Published: Sat, September 15, 2018

Hurricane Florence in pictures: ‘1,000 year event’ storm LASHES US east coast

Hurricane Florence in pictures: ‘1,000 year event’ storm LASHES US east coast

There have been seven storm-related deaths since Florence, then a Category-1 hurricane, made landfall Friday morning. More than 360 people have been carried to safety since Thursday night amid rising waters from a river swelled by both rain and salty storm surge.

In Wilmington, the storm tore down numerous trees when its centre tore through the area on Friday morning.

Claire Tran, a 21-year-old journalist in Washington, DC, told Insider she's seen more than 10 Tinder profiles with bios referring to the Category 1 storm.

The storm battered the coastline throughout Friday and Saturday with hurricane-force winds and as much as 2ft (60cm) of rain in some areas of North Carolina.

At 5 a.m., the center was all but parked over SC, about 35 miles (55 kilometers) west of Myrtle Beach, moving west-southwest at just 5 mph (8 kph) and scooping massive amounts of moisture from the sea. "Don't drive across standing or moving water", the governor said, urging people to heed evacuation orders.

By 3 p.m., more than 15.5 inches had accumulated in Moorehead City, the National Hurricane Center reported.

Ryan Maue, a meteorologist at weather.us, said the storm will dump approximately 10 trillion gallons of water on North Carolina, about a quarter of the annual total.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence's winds have slowed to tropical storm strength, and said the storm is moving slowly inland with sustained winds of 110 kilometers per hour and higher gusts.

A North Carolina city says about 70 people have been rescued from a hotel whose structural integrity is being threatened by Hurricane Florence.


In the historic port city of Wilmington, North Carolina, a mother and her baby were killed when a tree fell on their house, officials said.

The father was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment.

A woman in Hampstead, in Pender County, died of an apparent heart attack after emergency crews could not clear debris to get to her. Carteret County officials said Saturday that two people had died there, but the cause of those deaths couldn't be determined.

First responders in North Carolina are scrambling to rescue residents stranded in the coastal town of New Bern.

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. New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw told The Charlotte Observer about 200 people already had been rescued by 5 a.m. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the authorities in New Bern said on Twitter. TV station WNCN said the 78-year-old victim and was "trying to connect two extension cords outside in the rain".

Authorities in North Carolina said almost 814,000 customers were without power.

The flooding soon spread into SC.

More than 22,600 people in North Carolina were housed in 150 shelters statewide, including schools, churches and Wake Forest University's basketball arena. In South Carolina there were 7,000 people staying in shelters.

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.

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