Dolphins swimming in flood water caused by Hurricane Florence

15 September, 2018, 20:42 | Author: Tara Reeves
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Florence diminished from hurricane strength as it came ashore on Friday, but the large storm's slow progress across the two states could leave much of the region under water in the coming days, according to forecasters. The Cajun Navy, a Louisiana-based group of private boat owners whose role proved pivotal in Texas during Hurricane Harvey, had rescued more than 150 people by Friday alone.

He said that on Saturday morning, the floodwaters around his home had dropped, leaving a multitude of trees and other debris in their wake.

"While the weather conditions have improved, motorists should be cautious of fallen trees, downed power lines, and standing water in and around roadways".

"The fact that there haven't been more deaths and damage is incredible and a blessing", said Rebekah Roth, walking around Wilmington's Winoca Terrace neighborhood on Saturday.

The hurricane's storm surge - the wall of water it pushed in from the Atlantic - "overwhelmed" the town of New Bern at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said.

Florence peaked at a terrifying Category 4 with top winds of 140 mph over warm ocean water before making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line. A flash flood warning for all of Southeastern North Carolina, including New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties, was in effect until at least 4 p.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service said in a bulletin.

It is not know if the dolphins came into shore to find shelter from the storm or if they were dragged in the the high winds.

Governor Cooper has activated more than 2,800 National Guard soldiers to preserve life and safety, provide clearance of roads, and support communications and logistics.

The storm is nearly at a standstill over southeastern North Carolina. Hurricane force winds were being felt in an 80-mile radius from the center of the storm. At least seven people have died, a toll authorities fear will rise as the storm crawls westward across SC.

Trinidadians in the Carolinas prepare for Hurricane Florence
The city of New Bern, with a population of around 30,000, is under a mandatory evacuation, according to The Weather Channel . The center downgraded Florence to a Category 1 hurricane, but warned that it still carried "very unsafe winds".

A mother and her baby died when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina. The father was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries.

Two people died in Lenoir County.

Charlotte and Asheville in North Carolina, and Roanoke, Virginia, could be in for heavy rains as Florence plods inland. In New Bern, the unsafe conditions prompted officials in the coastal city to place the city under 24-hour curfew at 7 a.m. Friday.

More than 100 people were rescued and up to 75 more were awaiting rescue on Saturday morning, according to a town official. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the authorities in New Bern said on Twitter.

"I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", Ballance said. The eye moved from sea to land at Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina.

The flooding soon spread into SC. Dozens more were pulled from a collapsed motel.

Nearly 20,000 people had taken refuge in 157 emergency shelters, Mr Cooper said.

The White House said Friday U.S. President Donald Trump will travel to areas hit by Hurricane Florence next week, once it has been determined that his travel would not disrupt any rescue or recovery efforts.

On Friday night, undaunted by fierce bipartisan criticism, he returned to the issue, tweeting his doubt about the research that produced the official death toll in Puerto Rico.

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