More than 98,000 without power in U.S. Southeast as Florence approaches

James Marshall
October 11, 2018

A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from Wilmington police. The child's injured father was hospitalized.

Two more people were killed in Lenoir County.

Reuters news agency reports. Officials say people refusing to evacuate could end up alone, drenched and in the dark, as rescue crews won't go out to help in winds above 80 km/h.

Over 450,000 homes and businesses in North and SC were still without power on Monday evening, down from a peak of almost 1 million outages. It was downgraded to Category 1 before coming ashore on Friday near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina.

Hurricane Floyd's wrath impacted the East Coast from Florida to New England.

"The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves, " it said.

"It truly is really about the whole size of this storm", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said.

Authorities in North Carolina said almost 814,000 customers were without power.

Over 770,000 were without power in North Carolina Friday night.

As of 11 p.m., Florence was centered about 85 miles (135 kilometers) east-southeast of Wilmington, its forward movement slowed to 5 mph (7 kph). "There is probably not a county or a person that will not be affected in some way by this very massive and violent storm".

A surge is likely along portions of the SC coast.

Warmer seas power hurricanes.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said 2,600 people were rescued in North Carolina, along with 300 animals, and that the rescues were continuing.

Several places already had more than 16 inches (40 centimeters) of rain, and Oriental, North Carolina got more than 20 inches (50 centimeters) in just a few hours.

Winds and rain were arriving later in SC, and a few people were still walking on the sand at Myrtle Beach while North Carolina was getting pounded. The rainfall will produce life-threatening flash flooding.

Schools and businesses closed as far south as Georgia, airlines canceled more than 1,500 flights, and coastal towns in the Carolinas were largely emptied out.

Meacham says the state can house more than 35,000 people if needed. "And I can not stress enough the importance of adhering to the governor's orders for mandatory evacuation". President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency on the federal level Tuesday for the Carolinas and Virginia.

Category 2 storm has a sustained wind speed of 96 to 110 miles per hour.

A storm surge warning is in effect for Myrtle Beach, SC to Ocracoke Inlet, NC, and the Pamlico Sound, including the Pamlico and Neuse rivers.

Definitely the storm surge, which could be up to 11 feet in some locations. "The larger and the slower the storm is, the greater the threat and the impact - and we have that". It's moving north-northeast at 18 miles per hour.

By hovering over the warm water in the Atlantic Ocean, the storm is being nourished.

So, what can we tell for certain about what the National Weather Service has called the "storm of a lifetime"?

Another weather disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico moved inland Friday, making landfall in south Texas, bringing heavy rainfall and gusty winds to the region.

"You're going to have damaging winds for a longer period of time", senior hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart said in an update from the NHC.

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