Hurricane Florence: Woman, baby die after tree falls on house

Waves slam the Oceana Pier & Pier House Restaurant in Atlantic Beach N.C. on Thursday

Waves slam the Oceana Pier & Pier House Restaurant in Atlantic Beach N.C. on Thursday

We probably will be getting heavy winds and rain for the next few days.

The top wind gusts were reported in Raleigh are at 39 miles per hour.

The Weather Channel produced a terrifying Hurricane Florence weather forecast using a visualization to show the horrifying reality of what 9-foot flood waters might look like in North Carolina. According to Fire Chief Glen Rogers, there are in fact only 12 people left on the beach to sit out the storm.

On the morning of September 14, the National Hurricane Centre warned that "catastrophic" flooding and "life-threatening" storm surges were expected to spread inland.

By early afternoon, Florence's winds had weakened to 193km/hr, just barely a hurricane and well below the storm's terrifying Category 4 peak of 225km/hr earlier in the week.

At the time, the storm carried winds of about 90 miles per hour (145 km/h), making it a Category 1 storm, but that ranking belies the hurricane's massive clouds and the downpour it is visiting on the coastline, with some areas already drenched in 30 inches (76 centimeters) of rain.

Gov. Roy Cooper said Friday that Florence is "wreaking havoc" and he's concerned "whole communities" could be wiped away. By that time, emergency crews had already been deployed to parts of the state where people were trapped by floodwaters.

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 36 trillion litres, enough to cover the North Carolina to a depth of about 25 cm.

Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall in North Carolina
Almost 300,000 customers in North Carolina were meanwhile reported to be without power as the outer band of the storm approached. Spanish moss waved in the trees as the winds picked up in Wilmington , and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City.

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Hurricane Florence Timeline: What to Expect From the Storm Through the Weekend
Many people in coastal communities have followed the mandatory evacuation orders, but some are vowing to stay put and ride it out. Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it's unclear how many did.

Defense Secretary James Mattis activated dual-status commanders in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia to command and control active duty and National Guard forces.

Airlines canceled more than 2,100 flights through Sunday.

Wilmington should be ready for a prolonged and devastating impact as Hurricane Florence roars over Southeastern North Carolina on Friday. North of the landfall, another 150 people near the town of New Bern required rescue from floods along the Neuse River. The highest numbers are being reported in New Hanover County. Six sheriff's officers came to his house to rescue him Friday morning, but he didn't need to leave since the water was dropping by then.

"I have no generator", said Petra Langston, a nurse.

"The National Hurricane Center said Florence is moving very slowly to the west at only 6 miles an hour, then is expected to turn to the southwest, increasing the threat for historic storm surge and catastrophic flooding to coastline areas and inland cities in North Carolina and SC".

"Very eerie, the wind howling, the rain blowing sideways, debris flying", said Orsa, who lives nearby and feared splintering trees would pummel her house.

The National Hurricane Center said a gauge north of Wilmington in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, reported 1.92 metres of inundation.

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