'The water kept rising': Residents overwhelmed by flooding

Cesar Mills
September 15, 2018

"The fact that there haven't been more deaths and damage is fantastic and a blessing", said Rebekah Roth, walking around Wilmington's Winoca Terrace neighborhood on Saturday.

The National Hurricane Center downgraded it to a tropical storm on Friday afternoon, but warned that life-threatening storm surges - in which water is pushed by a storm over land that would normally be dry - and catastrophic freshwater flooding were still expected.

Trump ordered federal aid to supplement recovery efforts beginning September 7 in areas affected by Florence, which made landfall early Friday as a Category 1 hurricane, the White House said. It said it was located about 40 miles (65 km) west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and forecasters predicted a slow westward march. At least four people have died, and authorities fear the toll will go higher as the tropical storm crawls westward Saturday across SC. He said five deaths were confirmed from the storm and "several others are under investigation".

"Hurricane Florence is powerful, slow and relentless", Cooper said.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door-to-door to pull dozens of people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse.

As Florence moves further inland over the coming days, the storm is expected to gradually weaken.

The mother and her baby were killed in New Hanover County when a tree fell on their house, the governor said, while confirming another death in Lenoir County.

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In Pender County, North Carolina, a woman suffered a heart attack and died because hurricane debris blocking roads prevented paramedics from reaching her. TV station WNCN said the 78-year-old victim and was "trying to connect two extension cords outside in the rain".

That kind of scenario is likely to repeat itself all over communities in Eastern North Carolina, as swollen rivers flood towns and the pouring rain adds to the misery.

"The town is a mess, but for most people it will just be a matter of cleaning up", he said.

At least 150 people were waiting to be rescued in New Bern, N.C., officials tweeted Thursday evening.

Some local residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit early on Friday.

"These are folks who chose to stay and ride out the storm for whatever reason, despite having a mandatory evacuation", she said.

Across North Carolina, more than 65 school districts are closed, and almost all University of North Carolina system schools have cancelled classes. That should spell some relief for the inundated areas of Onslow county, but unfortunately puts the city of Wilmington, southeast coastal communities of North Carolina and northeast areas of SC in the line of fire instead.

More than a million people along the coastlines of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have been ordered to evacuate. On Saturday morning, Carteret County Emergency Services confirmed that two people died in the county.

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