Trump declares disaster in 8 North Carolina counties
16 September, 2018, 05:17 | Author: Kara Nash
Long accustomed to its residents evacuating north or to other parts of the state when hurricanes threaten, Florida was in the unusual position this week of accommodating diverted cruise ships and hotel-room seekers hoping to escape the wrath of Hurricane Florence, which made landfall Friday morning in North Carolina.
Authorities in North Carolina said almost 814,000 customers were without power.
Duke Energy Corp, the area's biggest utility with more than 4 million customers, estimated the storm could cause between 1 million and 3 million outages. North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, had around 7 inches (18 centimeters).
"This is one of the most devastating hurricanes we've ever had", Mayor Dana Outlaw told CNN. "Work will begin when conditions safely allow", the company said on its website on Saturday.
About 10 million people could be affected by the storm, according to a Reuters report.
"The rainfall is epic and will continue to be", Cooper said.
"I don't see any portion of the state of North or SC that's not going to be impacted in some way", said Cline. "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.
The National Hurricane Center said a gauge in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, reported 6.3 feet (1.92 meters) of inundation.
Two people also died in Harkers Island, North Carolina, on Friday, Carteret County Director of Emergency Services Stephen Rea said Saturday.
More than 300 volunteers from nine U.S. states have joined the relief effort in North Carolina, according to ABC News.
Kevin Knox and his family were rescued from their flooded brick home with the help of Army Sgt. Johan Mackie, part of a team using a phone app to locate people in distress. They had heeded officials' warnings that the storm was treacherous, with record-setting rains and storm surges not seen in North Carolina in decades. The crews tried to move the debris with a front loader, but a tree went through the windshield, causing further delays, the officials said.
Hurricane Florence has killed a mother and child in North Carolina. A 78-year-old man was electrocuted attempting to connect extension cords while another man died when he was blown down by high winds while checking on his hunting dogs, a county spokesman said.
Russ Lewis covers his eyes from a gust of wind and a blast of sand as Hurricane Florence approaches Myrtle Beach, S.C., on September 14, 2018.
The National Hurricane Center said as much as 40in (102cm) was expected on the southeastern coast of North Carolina and part of northeastern SC.
In Washington, North Carolina, the wind-swept Pamlico River has risen beyond its banks and is flooding entire neighborhoods.
Some local residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit early on Friday.
The White House on Saturday said President Donald Trump had approved making federal funding available in some counties. Although more than $740 million in federal, state and local funds have been spent to address Matthew's damages, state officials are still working to distribute $236 million allocated by the federal government previous year to help reimburse or pay for extensive home repairs.
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The storm is now around 530 miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and is moving west-northwest at 17 mph. Florence has 130 miles per hour winds, enough to make it a unsafe Category 4 hurricane.
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EST, the storm was centered 280 miles east southeast of Wilmington , North Carolina , and was moving northwest at 17 mph. The latest projections of Florence, now a Category 4 storm, show it shifting south putting Georgia in its possible path.
President Trump has declared an emergency in the three states and says the government is " as ready as anybody has ever been ". Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued in coastal area of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
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Mackie rode in a boat through a flooded neighborhood, navigating through trees and past a fence post to get to the Knox house. Morehead City, North Carolina, had received 23 inches (58 centimeters) of rain by Friday night with more torrents on the way.
Governors in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia have declared states of emergency in preparation for Florence. The US Navy said it was preparing to send about 30 ships stationed in Virginia out to sea.
An estimated 10 million people live in areas expected to be placed under a hurricane or storm advisory , according to the U.S. A crew of about 80 rescuers from Montgomery County is headed to SC to help deal with Hurricane Florence and its aftermath.
Boat teams rescued residents Sadie Marie Holt, 67, who first tried to row out of her neighborhood during Florence's assault. The Wilmington airport had a wind gust clocked at 105 miles per hour (169 kph), the highest since Hurricane Helene in 1958.
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