Hurricane Florence: Warnings of ‘catastrophic’ flash flooding

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Millions of people in the path of Hurricane Florence are hunkering down as the storm pummels North and SC, bringing catastrophic flooding and forceful, destructive winds.

A mother and her infant were killed in Wilmington when a tree fell on their home on Friday.

Despite the downgrade the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned that "life-threatening storm surges" would continue into the night, predicting "catastrophic freshwater flooding" over parts of North and SC. SC recorded its first death from the storm, with officials saying a 61-year-old woman was killed when her auto hit a tree that fell across a highway.

The hurricane was "wreaking havoc" and could wipe out entire communities as it makes its "violent grind across our state for days", the governor said. Many properties within the mumble are now now not willing to handle the extensive flood of water introduced in by a storm surge, she urged World News on Thursday.Here's what the predicted 4-metre storm surge appears cherish. Storm Helene and tropical storm Isaac are churning at some stage within the Atlantic Ocean, whereas Storm Mangkhut threatens 5 million people within the Philippines and China.

The centre of the hurricane's eye came ashore at about 7:15 a.m. EDT (1115 GMT) near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, with sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Local authorities reported a death in Pender County when downed trees prevented emergency units from reaching a woman with a medical condition.

In the dark: About 800,000 outages, mostly in North Carolina, as of Friday evening, with Duke Energy anticipating 1 million to 3 million homes and businesses losing power.

"We moved all the furniture up in case the water comes in but the water seems to be staying at the edge of the driveway", he said, adding that if the wind picks up and the rain keeps coming, that could change.

Parts of the Carolinas are expected to see 20 to 30 inches of rain over the next seven days.

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons (36 trillion liters), enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches (25 centimeters).

Florence pounded away at the coast with torrential downpours and surging seas, rescue crews used boats to reach more than 360 people besieged by rising waters in New Bern, while many of their neighbors awaited help.

Hundreds of people in North Carolina have been rescued from rising water.

The states of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland, as well as Washington D.C., declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm. River flooding may be worse than Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

In New Bern, North Carolina, the storm surge overwhelmed the town of 30,000 which is located at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers. The few cars out on a main street in Wilmington had to swerve to avoid fallen trees, metal debris and power lines. The system was downgraded to a tropical storm on Friday afternoon but remained a slow-moving destructive storm.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city of New Bern tweeted around 2 a.m.

Eventually, a volunteer rescue team from IN arrived with a boat and rescued them. "I love hurricanes. But this one has been an experience for me", she said.

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