Mother and Infant Among First Reported Fatalities as Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall

Shutterstock View View 19

Although the storm is passing north of Myrtle Beach, the concern now is that river water from North Carolina will flow into the area and combine with all the water that is already there.

- An ominous tweet appeared on a historic North Carolina community's Twitter feed about 2 a.m. Friday. "This is a 500- or 1,000-year event".

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) stated that "life-threatening, catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding are likely over portions of the Carolinas and the southern and central Appalachians late this week into early next week". That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches (10 centimeters) of water, he calculated. The National Weather Service office in Newport, N.C. It has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, but is not going anywhere fast. He said the gust was the strongest recorded in Wilmington since 1958. Highways and secondary road closures were reported throughout eastern North Carolina.

Florence is expected to dump 18 trillion gallons of rainwater on USA soil, meteorologist Ryan Maue tweeted.

More than 615,849 customers have lost power as of 2 pm Friday, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Florence came ashore more than 24 hours ago.

Forecasters said "catastrophic" freshwater flooding was expected along waterways far from the coast of North and SC.

For people living inland in the Carolinas, however, the moment of maximum peril from flash flooding could arrive days later, because it takes time for rainwater to drain into rivers and for those streams to crest. Through the day, the storm's pace slowed even more, from 10 miles per hour Thursday morning to 3 miles per hour by Friday evening. The figure for SC was 170,000. Twenty inches (50 cm) were reported by early Friday afternoon in the town of Oriental. An additional 12-14+ inches of rain is expected around the Wilmington area. The storm made landfall Friday at 7:15 a.m. ET just south of Wrightsville Beach - about 6.5 miles due east for Wilmington, North Carolina.

High-definition video from space shows the extreme power of Hurricane Florence
Boarding up his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Chris Pennington watched the forecasts and tried to decide when to leave. President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency on the federal level Tuesday for the Carolinas and Virginia.

Apple Launches iPhone Xs and Xs Max; Read All The Specifications here
The smaller Xs does gain the Gold paint job (which the iPhone X lacked), but the other two – Silver and Space Gray – are standard. It claims the iPhone XS runs for half an hour longer than last year's X, while the XS Max lasts an additional 1.5 hours.

Steve Harrigan Reports in Extreme Conditions in North Topsail Beach, NC
The Wilmington airport had a wind gust clocked at 105 miles per hour (169 kph), the highest since Hurricane Helene in 1958. About 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians have been deployed, with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats.

Flooding concerns extend beyond the coast of North Carolina as well. "You can never predict what a hurricane is going to do but I'm just not going to run away from this". Authorities say at least 20,000 people have evacuated their homes and are sought refuge in shelters throughout North Carolina.

The elevation will serve as a forcing mechanism for the abundant low level moisture being dragged in by Florence, essentially creating an ideal environment for torrential rain and the possibility of mudslides, especially Sunday into Monday.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster asked people to remain patient during a last-minute news conference before Hurricane Florence begins to impact the state.

National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear predicted Florence would drop up to eight months' worth of rain in two or three days. Super Typhoon Mangkhut was expected to hit an area in the Philippines on Saturday that would affect 5.2 million people. However, there remains a large amount of uncertainty in the ultimate track of what will become post-tropical-storm Florence.

Forecast position of the remnents of Florence on Monday morning.

► Make it easy to keep up to date with more stories like this.

He added that people living near rivers, streams and lowland areas in the region were most at risk.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump approves North Carolina disaster declaration for Florence
Sep 15, 2018 - 20:17
More than 360 people were rescued from the flooding by crews in boats, some flown in from NY and other areas of the US. By Friday evening, the eye of the storm had moved to SC . "WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted around 2am.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Chelsea Boss Talks Up Return Of Blues Legend
Sep 15, 2018 - 20:13
Chelsea were beaten by Manchester City in the Community Shield but responded by winning their first four league fixtures. Cardiff City's Josh Murphy (hamstring) and Aron Gunnarsson (knee) are back in the squad for the trip to Stamford Bridge.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Stephen Colbert, Chelsea Handler & More Respond to Trump's Puerto Rico Tweet
Sep 15, 2018 - 17:31
At least five people have died during Hurricane Florence after the storm made landfall on the North Carolina coast on Friday. Paul Ryan , the Republican house speaker, said he had " no reason to dispute" the death toll of 3,000.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Amir Khan must fight Kell Brook next says Eddie Hearn
Sep 15, 2018 - 16:55
The Bolton fighter told Starsport last week that he favours a fight with ring legend Pacquiao over British rival Brook. But Khan replied with a quick flurry and the Briton seemed in control, but at the same time vulnerable.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Meghan Markle's Royal Life Is More Isolating Than Ever
Sep 15, 2018 - 10:29
Just this week, Meghan's sister Samantha took to Twitter to coin a nasty schoolyard nickname for her and attack her yet again. According to People , Meghan Markle routinely goes to the Whole Foods five minutes from Kensington Palace incognito.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top The Super Smash Bros Ultimate Nintendo Switch Is Pretty Sweet
Sep 15, 2018 - 09:43
Of course, connecting to the Internet on a weekly basis seems to be a small price to pay to play NES games on the Switch. U Deluxe is coming to Switch on January 11, and as the rumour suggested, the package also includes New Super Luigi U .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Paul Manafort close to plea deal to avoid second federal trial
Sep 15, 2018 - 09:39
Jury selection for his second trial is now set to begin on Monday, and opening arguments are scheduled for September 24. He already faced a possible sentence of life behind bars before the second trial began in Washington, D.C .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Carolinas Hunker Down As Florence Approaches
Sep 15, 2018 - 08:46
In Pender County, North Carolina, a woman suffered a fatal heart attack; paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris. The fifth, a 78-year-old man, was found dead on a street outside of Kinston.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri struggling to give up smoking
Sep 15, 2018 - 08:05
Marked his first start for the Toffees last time out with an assist, and is likely to start again this weekend. I need to be ready for that but I haven't got a target. "Mentally after the break it is hard ", he said.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Russia bombers off Alaska intercepted by U.S. fighter jets
Sep 15, 2018 - 07:36
A United States official previously told CNN that the military sees these flights as routine and said they pose no concern. The Hill also reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin said the following in a statement related to the war games.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Hurricane Florence: North Carolina devastated by ‘CATASTROPHIC’ floods
Sep 15, 2018 - 07:19
A fourth person reportedly was killed while plugging in a generator in the state's Lenoir County, according to USA media. By Friday evening, the centre of the storm had moved to eastern SC , with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Storm Helene to bring wet and windy weather to Ireland
Sep 15, 2018 - 05:55
Hurricane Hugo was an example on September 22, 1989, when it made landfall on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 40 miles per hour (65 km/h) with higher gusts.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ariana Grande has made an emotional statement and video about Mac Miller
Sep 15, 2018 - 00:03
Miller, real name Malcolm McCormick , was 26 when he died from a suspected overdose. On Friday, the 25-year-old shared a video on Instagram featuring the late rapper.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tesla cuts number of stock colors to streamline production
Sep 14, 2018 - 23:58
The two colors, Obsidian Black Metallic and Silver Metallic, will disappear from Tesla's site on Wednesday, confirms Musk. A Tesla spokesperson expanded on the changes when reached by Reuters.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tennis umpires considering boycotting Serena Williams matches
Sep 14, 2018 - 23:30
A teary-eyed Osaka addressed the crowd, saying (via ESPN ), "It was always my dream to play Serena in the U.S. Osaka revealed on Ellen DeGeneres' TV show this week that she doesn't actually own a vehicle .