Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Three dead as Hurricane Florence batters U.S. East Coast

Three dead as Hurricane Florence batters U.S. East Coast

Debt payments towards things like credit cards and student loans also remained well below the baseline after dropping in the weeks leading up to the hurricanes, suggesting that people may have needed to cut corners on their typical expenditures in order to cover the costs of home and auto fix.

Wilmington Police confirmed that a mother and her infant died when a tree fell on their home. A 78-year-old man was electrocuted at his home while attempting to connect two extension cords outside in the rain, Dail said.

Florence had been a Category 3 hurricane with 120 miles per hour winds on Thursday but dropped to Category 1 before coming ashore.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the USA electricity sector has been well prepared for Hurricane Florence even as hundreds of thousands of homes lose power in the storm. In Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack; paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris.

She estimated 441,000 people have already evacuated because of the storm. "Everything around us is underwater".

"Heavy rain has been occurring in and around Oriental, North Carolina, where 20.37 inches of rainfall has been measured thus far", the National Hurricane Center said in an update. Cruise ships have diverted to Florida away from the storm's path, and some hotels are offering special discounts for evacuees.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles.

By early afternoon, Florence's winds had weakened to 75 miles per hour, just barely a hurricane and well below the storm's terrifying Category 4 peak of 140 miles per hour earlier in the week.

The hurricane came ashore early on Friday, pounding the state with torrential rain and high winds. Hundreds more had to be rescued elsewhere from rising waters, and others could only hold out hope someone would come for them.

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons, enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches (25 centimeters).

North Carolina's governor's office said a third person was killed while plugging in a generator.

Hurricane Florence smashes into US East Coast, rescuers scramble
Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Though Florence did not arrive with winds as violent as once feared, forecasters got the storm surge and rainfall correct.

The disaster area was expected to get about as much rain in three days as the 1999 Dennis and Floyd storms dropped in two weeks.

Emergency workers arrived to find the Triangle Motor Inn's structure crumbling, with many guests still in their rooms.

"These are folks who chose to stay and ride out the storm for whatever reason, despite having a mandatory evacuation", she said.

"We have completed all of our water rescues & want to sincerely thank all of the volunteers who helped us save lives". "Our greatest concern about this storm remains the same-storm surge and massive flooding", he said. Flooding also hit the Bogue Sound near Beaufort, the Pungo River at Belhaven and the Pamlico River at Washington. "For overall damage, it would be hard, at the end of the day, I think, to find a rival for this storm".

Roads are particularly bad in Pamlico and Craven counties, with major and secondary roads flooded, according to Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon.

"Rescue workers are working in unsafe conditions that will only get worse today", he said.

Governor Roy Cooper called the rainfall an event that comes along only once every 1,000 years.

The centre of the storm made landfall at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, with gales of up to 90mph (150 km/h).

Others who chose to stay at home perhaps regretted their decision.

In New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River left 500 people in peril. Additional swiftwater rescue teams were on the way.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", tweeted the city of New Bern. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the authorities in New Bern said on Twitter.

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