Hurricane Florence: Woman, baby die after tree falls on house

Thousands flee Florence, head to Florida - Story

Thousands flee Florence, head to Florida - Story

The National Hurricane Center or NHC said on September 14, "Life-threatening storm surges and hurricane-force winds continue and catastrophic freshwater flooding expected over portions of North and SC".

Recent tracking maps show Florence stalking near the coast line, increasing the chances of flooding across four states.

The center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Wednesday night, and approach the coast of North Carolina or SC in the hurricane warning area on Thursday and Friday, NHC said.

Florence had been a Category 3 hurricane with 200kmh winds on Thursday, but dropped to Category 1 before coming ashore.

The NHC said the first tropical storm-force winds of at least 39 miles per hour (63 kph) would hit the region early on Thursday with the storm's centre reaching the coast Friday.

The danger came in the form of a massive storm surge.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm and more than 1 million were ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia. "We'll handle it. We're ready, we're able".

The White House said on Friday President Donald Trump would travel to the region next week unless his visit would disrupt cleanup and rescue efforts.

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

"What happens is that we rescue some people and then we find out there are still more who need it", Outlaw said. SC has also canceled classes through at least Saturday due to the storm.

Florence was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared past year for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where the death toll was put at almost 3,000.

Winds bent trees towards the ground and raindrops flew sideways as Florence moved in for an extended stay, with enough of its killer winds swirling overseas to maintain its power.

Duke Energy Corp expected between 25 percent and 75 percent of its 4 million customers would lose power in the Carolinas.

NHC said, "The center of Florence will be moving inland very soon, but is expected to slow down even more today and tonight".

Weak steering current will allow the hurricane to drift westward along the SC coast and inland, and center over the state's interior Sunday morning, the NHC projected.

The governors of the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland and Georgia all declared states of emergency.

"The state is mobilising all available resources to ensure public safety", Deal said. "Florence may be weakening but will have a large storm surge".

More than 722,000 homes and businesses were without power in the Carolinas early on Friday, utility officials said.

In Wilmington, Solange Iliou Thompson closed down her restaurant, Indochine, because all of her employees had left the city.

"I am anxious about what I might find when I go home, though", she said. "I want to get them as far away as possible". "Everybody laughs at the fact that this storm got downgraded. but I've never seen tree devastation this bad". "If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have minded staying here".

Boat teams including volunteers rescued some 360 residents, including Sadie Marie Holt, 67, who first tried to row out of her neighborhood during Florence's assault.

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