Gov. McMaster cautions SC residents as Hurricane Florence moves toward state

17 September, 2018, 00:35 | Author: Sam Montgomery
  • Russ Lewis covers his eyes from a gust of wind and a blast of sand as Hurricane Florence approaches Myrtle Beach South Carolina early Friday

- A 78-year-old man was electrocuted in the rain while trying to connect extension cords for a generator, Lenoir County, North Carolina spokesman Bryan Hanks says.

The death toll attributed to Florence stands at 11, including 10 in North Carolina and one in SC.

Two people died in Wilmington after a tree fell on their house, the city's police department said.

A gust of 105 miles per hour was recorded at Wilmington airport, surpassing the power of Hurricane Fran two decades ago.

Wilmington, North Carolina, recorded wind gusts as high as 105 miles per hour, where a mother and her 8-month-old infant were confirmed dead after being crushed when a tree fell onto the house they were in, according to ABC News.

The father was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment, where no update was provided on his condition.

WILMINGTON, North Carolina: Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina early Friday local time, pushing a life-threatening storm surge of floodwater several kilometres inland and ripping apart buildings with screaming wind and pelting rain.

It added the greatest threats to life came from storm-surges while "catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding" was expected, with some areas receiving up to 40 inches of rainfall.

A downed tree blocks a street in Wilmington after being uprooted by Florence's strong winds. Forecasters said the onslaught could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas.

Hurricane Florence, weakened but still unsafe, has crashed into the Carolinas on Friday as a giant, slow-moving storm that stranded residents with floodwaters and swamped part of the town of New Bern at the beginning of what could be a days-long deluge. "We have two boats and all our worldly possessions", said Susan Patchkofsky, who refused her family's pleas to evacuate and stayed at Emerald Isle with her husband.

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Tropical storm warnings were in effect for Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe, while watches were in effect for Montserrat, St. Coastal areas in both Carolinas have taken steps to evacuate residents and tourists, including a mandatory evacuation in SC .

Craven County public information officer Amber Parker says the storm surge has caused flooding in some downtown New Bern businesses, and Union Park is underwater.

It is expected to move across parts of south-eastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said.

The North Carolina State Emergency Response Team released a statement Saturday night indicating a, 81-year-old man died in Wayne County after falling and hitting his head as he packed to evacuate on Friday.

Almost 200 people have already been rescued, according to Colleen Roberts, a city public information officer, Fox News reported.

Florence is expected to slowly move west-southwest through early Saturday.

"I honestly cried", Kittrell said.

The storm is expected to track across SC over the weekend.

"Florence is here to stay for awhile", McMaster said from Columbia Friday afternoon.

Hurricane Florence won't just leave fallen trees and flooded streets in its wake. Then it will swing to the northeast in the middle of next week on a path to the Atlantic Ocean near Nova Scotia, where it will be an extratropical low with gale-force winds.

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