Deaths reported as Hurricane Florence slams Carolinas

Deaths reported as Hurricane Florence slams Carolinas

Its surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet of ocean water, and days of downpours could unload more than 3 feet of rain, touching off severe flooding.

Forecasters warned that drenching rains of 1 to 3½ feet as the hurricane-turned-tropical storm crawls westward across North and SC could trigger epic flooding well inland over the next few days. The Little River, the Cape Fear, the Lumber, the Neuse, the Waccamaw and the Pee Dee were all projected to rise over their banks, flooding cities and towns.

Federal officials are urging anyone who ignored orders to evacuate from Hurricane Florence to hunker down and stay put until the storm passes. "There is probably not a county or a person that will not be affected in some way by this very massive and violent storm". The child's injured father was taken to hospital.

In South Carolina's Union County, a 61-year-old woman was killed Friday night when the vehicle she was driving struck a downed tree, state emergency management spokesman Antonio Diggs said.

Two people died in Lenoir County. The governor's office said a third person was killed while plugging in a generator.

In New Bern, along the coast, aerial photos show homes completely surrounded by water, with rescuers using inflatable boats to go house to house to remove people.

It added the greatest threats to life came from storm-surges while "catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding" was expected, with some areas receiving up to 40 inches of rainfall.

Resident Jay Manning said he and his wife watched with alarm as water filled the street.

"We're on our way, we will get you rescued", Outlaw said while cautioning that first responders have to be careful of their own safety. "My wife's in a panic right now".

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"We tell them to remain calm, not to panic, we will rescue them", Roberts said. He called the rain an event that comes along only once every 1,000 years.

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Blowing ashore with howling 90 miles per hour winds, Florence splintered buildings, trapped hundreds of people and swamped entire communities along the Carolina coast Friday in what could be just the opening act in a watery, two-part, slow-motion disaster. The flooding began on barrier islands in North Carolina and then spread into coastal and river communities there and in SC, swamping the white sands and golf courses in North Myrtle Beach.

Florence also blew down trees.

The center of the hurricane's eye came ashore at about 7:15 a.m. EDT (1115 GMT) near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina, with sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters.

More than 22,600 people were housed in 150 shelters statewide, including schools, churches and Wake Forest University's basketball arena.

People walk on a local street as water from Neuse River starts flooding houses upon Hurricane Florence coming ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, U.S., September 13, 2018.

Two women who were riding out the storm dance to the music outside the Barbary Coast bar in downtown Wilmington, N.C., as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast, September 13, 2018.

No one was injured, city officials said. Trump plans a visit to the region next week.

The hurricane has been moving at only 3-6 miles per hour as it drops torrential rains.

Steve Goldstein of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Florence's forward motion had slowed and it was not expected to make landfall in the Carolinas until "some time Friday afternoon, Friday evening or Saturday morning".

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