Two people killed in Lenoir County from Hurricane Florence

Two people killed in Lenoir County from Hurricane Florence

Two people killed in Lenoir County from Hurricane Florence

In an otherwise quiet hurricane season, a storm by the name of Florence began speeding toward the USA, threatening homes, lives and businesses in the East Coast in mid-September. The Philippines placed the main Luzon island under storm alert and said as many as 824,000 Filipinos may have to be evacuated before the storm hits land in the northern province of Cagayan overnight.

"We've rescued over 100 people in New Bern, N.C.; people from Jacksonville, N.C., had to rescued from a hotel", Cooper said, describing efforts to save people in towns north of Wilmington where high floods have already hit. Ballance called the rainfall "biblical", saying he's gotten reports from friends that his downtown seafood restaurant was flooded, just like the rest of the downtown. But once New Bern TV news station WCTI evacuated its newsroom Thursday night because of flooding and people began to lose power, the seriousness of the situation began dawning on folks, she said. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU". Some of those who stayed went to shelters while others stuck it out in their homes. "We have started to see the water recede".

Florence "is twice the size of Hurricane Hugo", which tore through the Carolinas in 1989, New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw told "GMA".

Rescuers are assisted by the Cajun Navy volunteer rescue group, Gene Hodges, assistant county manager with Craven County government, told NPR's Brakkton Booker. He says that "over the years the state government and the federal government have become very coordinated in their ability to manage the pre-deployment of assets (and) the response to the citizens of those states, and we will soon be into the recovery".

Scientists can't say - yet - that climate change helped make Florence worse.

"This hurricane is going to be with us for about two days", Gov. Henry McMaster said, noting that Hurricane Hugo moved through the state in a matter of hours.

Florence flattened trees, crumbled roads and knocked out power to more than three-quarters of a million homes and businesses, and the assault wasn't anywhere close to being over, with the siege in the Carolinas expected to last all weekend.

New Bern, a city of about 30,000 residents, has been under a mandatory evacuation order since Tuesday. Here are snapshots of people struggling to cope with the slow-grinding storm.

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FEMA says it has positioned millions of bottles of water and meals, along with blankets, cots and other supplies.

Florence's storm surge and the prospect of 1 to 3½ feet of rain were considered a bigger threat than its winds, which dropped off from an alarming 140 miles per hour earlier in the week. Debt payments towards things like credit cards and student loans also remained well below the baseline after dropping in the weeks leading up to the hurricanes, suggesting that people may have needed to cut corners on their typical expenditures in order to cover the costs of home and auto fix.

As wind and gusts from the outer bands of Hurricane Florence swirled in Stanly County Friday, organizers were busy ramping up additional safety precautions.

A hotter atmosphere can also hold more water, so this should allow hurricanes to dump more water on affected areas.

Olson said her home was likely to flood. "And it's basically a big hole and water did go into that hole, but we are safe in this facility". "If we experience power outages, electric crews will begin repairs as soon as risky conditions abate".

Florence is menacing the USA coast just as Supertyphoon Mangkhut is threatening to spur chaos in parts of Asia.

Record water levels occurred at Wrightsville Beach, said NOAA's Ocean Service, which reported the ocean "reached reached 4.11 ft above high tide, breaking a record set by Hurricane Joaquin in 2015 by more than a foot".

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