Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Science | By Patricia Jimenez

Federal Officials Halt Immigration Arrests During Hurricane Florence

Federal Officials Halt Immigration Arrests During Hurricane Florence

Almost 800,000 people are without power in North Carolina as Tropical Storm Florence continues to pound the coast with devastating storm surge, catastrophic flooding and high winds. The child's father was transported to the hospital with injuries. On average, a hurricane will hit North Carolina once every five years. Spending, meanwhile, fell more than 30 percent, or around $500 that week, and more than 65 percent on the day of landfall as businesses closed up shop and residents took shelter from the storm.

Hurricane Florence is "wreaking havoc" along the United States coast and could wipe out entire communities, North Carolina's governor has warned.

During the week of landfall (which in Florence's case began early Friday morning on the North Carolina coast), inflows to the accounts dropped by over 20 percent, or approximately $400 on average.

That's about 220 miles from Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, where Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m. September 14, coming ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

Slow moving and powerful Hurricane Florence is "wreaking havoc" across the Carolinas as the Category 1 storm continues to dump massive amounts of rain that could trigger catastrophic floods inland.

"There are a deficit of cots not only in New Hanover County but I would suggest throughout eastern North Carolina".

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The National Hurricane Center said a gauge in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, reported 6.3 feet of inundation. And a 77-year-old man died when he was knocked over by wind, he said.

Griffin said she was jolted awake when the power went off at the hotel as some of the storm's strongest bands lashed Wilmington with wind and rain. "These are folks who are maybe in one-story buildings and they're seeing the floodwaters rise".

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

Officials in New Bern, which dates to the early 18th century, said more than 100 people were rescued from floods and the downtown was under water by Friday afternoon.

Metal signs and roof coverings littered the biggest commercial byway, Market Street, and trees blocked many roads. "Everybody laughs at the fact that this storm got downgraded. but I've never seen tree devastation this bad". "If the house is dry I'm going right back in it, get the generator going, wait till things get up and going again".

Power outages from Hurricane Florence, which made landfall Friday morning in North Carolina and SC, have topped 945,000 customers.

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About 27,000 Duke Energy Corp. customers have already lost power-as many as 3 million may eventually be in the dark for days or even weeks.

Florence was moving west south-west at about 5 miles per hour (7 km/h), with its center located over eastern SC. Significant weakening is expected over the weekend. In South and North Carolina evacuated residents of coastal areas is just over 1.5 million people.

On Friday afternoon, Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw explained to NPR's All Things Considered that people stayed in their homes, despite evacuation orders, because storms that were predicted to be bad in the past, just didn't happen. In Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack; paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris.

"They cleared out 75 percent of the patients", she said.

The American Humane Society is one of several organizations helping animals escape the storm. In the Philippines, evacuations were under way with Super Typhoon Mangkhut expected to hit on Saturday in an area impacting an estimated 5.2 million people.

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