At least 6 killed in southeastern NC due to Hurricane Florence

At least 6 killed in southeastern NC due to Hurricane Florence

"This storm will bring destruction", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said.

The number of outages is expected to keep growing.

Hurricane Florence has claimed its first two victims.

According to poweroutage.us, more than 500,000 customers in North Carolina and 50,000 in SC were without power on Friday morning, though the Weather Channel estimates up to 3 million customers could lose power in the Carolinas due to Florence.

Florence was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared a year ago for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where the storm was blamed for almost 3,000 deaths in the desperate aftermath.

The centre of the hurricane's eye came ashore at about 7:15am (local time) near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina, with sustained winds of 150kph, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said. We know how to manage expectations.

Forecasters are predicting that the storm will continue to weaken but still dump potentially record-breaking amounts of rain as it moves slowly inland.

Amanda Tesch, a spokesperson for the Carteret County Emergency Services, said that earlier reports from her office that the death toll has been raised were never correct.

According to a study in June, hurricanes and typhoons, on average, appear to be slowing down in part because of human-caused climate change.

Tornadoes are also possible in the eastern North Carolina area according to the NHC, as wind and rain impact land.

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In addition, the threat of storm surges looms for areas in the path of the storm, meaning life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland is possible.

About 1.7 million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders and millions of others live in areas likely to be affected by the storm.

When asked why they stayed at home to ride out the storm rather than evacuating, Cellucci said that her husband was the one to make the tough call.

The Neuse River in New Bern, North Carolina yesterday began to flow over its banks, triggering flooding as waters continued to rise from torrential rainfall. We have 2 out-of-state on the way to help us.

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons, enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches (25 centimeters).

Residents can be seen wading through deep floodwater in New Bern as they attempt to retrieve their belongings.

Tropical Storm Isaac became Tropical Depression Isaac Friday morning. River flooding may be worse than Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

"We've got nearly 20,000 people in 157 shelters", Cooper said.

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

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