Four dead as Hurricane Florence continues to slam the Carolinas

James Marshall
September 18, 2018

Its forward movement was 6 miles per hour (9 kph).

Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles from their center.

Utility officials say almost 900,000 homes and businesses were without power in the Carolinas on Friday and more were expected to lose power.

Most Kenyans living along the coastal cities of North and SC heeded calls to evacuate areas that were to bear the brunt of Hurricane Florence. In the port city of Wilmington, residents awoke to the sound of power transformers blowing up, plunging homes into darkness as Hurricane Florence's howling winds whipped through the streets sending metal signs, water and debris flying. Hundreds of people had to be rescued.

The National Hurricane Center says the Neuse River near the city is recording more than 10 feet (3.05 meters) of inundation.

It has now been downgraded to a tropical storm but continues to wreak havoc as heavy rain is flooding several areas in the south-west and winds continue to pull infrastructure apart. "Our focus now is getting people away from immediate danger".

The National Hurricane Center said Florence had the potential to dump historic amounts of rain on North and SC, as much as a meter in some places.

One of them is John Wasike, who lives and works at a hotel in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Members of the North Carolina National Guard search for evacuees in Fairfield Harbour, N.C., on Friday.

So far, no Kenyan has been reported dead in the aftermath of the hurricane that made landfall on Friday morning.

The storm's movement, not its strength, has forecasters and officials anxious.

Duke said it had more than 20,000 personnel ready to start fixing outages as soon as conditions allowed, including over 8,000 from Duke's Carolinas utilities, 1,700 from the Midwest, 1,200 from Florida and 9,400 from other utilities.

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