Hurricane Florence: North Carolina devastated by ‘CATASTROPHIC’ floods

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The storm knocked out power to more than 890,000 homes and businesses, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the United States electrical grid.

Florence crashed into the Carolina coast on Friday, felling trees, dumping almost three feet of rain on some spots and leading to the death of four people before it was downgraded to a tropical storm still capable of wreaking havoc. The child's father was injured and taken to a hospital.

A fourth person reportedly was killed while plugging in a generator in the state's Lenoir County, according to USA media.

Hurricane Florence has barrelled into the Carolina coast and moved inland, knocking down trees, overflowing rivers, dumping sheets of rain and leading to the death of five people before it was downgraded to a tropical storm still capable of wreaking havoc.

The storm was a unsafe Category 4 hurricane Wednesday but was downgraded Thursday night to a Category 1 storm.

Right now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center is predicting that Florence will become a tropical storm tomorrow (Sept. 15) over SC, continue northwest to eastern Kentucky, then swing northeast and track over most of New England early next week. What's more, Florence's historic amount of rainfall may lead to flooding of pig manure lagoons, and the hurricane's winds and storm surge have the potential to damage nuclear reactors in the region, Live Science previously reported. Numerous evacuees took their pets. "If the number seems really insane high, you always have to have some suspicion until we can actually get out and verify it".

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, more than 60 people were evacuated from a hotel after part of the roof collapsed, city officials said. Twenty inches (50 cm) were reported by early Friday afternoon in the town of Oriental.

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By Friday evening, the centre of the storm had moved to eastern SC, with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour.

Authorities in New Bern, a town of about 30,000 people that dates to the early 18th century, said more than 100 people had to be rescued from floods.

Hurricane Florence slowed dramatically as it approached shallower waters along the coast, dropping from a Category 4 hurricane with 130 miles per hour (209 km/h) winds on Wednesday (Sept. 12) to a Category 2 Thursday.

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

Astronauts at the International Space Station, for example, struggled to fit the enormous storm into one frame.

Another moving photograph captured a K-9 handler giving his dog, Tag, fluids through an IV bag to keep him healthy while conducting important search and rescue work in Pembroke, North Carolina.

President Donald Trump is expected to travel to areas hit by Florence next week, once it is determined his travel will not disrupt any rescue or recovery efforts, the White House said on Friday. Downed trees blocked the road, making it impossible for paramedics to get to her.

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