Number of Hurricane Florence victims in United States rises to 13

18 September, 2018, 03:42 | Author: Darnell Taylor
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"The flood danger from this storm is more immediate today than when it. made landfall 24 hours ago", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said on Saturday.

Almost 800,000 people are without power, majority in North Carolina, according to the Associated Press. This storm is extremely unsafe.

Florence, a onetime hurricane that weakened to a tropical depression by Sunday, dumped up to 40 inches (100 cm) of rain on parts of North Carolina since Thursday, and continued to produce widespread heavy rain over much of North Carolina and eastern SC, the National Weather Service said.

Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm Friday, but it's remained deadly.

But authorities warned it will still be an extremely risky hurricane.

"It's hard to believe it's going to get that high", says Elizabeth Machado, who came to the bridge to check on the river. As of Saturday night, at least 11 deaths had been linked to the storm.

However, as US Presidents Trump says, "fake news".

"Don't play games with it".

A killer storm that left up to 13 people dead weakened to a tropical depression on Sunday, but USA authorities warned the devastation it caused - including catastrophic flooding - is far from over.

When Florence hit as a Category 1 hurricane early Friday, the community's rivers swelled, tides crested and the rain wouldn't stop.

In a separate briefing, Steve Goldstein of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said some areas have already received two feet of rain and could expect up to 20 inches more as the system moved "slowly, almost stationary" over eastern North Carolina.

Airlines had cancelled almost 1,000 flights and counting.

But the water never quite made it to his home. "Houses. Trees", Holt said.

About 532,338 customers in North Carolina and 61,000 in SC don't have power.

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On U.S. 401 nearby, rain rose in ditches and around unharvested tobacco crops along the road. Whether they stay or go, they'll have damage to contend with.

Computer models of exactly what the storm might do varied, adding to the uncertainty.

Authorities on Saturday warned residents displaced by a killer hurricane that its devastation was far from over, as Florence dumped "epic amounts of rainfall" across the southeastern United States, bringing catastrophic flooding and up to 13 deaths.

Reacting to the possibility of a more southerly track, Georgia governor Nathan Deal declared an emergency but did not immediately order any evacuations.

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The shift in the projected track spread concern to areas that once thought they were relatively safe.

"We've had our lessons".

That's the new North Carolina record for most rainfall from a single tropical system.

Officials said the father of the child was injured in the incident; he was taken to an area hospital, the New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Melody Rawson evacuated her first-floor apartment in Myrtle Beach and arrived at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, to camp for free with three other adults, her disabled son, two dogs and a pet bird.

How bad is the damage?

The doors of many homes 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.

The coastal North Carolina city of Wilmington, population 117,000, is so deeply submerged that no one can get in - not even aid workers carrying fuel and critical supplies. "You feel like you should have already left". Most other beachgoers were long gone. "Also, a little creepy".

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