Mother, child killed as Hurricane Florence swamps US

Mother, child killed as Hurricane Florence swamps US

Mother, child killed as Hurricane Florence swamps US

"What happens is that we rescue some people and then we find out there are still more who need it", he said. We are more inland from the coast.

While Seidel did seem overly dramatic in Friday's newscast, Hurricane Florence is no joking matter.

Gov. Roy Cooper's office said he died while plugging in a generator.

A 78-year-old man was electrocuted attempting to connect extension cords while another man perished when he was blown down by high winds while checking on his hunting dogs.

The Wilmington Police Department said Friday that the two were killed when a tree fell on their house. Later in the day, trees could be seen on top of roofs, driveways and parked cars. "The water looming over Dr. Navarro is a brilliant way of showing the dangers of storm surge".

While he didn't know the family at the centre of the tragedy, it was devastating for him to see bereaved relatives coming to the house after they heard what happened.

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Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles from its centre, and tropical storm force winds up to 195 miles. Florence is rated a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.

As rescuers battled strong winds and debris-filled floodwaters to pluck hundreds of stranded people from their homes, officials confirmed at least three deaths from the monster storm, while U.S. media reported a fourth.

"Very eerie, the wind howling, the rain blowing sideways, debris flying", said Orsa, who lives nearby and feared splintering trees would pummel her house.

Residents at Trent Court Apartments wait out the weather as rising water gets closer to their doors in New Bern, North Carolina.

High winds and storm surge from Hurricane Florence hits Swansboro N.C., September 14, 2018.

Its top sustained winds have dropped to 70km/h and it's at a near standstill, moving west at just 6 km/h.

Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 280 kilometres from its center. Looming as a Category 5 earlier this week, it has since been downgraded to a tropical storm.

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About 1.7 million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders and millions of others live in areas likely to be affected by the storm.

As 400-mile-wide Florence pounded away at the coast with torrential downpours and surging seas, rescue crews used boats to reach scores of people besieged by rising waters along a river.

"Just because the wind speed came down, the intensity of this storm came down. please do not let your guard down", said Brock Long, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), earlier on Thursday. "We are stuck in the attic".

It was set to inundate nearly all of North Carolina in several feet of water, State Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference, while National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear predicted up to eight months of rain in two or three days. It's expected to move slowly over eastern SC on Friday night through Saturday night. "The storm is wreaking havoc on our state".

Hurricane Florence made landfall on Friday morning near Wrightsville Beach, N.C., according to the National Hurricane Center.

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New Bern resident Latasha Jones is one of the more fortunate ones.

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