NC resident dies plugging in a generator, marking 4th storm-related death

NC resident dies plugging in a generator, marking 4th storm-related death

But it still brought torrential rain.

Florence is anticipated to move slowly over eastern South Carolina Friday night through Saturday night.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper calls Florence the "uninvited brute" that could wipe out entire communities. "But I think we're ready". Though forecasters later downgraded Florence to a tropical storm, the monster system is barely moving over the Carolinas and could dump drenching rains of up to 3½ feet (1 meter).

Florence has been downgraded to a tropical storm by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) but authorities warned the danger was far from over, predicting that "life-threatening storm surges and strong winds" would persist through the night.

Significant flooding was being reported Friday along the Neuse, Pamlico and Pungo rivers in coastal North Carolina due to storm surge.

"I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", Ballance said. Officials in the town of 30,000, which dates to the early 18th century, said over 100 people were rescued from floods and the downtown was under water by Friday afternoon.

"And it's just a Category 1 hurricane", Tarr said.

Hundreds of residents were rescued on Friday, and the city was placed under a 24-hour curfew until further notice.

The hurricane has caused more than 555,000 power outages in North Carolina, with almost 65,000 reported in SC, according to website

This brings the total of Hurricane Florence-related deaths up to 4. "Elevated water levels may persist for some time after landfall in areas where onshore winds persist".

Tom Ballance, New Bern resident and business owner, told the Weather Channel that he watched water rise around him while sitting in his home, according to the Charlotte Observer.

There's still a threat from rising tides, Risty-Davis says.

At least four people have reportedly been killed.

The White House says President Donald Trump has issued a disaster declaration for North Carolina and that will make federal money available to people in the counties of Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico and Pender. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz REFILE - CORRECTING GRAMMAR AND TYPO IN CITY NAME A family is stalled in water as they wait to be rescued during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of New Bern, North Carolina, U.S., September 14, 2018. The agency adds that people trapped by flooding should "never enter attics or crawl spaces". At the city's airport, the wind was gusting at 91 miles per hour.

After that, Florence is forecast to move northwest and north and move across western SC on Sunday, Sept. 15, and across western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee on Monday, Sept. 16, the NHC said.

What is known was that as of 11 p.m. Friday, Florence's maximum winds were recorded at 65 miles per hour while it was hovering near Conway, NWS Columbia reported. It will likely weaken more on Friday, with "rapid weakening forecast over the weekend", the hurricane center said.

Cooper said Florence was set to cover nearly all of North Carolina in several feet of water. It is expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said.

To prepare for this storm, businesses have been boarding up, and supplies have been readied for what is expected to be a large-scale relief operation.

But it's not only North Carolinians who live along the coast who are being impacted by severe flooding. Thousands of soldiers from their National Guard forces have been mobilized. Wake County has opened shelters at six high schools with three primarily for coastal residents.

A high surf advisory was in effect through 2 p.m., as was a high rip-current risk through Thursday evening.

Forecasters are anticipating landslides near the Appalachians and near-record river flooding.

A mother and infant in North Carolina were among the first reported fatalities linked to Hurricane Florence. Its designation then was "potential tropical cyclone six".

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