Looters arrested as Florence wreaks havoc in North Carolina

Looters arrested as Florence wreaks havoc in North Carolina

Looters arrested as Florence wreaks havoc in North Carolina

The National Hurricane Center said Florence broke a North Carolina rainfall record that had stood for nearly 20 years: Preliminary reports showed Swansboro got more than 30 inches and counting, obliterating the mark set in 1999, when Hurricane Floyd dropped just over 24 inches on the state.

"Dangerous storm surge could also affect portions of the northeast coast of SC coast today". The storm was once a powerful Category 4 storm but became a slow-moving Category 1 storm when it made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina, on Friday.

"Life-threatening, catastrophic flash floods and prolonged significant river flooding are likely over portions of the Carolinas and the southern to central Appalachians from western North Carolina into west-central Virginia through early next week, as Florence moves slowly inland", the NHC statement read.

Hurricane-force winds extended 90 miles (150 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometers). "We have started to see the water recede". Dozens more were rescued from a collapsed motel.

Across the Trent River from New Bern, Jerry and Jan Andrews returned home after evacuating to find carp flopping in their backyard near the porch stairs.

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About 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians have been deployed, with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats. A tropical storm warning is in effect for north of Duck, NC, to the North Carolina/Virginia border.

As Florence drew near, President Donald Trump tweeted that FEMA and first responders are "supplied and ready", and he disputed the official conclusion that almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico, claiming the figure was a Democratic plot to make him look bad.

The Cape Fear River has overrun its banks, allowing water to pour into the downtown area of Wilmington.

Hurricane Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm hours after making landfall on Friday.

A mother and her child were killed in Wilmington when a tree fell on their home on Friday.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper called Florence an "uninvited brute" that could wipe out entire communities as it grinds its way across land. Areas from Wilmington through Fayetteville to Charlotte will experience 500-year to 1,000-year flood events, he said.

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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.

Almost 814,000 homes in North Carolina and 170,000 in SC are without power. By Saturday afternoon, Swansboro, North Carolina had recorded over 30 inches of rain - and at least another foot was in the forecast.

Members of Onslow County emergency look to see if a passenger was still in a vehicle that was overtaken by flooding on US Route 17 outside of Jacksonville, North Carolina.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted during the height of the storm.

FEMA teams were employing boats in the rescues and were determining which cases were the most severe. "We got thrown into mailboxes, houses, trees", said Holt, who had stayed at home because of a doctor's appointment that was later canceled. She retreated and was eventually rescued by a boat crew; 140 more awaited assistance. What they found, however, were two dogs and two cats in dire straits.

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