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'Relentless rains' continue as Florence almost stalls over Carolinas

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Sandy Nunez | 16 September, 2018, 04:16

Rescue workers were able only to save her father.

The storm is likely to bring significant rain to the Carolinas, where some places could see upwards of 20 inches, the update said.

Two people died in Lenoir County.

"It has slowed", he said. "I was looking for water moccasins to hit me at any time", he said.

Many social media users picking up on the two people in the background and mocked the reporter for exaggerating the wind gusts of Hurricane Florence.

Forecasters said that given the storm's size and sluggish track, it could cause epic damage akin to what the Houston area saw during Hurricane Harvey just over a year ago, with floodwaters swamping homes and businesses and washing over industrial waste sites and hog-manure ponds.

As Florence first broke on land yesterday 90mph winds struck the coastal areas, but as the storm system moved across land it was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm.

By Saturday morning, top sustained winds had weakened to 50 mph as it moved farther inland at 2 mph about 35 miles west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Hurricane Florence deluges Carolinas ahead of landfall
Avair Vereen, 39, took her seven children to a shelter in Conway High School near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina . The National Weather Service measured storm surge in New Bern at 10 feet (3 meters) deep.

Onslow County spokesman Cornelius Jordan said some visitors at the Triangle Motor Inn were able to drive away on their own, but emergency personnel had to take others to a safe location.

Power outages increased throughout Friday. North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, had around 7 inches. But even before the storm made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane on Friday, experts were warning that low-income neighborhoods were already poised to bear the brunt of its ruination. He urged residents to stay inside and not get in the way of emergency workers. "It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave".

"This is going to be a very trying period for the state", he said."We're liable to have flash floods, bridges and roads washed out". "For overall damage, it would be hard, at the end of the day, I think, to find a rival for this storm".

The White House said President Trump will tour areas affected by Florence next week, once it is determined that his visit will not disrupt rescue and recovery operations.

The reporter, Mike Seidel, was reporting from Wilmington, N.C., Friday afternoon, where he was shown hunched over and appearing to brace against a strong wind. More than 22,600 people were housed in 150 shelters statewide, including schools, churches and Wake Forest University's basketball arena.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door to door to pull more than 60 people out as the Triangle Motor Inn began to crumble.

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

Eduardo Munoz / Reuters Water from the Neuse river floods houses during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of New Bern, North Carolina. Additional swiftwater rescue teams were on the way.