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

FLORENCE: Tree falls on Wilmington home, killing mother, child

FLORENCE: Tree falls on Wilmington home, killing mother, child

Firefighters pray at an operation to remove a tree that fell on a house injuring resident during Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina on September 14, 2018.

Due to downed trees, emergency crews were unable to get to the woman before she passed away.

More than ten people have been killed by Florence and her impact as the remnants of the storm moved through the area Saturday. A 78-year-old man connecting extension cords in the rain was electrocuted, according to Roger Dail, the Lenoir County director of emergency services. It is believed he died after he was blown down while going outside to check on his dogs.

But it's not only North Carolinians who live along the coast who are being impacted by severe flooding. "An investigation into the death is underway, but it appears there is no reason for others at the shelter to worry". Officials say more than 100 people have already been rescued in the area overnight.

Volunteers rescue residents and their pets from their flooded homes in New Bern.

Hurricane Florence lumbered ashore in North Carolina with howling 90 miles per hour winds and terrifying storm surge early Friday, ripping apart buildings and knocking out power to a half-million homes and businesses as it settled in for what could be a long and extraordinarily destructive drenching.

The eye of Florence directly struck Wrightsville Beach, NC, early Friday.

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Its storm surge and the prospect of 1 to 3½ feet of rain were considered a bigger threat than its winds, which had dropped off from an alarming 140 miles per hour - Category 4 - earlier in the week. Hundreds of thousands of customers had already lost power east of Charlotte.

Three people died in Duplin County, N.C. on Saturday after the remnants of Florence caused flooding across the area.

At least 780,000 customers were without power by Saturday afternoon, including N.C. Electric Cooperatives customers, and customers across Duke's territory in North and SC.

Florence is projected to migrate at barely more than a walking pace across northern SC, passing close to the city of Florence - truly - on Saturday.

But forecasters said its extreme size meant it could batter the US East Coast with hurricane-force winds for almost a full day. "Because we had gotten to a point where the weather was so bad, we were having to stack and strategize on those calls".

"We're looking at the same amount of rainfall in three days".

Over 20 inches of rain had fallen on Emerald Isle and Atlantic Beach, both in Carteret County, by Friday morning.

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The NHC also warns of "life-threatening, catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding" through early next week.

About 800 flights in the region were canceled ahead of the storm, CNN reported.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm and more than one million were ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia, jamming westbound roads and highways for miles.

Almost 3,000 people died in the aftermath of the storm, according to an estimate from researchers at Georgetown University that was adopted by the Puerto Rican government as the official death toll for the storm.

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland declared states of emergency.

U.S. President Donald Trump took a moment on Friday to thank those responding to emergencies across the Carolinas.

"The greatest storm surge inundation is expected between Cape Fear and Cape Hatteras, including the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers and western Pamlico Sound".

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In Morehead City, Brooke Kittrell rode out the storm Thursday and Friday with her boyfriend aboard their docked boat, hoping it didn't break loose and slam something. It's moving westward across the eastern Caribbean, where it's expected to bring up to 5 inches of rain across Puerto Rico. It's moving north-northeast at 18 miles per hour. The National Weather Center upgraded Subtropical Storm Joyce to Tropical Storm Joyce in its 11 p.m. Thursday update.

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