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First Hurricane Florence deaths: mother, baby killed by tree

Hurricane Florence Could Kill 'A Lot Of People' As It Batters US Coast Watch Hurricane Florence Make Landfall in This Incredible Space Station Video
Sandy Nunez | 15 September, 2018, 07:29

Parts of North Carolina had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 3 metres, he said.

And the storm is still expected to bring catastrophic winds, rain, storm surges and flooding, the National Hurricane Center briefing said. The Category 1 storm has maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour and is moving slowly, at 6 miles per hour.

At 5 p.m. Thursday, the center of Florence was 100 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and 155 miles east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Hurricane-force winds extended 90 miles (150 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometers).

The Wilmington Police Department said Friday that the two were killed when a tree fell on their house. Authorities say at least 20,000 people have evacuated their homes and are sought refuge in shelters throughout North Carolina.

And cameras aboard the International Space Station managed to catch incredible footage just a few minutes after the storm's landfall.

"It can not be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard associated with slow-moving Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will be spreading inland", forecasters said, reports CBS News. The city said two FEMA teams were working on swift-water rescues and more were on the way.

It was expected to begin pushing its way westward across SC later in the day, in a watery siege that could go on all weekend.

"I about jumped out of my skin", he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Friday morning. More than 1.7 million were ordered to evacuate in advance of the storm.

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"I'm not in the best health no more, and my trailer is old like me, and I figured I better haul buggy", he said.

"What happens is that we rescue some people and then we find out there are still more who need it", he said.

Although Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm late Thursday, officials have stressed that it remains risky.

The effects of Hurricane Florence can already be felt along the coast of North Carolina as of 12 p.m. on September 13.

"I had a lot of fear initially but I'm glad to be inside and safe", said Zelda Allen, 74, a retired tax accountant from Hampstead, North Carolina, who was riding out the storm at Wilmington's Hotel Ballast with her husband.

What the hurricane "has now lost in terms of maximum wind speeds near its centre, it has now gained in terms of sheer expansiveness", said Peter Mullinax, a meteorologist at Planalytics.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door-to-door to pull dozens of people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse.

The total bill for damage from Florence could eventually reach $US10 billion ($13.8b) to $US20 billion ($27.7b), said Chuck Watson, a disaster researcher at Enki Research in Savannah, Georgia. Heavy rains were forecast to extend into the Appalachian Mountains, affecting parts of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia.