Five dead in Carolinas as Florence brings ´epic´ floods

Gov. McMaster cautions SC residents as Hurricane Florence moves toward state

The death toll from Hurricane Florence rose to eight on Saturday, local media said.

In the city of New Bern, one of the hardest hit areas in North Carolina, more than 300 people were trapped in cars, on roofs and in their attics overnight after over 10 feet of storm surge flooded the river-front city.

Five people, including a mother and her baby, have been killed by Florence, which was initially categorised as a hurricane with 120mph winds.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence broke a North Carolina rainfall record that had stood for nearly 20 years: Preliminary reports showed Swansboro got more than 75 centimetres and counting, obliterating the mark set in 1999, when Hurricane Floyd dropped just over 60 centimetres on the state.

Other areas throughout the region reported flooded and impassable roads, downed trees and power lines and power outages of more than 125,000 customers.

Jacob Fernandez (left) and Josh Fernandez play around on the tree that fell near their home as Hurricane Florence passed through the area on Friday in Bolivia, N.C.

"The rainfall is epic and will continue to be", Cooper said.

He also reminded people the bulk of storm-related deaths occur from drowning in floodwaters.

"The water is rising fast everywhere, even in places that don't typically flood", he said.

A speed boat sits wedged in bushes in the parking lot of a waterfront hotel in New Bern, North Carolina, on September 14, 2018.

None of the people rescued were injured.

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More than 12,000 people were in shelters in North Carolina and 400 in Virginia, where the forecast was less dire.

Florence "has been most unpredictable, but what has been predictable and steady is our concern for heavy rain and flooding", South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) said, according to the Charleston Post and Courier.

The doors of many homes suffered so much wind damage they appeared to have been kicked in, while the city's beloved fibre-glass bear statues, which are sponsored by local businesses, were floating down streets.

The two remaining fishing piers in Carteret County were damaged after Florence landed off the North Carolina coast and continues to churn on Friday. But once New Bern TV news station WCTI evacuated its newsroom Thursday night because of flooding and people began to lose power, the seriousness of the situation began dawning on folks, she said. In Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack after paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris. "And we had no belief it would be as significant an event as it was, ” he said. “This is a 500- or 1,000-year event. ”Eudy´s family has lived in New Bern since the 1850s, he said".

Power outages are widespread, affecting over 740,000 homes and businesses in North Carolina and 163,000 in SC.

The White House said President Trump had issued a disaster declaration for North Carolina a day earlier, freeing up funds for housing and home fix.

Florence made landfall 10 miles east of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, on Friday morning as a Category 1 hurricane with 90 mph winds.

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.

Among those volunteers was the Cajun Navy, a volunteer rescue organization formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Tornadoes remain a threat, with the NHC saying that "a few tornadoes are possible in southeastern North Carolina and northeastern SC".

More than 10 million people are under hurricane watches or warnings and 1.7 million have been ordered to evacuate the coast.

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