

A father in the same home was transported to the hospital. Greenville station WITN said a 78-year-old man was electrocuted while he was trying to connect two extension cords in the rain. Parts of North Carolina had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 10 feet (3 meters), he said.

"Even though the storm has been downgraded to a tropical storm, you can see we are getting hit here in Myrtle Beach", NBC News correspondent Tammy Leitner reported Friday.

The enormous storm crept at a 6 miles per hour pace, making it clear that the trouble was just beginning. In Craven County, authorities say they received more than 150 telephone calls to rescue people in the historic town of New Bern because water had entered their homes.

Coast Guard helicopters were taking off across the street to rescue stranded people from rooftops and swamped cars.

Trump, who plans a visit to the region next week, tweeted his "deepest sympathies and warmth" to the families and friends of those who had lost their lives. "North Carolinians are resilient and we're going to pull together and get this thing done".

The surge is also likely along portions of the SC coast.

At 2300 EDT (0300 GMT), the NHC said Florence had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 km), and was slowly drifting westward over SC.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the US electricity sector has been well prepared for Hurricane Florence even as hundreds of thousands of homes lose power in the storm.

Cruise ships have diverted to Florida away from the storm's path, and some hotels are offering special discounts for evacuees. Storm Helene and tropical storm Isaac are churning at some stage within the Atlantic Ocean, whereas Storm Mangkhut threatens 5 million people within the Philippines and China. She retreated and was eventually rescued by a boat crew; 140 more awaited assistance.

The tree's massive size required special equipment from rescuers also battling whipping winds and pelting rain to extricate them. It's since slowed down even more than it had been - moving west at just 2 miles per hour. The weather service warned that all coastal areas and tidally connected creeks, rivers, bays, and waterways are at risk of storm surge flooding.

The Triangle is under a flash flood warning until 8 p.m. Sunday.

He urged residents not to return to their homes to check the damage to their property.

Here are the latest predictions and maps for rainfall totals in North and South Carolina, Virginia and elsewhere.

"It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave". The Little River, the Cape Fear, the Lumber, the Neuse, the Waccamaw and the Pee Dee were all projected to overrun their banks, possibly flooding cities and towns. In Belhaven, the rising Pungo River almost swallowed the first floor of a house.

"Our hearts go out to the families of those who died in this storm", Cooper said in a statement.

Emergency crews were stretched thin.

Roads are particularly bad in Pamlico and Craven counties, with major and secondary roads flooded, according to Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon.

Meteorologist Eric Holthaus predicted that Florence will be a 1,000-year rainfall event for portions of North Carolina and that it could pan out to be the heaviest rainstorm to hit the East Coast in history.

About 20,000 people hunkered down in 157 schools, shelters and a coliseum in Winston-Salem.

An ominous tweet appeared on a historic North Carolina community's Twitter feed about 2 a.m. Friday.

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