Hurricane Florence makes landfall, set to deluge Carolinas

Cesar Mills
September 16, 2018

A man who was trapped inside his New Bern, North Carolina, home by Tropical Storm Florence spoke with Fox & Friends on Saturday.

New Bern has been one of the hardest hit areas by Florence, experiencing a 10-and-a-half-foot storm surge.

Residents have been warned that they could see further destruction through flooding and landslides in the coming hours, as the death toll reaches five people on Saturday.

New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has advised that there are now 96 New Zealanders officially registered with SafeTravel as being in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. About 400 people have been rescued.

The aquatic mammals are seen swimming against the current of the storm surge as it pounds the coastline near Wilmington, North Carolina, yesterday.

The Governor's Office has activated the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund, which has been used in previous disasters, to accept donations to support North Carolina's response to Hurricane Florence. "You're going to have flooding miles and miles inland", the center's director, Ken Graham, said.

A tree that fell on a house, killing two people, is seen during Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina on September 14, 2018. "More than likely it's maybe a mindset of 'we've been through this before, '" he said.

The National Hurricane Center downgraded it to a tropical storm on Friday afternoon, but warned it would dump as much as 30 to 40 inches of rain on the southeastern coast of North Carolina and into the northeastern coast of SC in spots.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, Florence was centered about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, moving west at 2 mph (4 kph), not even as fast as a person can walk.

Florence has already knocked out power to close to a million households in the Carolinas, with some areas not expecting to regain electricity for days.

The rain has turned sideways, rivers are swollen and flood waters are swamping streets as the fury of Hurricane Florence threatens the Carolina's with life-threatening conditions.

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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.

North Carolina Gov Roy Cooper called Florence an "uninvited brute" that could wipe out entire communities as it grinds its way across land.

Florence already has set a North Carolina record for rainfall totals, exceeding that of Hurricane Floyd, which struck in 1999 and caused 56 deaths.

Evacuation warnings were issued for 1.7 million people in the region.

Jacob Fernandez (left) and Josh Fernandez play around on the tree that fell near their home as Hurricane Florence passed through the area on Friday in Bolivia, N.C. The woman's husband was injured in the incident and taken to a nearby hospital, according to police.

In Pender County, a woman died from a heart attack after paramedics were not able to get to her.

U.S. media later said a man in Lenoir County died after heavy winds knocked him down as he tried to check on his dogs.

In New Bern, at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers in North Carolina, Florence overwhelmed the town of 30,000. A town spokesman said between 60 and 75 people were awaiting rescue on Saturday.

The body of a 77-year-old man, also in Kinston, was found by his family at his home, and it is believed he died when he was blown down after going outside to check on his hunting dogs, Dail said. But Outlaw said on Friday morning it's "not a bad idea to get in your vehicle and get west of I-95" if residents feel they can safely do so.

By Friday morning Florence had already sapped power to almost 450,000 customers in the Carolinas, emergency officials said. The figure for SC was 170,000.

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