Deadly Florence trudges inland in Carolinas with 'epic' rain, flooding

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Footage released by NASA shows Hurricane Florence as seen from the International Space Station after it made landfall near Wrightsville beach in North Carolina on September 14th, leaving five people dead. "Life-threatening, catastrophic flash floods and prolonged significant river flooding are likely over portions of the Carolinas and the southern to central Appalachians from western North Carolina into southwest Virginia through early next week".

"Our hearts go out to the families of those who died in this storm", Cooper said in a statement.

In New Bern, North Carolina, the storm surge overwhelmed the town of 30,000 which is located at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers. Dozens more were rescued from a collapsed motel.

Three medical centers have been set up in North Carolina.

A yacht sits on the Neuse river bank in between buildings after hurricane Florence passed through the area.

More than 800,000 customers in North Carolina were without power and 21,000 people were being housed in 157 shelters across the state.

Mother Lesha Murphy-Johnson and her baby, Zac, were killed after being trapped inside their home in Wilmington when a tree fell onto the roof at around 9.30am on Friday.

In Lenoir County a 78-year-old man was electrocuted while trying to connect extension cords and another man died after being blown away by high winds while checking on his dogs.

It diminished from hurricane force as it came ashore, but forecasters said the 350-mile-wide storm's slow progress across North and SC could leave much of the region under water in the coming days.

She said she called 911, but no one came.

At 2300 EDT (0300 GMT), the NHC said Florence had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 km), and was slowly drifting westward over SC.

Hurricane Florence Breaks North Carolina Rainfall Record
Police block a road as rain from Hurricane Florence falls in Wilmington, North Carolina on 13 September 2018. Forecasters say catastrophic freshwater flooding is expected over parts of North Carolina and SC ahead.

Many vehicles were seen submerged in the rising flood waters after Hurricane Florence struck Wilmington, North Carolina, on Saturday. Mike Doll, Senior Meteorologist at Accuweather said the winds will continue to slow down over the weekend and the main problem moving forward will be flooding due to heavy rains.

There is really nowhere for the water to go. Dozens of electric fix trucks massed to respond to damage expected to hit central North Carolina as rainwater collected into rivers headed to the coast.

Florence's forward movement during the day slowed to a near-standstill - sometimes it was going no faster than a human can walk - and that enabled it to pile on the rain. North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, had about 7 inches. More than 751,859 people in North Carolina without power as of 3 p.m. ET in North Carolina, North Carolina Emergency Management tweeted.

Two fins were spotted in the high water in Wilmington.

Authorities warned, too, of the threat of mudslides and the risk of an environmental disaster from floodwaters washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.

"And we're not done yet", Graham said, adding that some hard-hit areas could get an additional 15 to 20 inches because the storm was moving so slowly.

Picture the entire state of Texas covered with roughly 4 inches (10 centimeters) of water: that's Florence's rainfall forecast over a week.

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Major river flooding expected to continue into early next week. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. "It's making it hard for us to move valuable resources to areas in need". "We have two boats and all our worldly possessions", said Susan Patchkofsky, who refused her family's pleas to evacuate and stayed at Emerald Isle with her husband.

In New Bern, along the coast, homes were completely surrounded by water, and rescuers used inflatable boats to reach people Saturday.

"Honestly, I grew up in Wilmington".