Hurricance Florence: Watch the storm close in from space

Hurricance Florence: Watch the storm close in from space

Hurricance Florence: Watch the storm close in from space

Some towns have already seen 60cm of rain in two days, with totals forecast to top 1m in places.

A mother and baby died when a tree crashed into their home, the Wilmington Police Department saidon TwitterFriday afternoon.

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.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) downgraded it to a tropical storm on Friday, but warned it would dump as much as 30 to 40 inches (76-102 cm) of rain on the southeastern coast of North Carolina and part of northeastern SC.

More than 415,000 homes and businesses were without power, mostly in North Carolina, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the nation's electrical grid.

Along coastal communities, people trapped in homes by relentless flood waters awaited rescue, and tens of thousands hunkered down in shelters after fleeing their homes as the storm approached. The price tag on the rebuild efforts for areas devastated by storm surge, which was expected to reach as high as 20 feet in some areas, was still impossible to quantify.

The hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm on Friday evening, and the National Weather Servicesaid early Saturday that it was "slowly weakening".

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In neighboring SC, 155,000 customers are without power, officials said.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper called Florence an "uninvited brute" that could wipe out entire communities as it grinds its way across land.

Hurricane Florence is tearing through the Carolinas with disastrous flooding and record-setting rainfall.

Tropical Storm Florence keeps drenching the central Carolinas and is expected to generate up to 380 millimetres of rain before it swings north over the Appalachian Mountains and into the Ohio Valley on Monday. The child's injured father was taken to hospital.

Tornadoes remain a threat, with the NHC saying that "a few tornadoes are possible in southeastern North Carolina and northeastern SC". When they got to the home, the woman was dead.

Florence was one of two major storms threatening millions of people on opposite sides of the world. The crews tried to move the debris with a front loader, but a tree went through the windshield, causing further delays, the officials said.

The National Hurricane Center said as much as 40in (102cm) was expected on the southeastern coast of North Carolina and part of northeastern SC. They later clarified those deaths were not related to Florence. Along with other home cleanup and fix work ministries, Frazier said his group works to "basically restore somebody back to where they were as much as we can".

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"You can walk faster than this storm is moving", said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo. The winds howled, and the family escaped to an upper floor bedroom. Her 6-foot-2 husband went to see what he could do, but the water was above his chest, she said. "I think we're OK".

"It's hard to believe it's going to get that high", says Elizabeth Machado, who came to the bridge to check on the river. Many of them are boat owners, who help rescue stricken flood victims.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has been lashed by torrential rains and near-hurricane force winds, CBS News correspondent Don Dahler reported.

An abandoned car's hazard lights continue to flash as it sits submerged in rising flood waters on Saturday morning after Florence struck Wilmington, N.C.

It's not just rain in the local area that will torment Conway, forecasters warn.

The operations were made more perilous by fallen trees and power lines; officials didn't expect power to be restored for weeks.

Volunteers and city workers filled sandbags this morning. They plugged a low point in the city's levee system. The great danger now, experts say, is river flooding.

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"The only difference is, back then it was within 14 days", he said. With Florence, it'll be the same amount of rainfall in three days. Operation BBQ Relief will be serving hungry people this weekend.

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