Five dead in Carolinas as Florence brings ´epic´ floods

Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina on Friday Sept. 14

Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina on Friday Sept. 14

"I think we're OK".

The military is providing assistance to flood ravaged SC.

Florence's death toll could rise as a number of deaths are being investigated to see if they were caused by the storm. It was downgraded Friday afternoon to a tropical storm with winds of 70 mph (110 kph) before its core slogged into coastal SC hours later.

Cooper said others should not follow suit. More than 26,000 hunkered down in shelters. "Roads are closed in many places and more are closing even as we speak".

Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesVolunteers from all over North Carolina help rescue residents from their flooded homes during Hurricane Florence September 14, 2018 in New Bern, North Carolina. At least four people were killed.

USA media later said a man in Lenoir County died after heavy winds knocked him down as he tried to check on his dogs.

"The wind was so hard, the waters were so hard, that trying to get out we got thrown into trailers".

The body of a 77-year-old man, also in Kinston, was found by his family at his home, and it is believed he died when he was blown down after going outside to check on his hunting dogs, Dail said.

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

Florence's eye made landfall over the Wrightsville Beach water tower about 7:15 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Wilmington.

In its initial onslaught along the coast, Florence buckled buildings, deluged entire communities and knocked out power to more than 870,000 homes and businesses.

The city of about 29,000, which was founded in the early 1700s, is near the North Carolina coast and is bordered on the east and south, respectively, by two rivers.

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As many as seven deaths have been attributed to the storm so far.

"I can not overstate it: Floodwaters are rising, and if you aren't watching for them you are risking your life", Gov. Roy Cooper said.

Kevin Knox and his family were rescued by boat from their flooded brick home with the help of Army Sgt. Johan Mackie, whose team used a phone app to locate people in distress.

The centre of the slow-moving storm, downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane after it came ashore Friday afternoon, was almost stalled over SC early Saturday, about 55 kilometres west of Myrtle Beach, moving west-southwest at just 8 km/h and scooping massive amounts of moisture from the sea. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches (10 centimeters) of water, he calculated.

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Myrtle Beach area residents checking the weather Saturday morning were led to believe that local emergency personnel had suspended services due to Tropical Storm Florence, but that was never the case.

Water levels along the North and SC coasts are gradually receding as of Saturday night, the National Hurricane Center said. Rivers will continue to rise days after the rain has stopped, he said.

According to Gov. Cooper, rescue operations are underway across the state.

An ominous tweet appeared on the historic North Carolina community's Twitter feed about 2 a.m. Friday.

23 aviation rescues, and counting.

"It's not often that we have to prepare for a hurricane in the mountains, but we are doing so on our campus", Jason Marshburn, the director of safety and emergency management at Appalachian State University in Boone, wrote in a letter to students and faculty members. The Lumber River is expected to crest at more than 11 feet (3.3 meters) above flood stage Sunday, which would put the floodwaters near the top of the earthen dike containing the plant's coal ash dump.

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