Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Science | By Dan Gutierrez

Death toll rises to 13 as Hurricane Florence continues to wreak havoc

Death toll rises to 13 as Hurricane Florence continues to wreak havoc

The slow progression of Tropical Storm Florence has made inland North Carolina residents uneasy, not knowing what to expect from the storm's stall. The father received injuries and were hospitalized for medical care.

- Two people who died from carbon monoxide poisoning in Horry County, South Carolina.

Three died in one inland county, Duplin, because of water on roads and flash floods, the sheriff's office said. More than 2.4 million people were evacuated from China's southern Guangdong province ahead of the massive typhoon, the strongest to hit the region in almost two decades.

Taylor said the storm already dumped 30 inches of rain on some parts of the N.C.

- A man who was killed while checking on his dogs in Lenoir County, North Carolina.

Another 78-year-old man was found dead at his home. An investigation is underway, but officials said it appears there's no reason for others at the shelter to worry.

More than 22,600 people were housed in 150 North Carolina shelters, such as churches, schools and a basketball arena.

As the Carolinas get battered by Hurricane Florence, a number of key and often confusing terms that have suddenly entered the public consciousness could use some explaining.

Officials fear the worst damage is yet to come. It will make federal money available to people in the counties of Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico and Pender.

Elsewhere, officials in Harnett County urged residents of about 1,100 homes to clear out because the Lower Little River was rising toward record levels.

LUMBERTON, North Carolina - Even as Florence leaves the Carolinas, the floodwaters and death toll keep rising. It was downgraded to a tropical storm later Friday.

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More than 1 million power failures have been reported, according to the Department of Energy.

So are many volunteers, including Tray Tillman, 26, a construction foreman who was part of a makeshift rescue flotilla that has plucked hundreds of stranded people from attics, second-floor bedrooms, church vestibules and crumbling decks. A nuclear power plant in Brunswick, NC, shut down operations Friday.

In one piece of good news, authorities said 16 wild ponies on hurricane-struck Ocracoke Island, located off the North Carolina coast, were safe. Newport, NC, "reported a rainfall total of nearly 24 inches as of midnight Saturday", the NHC said. Even more serious are the interstates. A 73-mile stretch of the highway closed Saturday because of flooding and an accident involving a tractor-trailer.

Gusts of winds in the 50 to 100 mph hour range were also reported since Hurricane Florence came ashore at 7:15 a.m. Friday, and the National Hurricane Center predicted trees would be knocked down.

There are no coastal watches and warnings in effect, although flash flood warnings are in effect across a large portion of southern and western North Carolina and parts of northeast SC and southwest Virginia.

As it moves near OH and West Virginia, it will become a remnant low.

As rivers swelled toward record levels, state regulators and environmental groups were monitoring the threat from enormous hog and poultry farms located in low-lying, flood-prone areas. That will bring additional water to the already-soaked states as well as additional threats like possible landslides near the Appalachians and electrocution threats with downed power lines.

Those waves were coming from the Neuse River, which is about 25 feet (8 meters) away, and downhill, from his house.

"This storm is still deadly and unsafe and it's expected to turn northward later today into Virginia and the mid-Atlantic", he said. It's a slow-moving storm, creeping westward at just 2 miles per hour on Saturday - not even as fast as the average person walks.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm will travel through upstate SC, then turn north toward the Ohio Valley. It's about 425 miles west of the Azores, moving north-northeast at 22 mph. Around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, the electricity went out. It's forecast to turn northeastward and accelerate in that direction over the weekend.

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