Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
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Weather Channel Defends Reporter As He Allegedly Exaggerates Report On Hurricane Florence

Weather Channel Defends Reporter As He Allegedly Exaggerates Report On Hurricane Florence

Members of the North Carolina National Guard finish stacking sand bags under a highway overpass near the Lumber River which is expected to flood from Hurricane Florence's rain in Lumberton, North Carolina, on September 14, 2018.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper confirmed at least five storm-related deaths, and warned people who fled their homes against going back too soon. As of Saturday afternoon, about 752,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in SC. More than 1 million people are under mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders, with more than 10 million people under storm watches or warnings.

The aquatic mammals are seen swimming against the current of the storm surge as it pounds the coastline near Wilmington, North Carolina, yesterday. Along with other home cleanup and fix work ministries, Frazier said his group works to "basically restore somebody back to where they were as much as we can".

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster asked people to remain patient during a last-minute news conference before Hurricane Florence begins to impact the state.

By 5 a.m., about 200 people had been rescued from flooded homes in New Bern, where the National Weather Service reported 10 feet of inundation.

"What we want to try to do is to minimize the time that people spend in their shelters that they're in right now", Sprayberry said.

"They definitely need to be prepared." he said.

By tomorrow afternoon, the center of Florence is expected to be across western SC.

More than 415,000 homes and businesses were without power, mostly in North Carolina, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the nation's electrical grid. Its surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet (3.4 meters) of ocean water, and days of downpours could unload more than 3 feet (0.9 meters) of rain, touching off severe flooding.


He advised never to drive through still or moving water covering roadways - and not to return to hard-hit areas until given an official "all-clear".

The only storm-related death in South Carolina was confirmed by South Carolina Highway Patrol who said that a woman died Friday night after the vehicle she was driving struck a tree.

Forecasters said conditions will continue to deteriorate as the storm pushes ashore early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and makes its way slowly inland.

Boats are stacked up on each other in a marina as a result from Florence in New Bern, North Carolina.

By midday, Florence had already claimed its first lives, when a tree crashed onto a home in Wilmington, North Carolina, killing a mother and her infant daughter. A 78-year-old man was electrocuted attempting to connect extension cords while another man perished when he was blown down by high winds while checking on his hunting dogs, a county spokesman said.

It was downgraded to Category 1 before coming ashore on Friday near Wilmington.

Florence was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared a year ago for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where the death toll was put at almost 3,000. Some area residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit.

"It was pitch black and I was just scared out of my mind", said Tracy Singleton, who with her family later drove through torrential rain and high winds from her home near New Bern. Trump plans a visit to the region next week.

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