Astronauts Capture Haunting Video of Hurricane Florence Making Landfall From Space

15 September, 2018, 05:08 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • Beachgoers watch the surf at North Myrtle Beach South Carolina

Hours before the storm made landfall Friday, workers at New Bern's WCTI-TV NewsChannel 12 had to abandon their studio for the "first time in history", the station posted on Facebook Thursday night.

Family members, like other residents, expect to be bombarded with torrential rain possibly for days.

A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from Wilmington police. Later in the day, trees could be seen on top of roofs, driveways and parked cars.

Regarding the possibility of a storm surge, Jones said, "Everyone has to be on the lookout for that, however, the way our house sits, it's elevated. We have also gotten calls from family members anxious about relatives they can't reach". "It doesn't get any worse".

New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw told The Durham Herald-Sun around 5am that about 200 people had been rescued so far.

Volunteers from the Civilian Crisis Response Team help rescue three children from their flooded home September 14, 2018 in James City, United States.

On the mainland in New Bern, authorities said more than 100 people had to be saved from floods and that the downtown area was underwater.

Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles.


Its top sustained winds have dropped to 70km/h and it's at a near standstill, moving west at just 6 km/h.

Florence's center may linger for another whole day along coastal North and SC - punishing homes with crushing winds and floods and endangering those who've stayed behind.

Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 kilometers) from its center.

Heavy flooding is expected, with a storm surge up to 13ft (4 metres) in the area stretching from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, North Carolina.

The town of Oriental had gotten more than 457mm of rain just a few hours into the deluge, while Surf City had 355mm and it was still coming down. A storm surge warning is in effect for South Santee River South Carolina to Duck North Carolina.

Speaking with NPR's Morning Edition, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper described the storm as "an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave". Significant weakening is expected over the weekend.

Hurricane Florence, weakened but still unsafe, has crashed into the Carolinas on Friday as a giant, slow-moving storm that stranded residents with floodwaters and swamped part of the town of New Bern at the beginning of what could be a days-long deluge.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm.

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