Florence disaster declared in North Carolina as flooding threat grows

City of New Bern N.C. a bear statue floats in flood waters on South Front street in New Bern N.C. on Friday Sept. 14 2018. Hurricane Florence lumbered ashore in North Carolina with howling 90 mph winds and terrifying sto

City of New Bern N.C. a bear statue floats in flood waters on South Front street in New Bern N.C. on Friday Sept. 14 2018. Hurricane Florence lumbered ashore in North Carolina with howling 90 mph winds and terrifying sto

A person inside the house in the 700 block of Violet Street reported leg pain as a result of the incident and was taken to a hospital, according to Lexington County spokesman Harrison Cahill. Police say a family of three was in a home on Mercer Avenue this morning around 9:30 when a tree fell into the property. In the state's Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack; paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris.

"This system is unloading epic amounts of rainfall, in some places measured in feet and not inches", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news briefing. 61-year-old Amber Dawn Lee was killed late Friday when her vehicle struck a tree that had fallen across the highway.

NOAA NOAA / Reuters Hurricane Florence is shown from a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) #GOESEast satellite shortly after the storm made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, US, 14 September.

The storm battered the coastline throughout Friday and Saturday with hurricane-force winds and as much as 2ft (60cm) of rain in some areas of North Carolina.

In New Bern, at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers in North Carolina, the storm surge overwhelmed the town of 30,000.

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"It's just unfortunate that people look for these opportunities to prey on the vulnerabilities of these people when the situation is at its worst", he said. That number was down to 40 later in the day.

The Weather Channel on Friday defended a meteorologist who was captured bracing against the wind while two people appeared to stroll casually behind him during a report on Hurricane Florence.

The storm was expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said.

Florence has already knocked out power to close to a million households in the Carolinas, with some areas not expecting to regain electricity for days. Later Friday, a wind gust of 68 miles per hour was measured at a station in Wrightsville Beach, near Wilmington. Calls for help multiplied as the wind picked up and the tide rolled in. A local official said it was a "storm-related medical fatality", but did not elaborate. Expert scientists, however, had said they were anxious about Brunswick because of scant public information about its readiness.

New Bern resident Latasha Jones is one of the more fortunate ones. "I love hurricanes. But this one has been an experience for me", she said.

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"The fact is this storm is deadly and we know we are days away from an ending", Cooper said. She retreated and was eventually rescued by a boat crew; 140 more awaited assistance.

"It has slowed", he said. He urged residents to stay inside and not get in the way of emergency workers. A 78-year-old man was electrocuted attempting to connect extension cords while another man perished when he was blown down by high winds while checking on his hunting dogs, a county spokesman said. More than 60 people had to be rescued in another town as a cinderblock motel collapsed at the height of the storm's fury. Flooding also hit the Bogue Sound near Beaufort, the Pungo River at Belhaven and the Pamlico River at Washington.

In Morehead City, what was once a building became a pile of rubble. "So, even if it was just a tropical storm and trees went down we'd have a hard time getting here".

"Honestly, I grew up in Wilmington". More are on the way to help us. The city of New Bern tweeted to its residents early Friday morning, "We have 2 out-of-state FEMA teams here for swift water rescue".

Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms. With half of the storm still out over the Atlantic, Florence continued to collect warm ocean water and dump it on land.

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