Three dead as Hurricane Florence batters U.S. East Coast

Three dead as Hurricane Florence batters U.S. East Coast

The Wilmington Police Department said Friday that the two were killed when a tree fell on their house. The father received injuries and were hospitalized for medical care.

Governors have declared states of emergency in both Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland.

"More and more inland counties are issuing mandatory evacuations to get people to safety quickly". Although more than $740 million in federal, state and local funds have been spent to address Matthew's damages, state officials are still working to distribute $236 million allocated by the federal government previous year to help reimburse or pay for extensive home repairs.

"Florence has slowed to a crawl as expected, and this will only exacerbate the flooding situation for the Carolinas from now through Sunday".

WITN is reporting two people were killed in Lenoir County.

Tom Ballance said his wife went to Atlanta and he stayed behind in their New Bern home with their three dogs and a cat.

But it continued to warn of "catastrophic" flooding from excessive rainfall.

Florence is one of four named storms in the Atlantic at the moment.

More than 900 people were rescued from rising floodwaters and 15,000 remained in shelters in the state, Cooper told a news conference on Sunday. Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and restoration could take weeks. By midnight, his rain gauge showed that he'd gotten 9 inches (23 centimeters) of rain since midafternoon.

"The sun rose this morning on an extremely unsafe situation and it's getting worse", Cooper said, calling Florence a "thousand-year rain event". "I see the beach communities' being inundated with water and destruction that will be pretty, pretty epic".

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The doors of many houses suffered so much wind damage they appeared to have been kicked in, while the city's beloved fiber-glass bear statues, which are sponsored by local businesses, were floating down streets.

Carolinas residents without power continued to decline.

"The water kept rising and kept rising", he said.

"I about jumped out of my skin", he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Friday morning.

And they say people who are truly in an emergency should call 911, not just Tweet about it. "But I think we're ready".

Dunn, the mother of a 10-month-old, a 3-year-old and an 8-year-old, said she made a decision to stay behind while others fled.

Coastal streets in the Carolinas flowed with frothy ocean water, and at least 510,000 homes and businesses were without power, almost all of them in North Carolina, according to, which tracks the nation's electrical grid. "I knew I had someone else's life in my hands". The Neuse River rose rapidly, overcoming the streets of New Bern. Floodwaters submerged U.S. Highway 264, cutting off a major route to other flood-prone areas along the river and the adjacent Pamlico Sound.

Zaytoun now regrets his decision, he said.

The Miami-based center says the center of the eye moved ashore with top sustained winds of 90 miles per hour, making Florence a Category 1 hurricane in terms of wind intensity. The Salvation Army and American Red Cross usually work with the Baptist group by transporting those prepared meals to the hardest-hit areas. But so far officials said the state's many lagoons of toxic hog waste had withstood the storm. The previous record was set during Hurricane Floyd in 1999 with 24.06 inches.

State and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials, who have been on the ground in North Carolina for several days, already are talking about temporary housing options, state Division of Emergency Management director Mike Sprayberry said. "There are a deficit of cots not only in New Hanover County but I would suggest throughout eastern North Carolina".

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