Hundreds rescued as Hurricane Florence pounds Carolinas

Hundreds rescued as Hurricane Florence pounds Carolinas

Hundreds rescued as Hurricane Florence pounds Carolinas

Another woman died of a heart attack; paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris. A fourth person was killed in Lenoir County while plugging in a generator, the governor's office said. But these winds combined with a giant storm surge and deluge of rain are brewing havoc along the coast.

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New Bern, the city on the North Carolina coast where the Neuse River and Trent River intersect, was reeling Friday after being inundated from flooding caused by Hurricane Florence.

Marson said they'd lost power and the winds were howling outside, but they had enough food and water to last them for days.

The city warns that people "may need to move up to the second story" but tells them to stay put as "we are coming to get you".

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Officials said several agencies responded to the incident.

And Hurricane Florence, though far from the fastest-windspeed storm in recent memory, remains a significant threat precisely due to the large surge and huge rainfall it's dumping on affected areas.

Five million people are at risk with warnings of possible landslides and flooding. The National Hurricane Centre in Miami says the core of Florence was located at 11pm Friday about 20 kilometres west-northwest of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, a resort area known for its white sands and multitude of golf courses.

"WPD can confirm the first two fatalities of Hurricane #Florence in Wilmington".

Anyone remaining in coastal areas on the East Coast is warned that the surges can cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

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It should dissipate by early next week, the hurricane center said. "The rain's going to be around for a long time", he said. Rain projections also increased, with some locations along the North Carolina coast now expected to get up to 40 inches.

"We would recommend that people hold on to nonperishable items to be prepared for the next emergency, which could happen at any time of year", said James City County spokeswoman Renee Dallman.

Besides federal and state emergency crews, they were being helped by volunteers from the so-called "Cajun Navy" who also turned up in Houston during Hurricane Harvey to carry out water rescues.

As of 8am ET on Thursday, Florence was driving maximum sustained winds of 110mph (177km/h), according to an updated forecast from the National Hurricane Center.

According to poweroutage.us, more than 500,000 customers in North Carolina and 50,000 in SC were without power on Friday morning, though the Weather Channel estimates up to 3 million customers could lose power in the Carolinas due to Florence.

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. "We got thrown into mailboxes, houses, trees", said Holt, who had stayed at home because of a doctor's appointment that was later cancelled. "I wonder how it would have been with a Category 4 or 5".

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"The fact is this storm is deadly and we know we are days away from an ending", Cooper said.

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