Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Mother, baby killed after tree falls on home during Hurricane Florence

Mother, baby killed after tree falls on home during Hurricane Florence

"Hurricane Florence is powerful, slow and relentless", he said.

And cameras aboard the International Space Station managed to catch incredible footage just a few minutes after the storm's landfall.

Leaves, branches and other debris surround and cover a vehicle during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of New Bern, North Carolina, U.S. on Friday. Storm surges as high as 7 to 11 feet remain threats from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout in North Carolina, with life-threatening surges up to 6 feet possible across a much wider area.

In the besieged North Carolina town of New Bern, rescuers plucked more than 100 people from rising waters, but about 150 more had to wait when conditions worsened and a storm surge reached 10 feet.

Reports out of Wilmington, North Carolina, said that the outer bands of wind and rain from Florence, a Category 2 storm with 105 miles per hour winds, are hitting North Carolina.

Melody Rawson evacuated her first-floor apartment in Myrtle Beach and arrived at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, to camp for free with three other adults, her disabled son, two dogs and a pet bird.

By 9:30 a.m., more than 500,000 customers were without power across North Carolina, and the Triangle had begun to experience outages.

Both the Trent and Neuse rivers overflowed their banks, flooding homes, stores and streets and trapping many people in their houses.

Nearly 20,000 people had taken refuge in 157 emergency shelters, Mr Cooper said.

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The barrier island of Emerald Isle is under water, with ocean waves rolling in over a six-foot storm surge and crashing into homes. Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and restoration could take weeks.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence is expected to be re-categorised as a tropical depression by the time it moves into the mid-Atlantic states and New England in the middle of next week. Coastal water has risen 5-feet above sea level near Wilmington and 8-feet above sea level near New Bern according to recorders in tide buoys, which you can track here. Forecasters said "catastrophic" freshwater flooding was expected along waterways far from the coast of the Carolinas.

The massive storm is larger than North Carolina and South Carolina - combined, according to South Carolina Emergency Management.

More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm approached, and more than 12,000 were in shelters. North Carolina corrections officials said more than 3,000 people were relocated from adult prisons and juvenile centers in the path of Florence, and more than 300 county prisoners were transferred to state facilities. The trend is "exceptionally bad news", said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy, since it "smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge".

New Bern's WCTI television employees fled their studio Thursday night due to rising flood waters. Many state museums and other attractions are also closed. "Plant procedures call for the reactors to be shut down before the anticipated onset of hurricane-force winds", agency spokesman Joey Ledford told CNN.

Wind gusts of up to 100 miles per hour were reported at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, the hurricane center said. "We have two boats and all our worldly possessions", said Susan Patchkofsky, who refused her familys pleas to evacuate and stayed at Emerald Isle with her husband.

Holt, who has diabetes and clogged arteries, said she stayed for doctor's appointments that were canceled at the last minute.

The White House said Friday U.S. President Donald Trump will travel to areas hit by Hurricane Florence next week, once it has been determined that his travel would not disrupt any rescue or recovery efforts.

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