5 dead in Hurricane Florence, including mom and infant

A Duke Energy worker restores power after a storm

A Duke Energy worker restores power after a storm

According to Mashable, if Florence hits North Carolina as a Category four storm, it will be the strongest storm to make landfall in the state since Hurricane Hazel in 1954.

"Experts claim that this is just beginning of this catastrophe. Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other unsafe conditions", the hurricane center briefing said. "We are stuck in the attic".

Maysie Baumgardner, 7, and her family sheltered at the Hotel Ballast in downtown Wilmington as Florence filled the streets with floodwaters. The core was also about 60 miles (95 kilometers) east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina. Power outages mounted until almost 700,000 customers were in the dark in North Carolina alone.

It all seems pretty bad, I mean, actually, real bad.

All night, rescue crews worked to pull more than 360 people who didn't evacuate from their homes.

Onslow County spokesman Cornelius Jordan said some visitors at the Triangle Motor Inn were able to drive away on their own, but emergency personnel had to take others to a safe location.

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By Friday morning, the shore was flooded, and buildings were damaged, in video she put up on Facebook.

"It's important to note that the two individuals in the background are walking on concrete, and Mike Seidel is trying to maintain his footing on wet grass, after reporting on-air until 1:00 a.m. ET this morning and is undoubtedly exhausted". Up to eleven-foot storm surges are expected, enough to overwhelm most of the homes here.

The Cape Fear river crested at 8.27 feet about 3:30 p.m., setting a new record and by Wednesday, the Maccamaw River may climb to 17.1 feet, the National Weather Service's Wilmington office reported, just shy of its record.

He said 20,000 people were being housed in 157 shelters across the state.

The storm's movement, not its strength, has forecasters and officials anxious. The police chief of a barrier island in Florence's bulls'-eye said he was asking for next-of-kin contact information from the few residents who refused to leave.

At least 150 people were waiting to be rescued in New Bern, N.C., officials tweeted Thursday evening. "If the number seems really insane high, you always have to have some suspicion until we can actually get out and verify it".

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"Flash flooding will be extreme and flood waters will come up quickly and seemingly out of nowhere", the governor said.

"This storm has been hovering over us for a while, and we expect it to continue to hover over us", Parker said. The storm continues to very slowly move west and inland, and will continue to impact the region through the weekend. This is a perilous moment for the hundreds of thousands of people who took to the roads to escape the storm's fury.

Forecasters expect Florence to hit the Carolinas early in the morning on September 14.

"It can not be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard associated with slow-moving Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will be spreading inland", forecasters said, reports CBS News. It came ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

The tree's massive size required special equipment from rescuers also battling winds and pelting rain to extricate them.

"It's been really nice", Nicole Roland said. The Waccamaw River in Conway and the Little Pee Dee River in Galivants Ferry are expected to reach major flood levels by early next week, with officials predicting possible record-setting floods in the western part of the county.

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In New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River trapped people, and Mayor Dana Outlaw told The Charlotte Observer that about 200 had been rescued by 5 a.m. Residents reached out for help through the night by phone and social media. The city said two FEMA teams were working on swift-water rescues and more were on the way. "Surviving this storm with be a test of endurance, teamwork, common sense and patience".

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