Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
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Weather Channel Reporter Mocked for Appearing to Exaggerate Florence

Weather Channel Reporter Mocked for Appearing to Exaggerate Florence

The National Hurricane Center said Florence's top sustained winds were holding at 45 miles per hour (75 kph), with higher gusts east of the storm's center.

Florence's death toll could rise as a number of deaths are being investigated to see if they were caused by the storm. That, and the storm's vast circumference of hundreds of miles, means Wilmington will be inundated with rain, the advisory said.

Florence flattened trees, buckled buildings and crumpled roads.

A mother and her eight-month-old baby were killed Friday when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from police in Wilmington, N.C. The father was transported to a hospital for treatment. Flooding also hit the Bogue Sound near Beaufort, the Pungo River at Belhaven and the Pamlico River at Washington.

Water could reach as high as 5ft in some areas.

In Beaufort, CBS News correspondent David Begnaud reported Friday night that the storm was still lashing the city.

A North Carolina city says about 70 people have been rescued from a hotel whose structural integrity is being threatened by Hurricane Florence. The storm was once a powerful Category 4 storm but became a slow-moving Category 1 storm when it made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina, on Friday. Its westward motion is expected to continue through Saturday.

"It will not stop, this weather event of Florence", Begnaud said.

Though Florence's shrieking winds diminished from hurricane force as it came ashore, forecasters said the sheer size of the 350-mile-wide storm and its painfully slow progress across North and SC in the coming days could leave much of the region under water. By 2 p.m., more than 658,000 customers were without power across North Carolina, and the Triangle had begun to experience outages.

Rain ranging from one to three and a half feet has already fallen, and it's not over.

Meteorologist Ryan Maue of said Florence could dump a staggering 68 trillion litres of rain over a week on North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland.

In Wilmington, numerous trees that contributed to its historic beauty are now gone.

While Florence may be gone by Saturday, she will not be forgotten.

"With a storm like this, you have communities that are faced not only with the devastation that a storm like this will leave behind, but the environmental injustices that may have already been existing in those communities", Glover said.

Saffo said it could be longer than two weeks before power is fully restored.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence broke a North Carolina rainfall record that had stood for nearly 20 years: Preliminary reports showed Swansboro got over 30 inches and counting, eclipsing the mark set in 1999, when Hurricane Floyd dropped just over 24 inches on the state.

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