Losing Speed, Tropical Storm Florence Will Continue Slowly Through The Carolinas

Losing Speed, Tropical Storm Florence Will Continue Slowly Through The Carolinas

Losing Speed, Tropical Storm Florence Will Continue Slowly Through The Carolinas

North Carolina's governor, Roy Cooper, labelled the storm "an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave".

Officials in SC said Saturday that the first fatality was confirmed in that state.

In New Bern, North Carolina, where the Neuse and Trent rivers intersect, around 200 people were rescued after being stranded in their homes overnight, according to Mayor Dana Outlaw.

Roberts said early estimates show about 4,300 residences and 300 commercial buildings had been damaged. A local official said it was a "storm-related medical fatality", but did not elaborate.

"This system is unloading an epic amount of rainfall: in some places, measured in feet, not inches".

Florence was packing 120mph winds (193km/h) on Thursday but weakened from a Category 3 hurricane to Category 1 before it hit the coastline on Friday.

"We moved all the furniture up in case the water comes in but the water seems to be staying at the edge of the driveway", he said, adding that if the wind picks up and the rain keeps coming, that could change.

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Meteorologists are also keeping an eye on yet another tropical disturbance that's spinning in the western Gulf of Mexico. National Hurricane Center (NHC) provided the latest update on Hurricane Florence at 8 a.m. on September 12.

Right now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center is predicting that Florence will become a tropical storm tomorrow (Sept. 15) over SC, continue northwest to eastern Kentucky, then swing northeast and track over most of New England early next week.

That's how hard the wind gusted in North Carolina's New River inlet.

At least 100 rescues have been made in hard-hit New Bern, and that figure is expected to climb. He said "if those shelters fill up, we will establish more shelters".

Florence's fatality count rose to seven on September 15, as the storm continued hammering the Carolinas and surrounding states.

In the historic port city of Wilmington, North Carolina, a mother and her baby were killed when a tree fell on their house, officials said.

On Saturday, evacuation orders were lifted for Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties, also Edisto Beach in Colleton County. In Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack. As her son fed the goats in a hotel parking lot, she said she might not be able to return home until the middle of next week.

Elsewhere in North Carolina, a man was knocked to the ground while outside and died. The storm has already killed five people and battered homes along the Carolina coast.

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Along with this projection, NHC warned of "life-threatening" storm surges and floods throughout both North Carolina and SC.

With tropical storm-force winds swirling 350 miles wide, Florence continued deluging the Carolinas on Saturday morning after pushing surging seas far ashore.

The military announced Saturday it was deploying almost 200 soldiers to assist in storm-related response and recovery efforts, along with 100 trucks and equipment.

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

After coming ashore in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane, Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm Friday afternoon and trudged into SC as night came. It was downgraded to Category 1 before coming ashore on Friday near Wrightsville Beach, near Wilmington.

As of 6 a.m., Florence was 10 miles (20 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina. Electricity remained out for much of the city, with power lines lying across many roads like wet strands of spaghetti. Some areas are forecast to receive up to 15 inches more rain, and storm totals could reach over 3 feet in some areas for the week.

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