Dolphins swimming in flood water caused by Hurricane Florence

15 September, 2018, 20:17 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Firefighters work to remove a tree that fell on a house in Wilmington which killed a mother and her child

Winds bent trees towards the ground and raindrops flew sideways as Florence moved in for an extended stay, with enough of its killer winds swirling overseas to maintain its power.

"The only difference is, back then it was within 14 days", he said.

A Navy statement says the decision comes after inspections of the region's port and airfield.

Over 1,400 flights have been cancelled, according to FlightAware.com, as most of the coastal region's airports are closed to ride out the storm.

The office of Governor Henry McMaster ended the evacuation for Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley, and Colleton counties on Saturday.

Radar loop of Florence over the last 24 hours.

"Florence is here to stay for awhile", McMaster said from Columbia Friday afternoon.

Two people died in Lenoir County.

The storm was expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said. That means its torrential rains will be felt harder.

At least four people have died, and authorities fear the toll will go higher.

More than 810,000 people lacked power in North Carolina, and another 170,000 outages were reported in SC, according to emergency-management agencies.


More than 760,000 customers in North Carolina were without power and 21,000 people were being housed in 157 shelters across the state.

Video footage shot during the tropical storm shows what appears to be two dolphins swimming in the rising storm surge water.

Mackie rode in a boat through a flooded neighborhood, navigating through trees and past a fence post to get to the Knox house. When they got to the home, the woman was dead, authorities said. He added, with reference to the storm's glacial 2mph progress: "We know we're in for a long haul here. I have no idea".

Right now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center is predicting that Florence will become a tropical storm tomorrow (Sept. 15) over SC, continue northwest to eastern Kentucky, then swing northeast and track over most of New England early next week.

The storm's arrival brought a 105 miles per hour wind gust at the NWS office about 7 a.m. Friday, said meteorologist Jordan Baker. Morehead City, North Carolina, had received 23 inches (58 centimeters) of rain by Friday night with more torrents on the way.

More than 3,000 inmates at North Carolina prisons and juvenile detention centers were moved out of the storm's path.

Charlotte and Asheville in North Carolina, and Roanoke, Virginia, could be in for heavy rains as Florence plods inland.

Some of the worst flooding was in New Bern, a town of 30,000 in North Carolina at the confluence of the Trent and Neuse rivers, where hundreds of people needed to be rescued after becoming trapped in their homes by a storm surge of up to 10 feet (three meters).

On Friday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper called Florence an "uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave", warning it could wipe out entire communities as it grinds its way across land.

In the historic port city of Wilmington, North Carolina, a mother and her baby were killed when a tree fell on their house, officials said. A 78-year-old man was electrocuted attempting to connect extension cords while another man perished when he was blown down by high winds while checking on his hunting dogs, a county spokesman said. He made reference to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Irene in 2011, Sandy in 2012, Harvey and Maria in 2017 and now Florence.

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