Hurricane Florence makes landfall in North Carolina

Hurricane Florence makes landfall in North Carolina

WITN is reporting two people were killed in Lenoir County.

Hurricane Florence pummeled North Carolina, making landfall Friday morning with storm surges and wind gusts before contributing to at least five deaths.

Some of the worst flooding was in New Bern, North Carolina, a town of about 30,000 people at the confluence of the Trent and Neuse rivers.

In Wilmington, near where the eye of the hurricane touched down, trees and power lines were down and many windows had been broken.

"We have completed all of our water rescues & want to sincerely thank all of the volunteers who helped us save lives".

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said the hurricane was "wreaking havoc" on the U.S. East Coast and will make its "violent grind across our state for days".

The entire state of SC is set to get washed with rain, flooding homes that were flooded during the historic 1,000-year flood in 2015, state officials said on Friday.

Tragedy struck one family when a tree fell on a house; a mother and child were killed.

Griffin said she was jolted awake when the power went off at the hotel as some of the storm's strongest bands lashed Wilmington with wind and rain.

Florence's eyewall reached shore near Wilmington, N.C., just before 6 a.m. ET Friday; more than an hour later, the National Hurricane Center announced, it had "finally" made landfall near Wrightsville Beach. It came ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

By early afternoon, Florence's winds had weakened to 75 miles per hour, just barely a hurricane and well below the storm's terrifying Category 4 peak of 140 miles per hour earlier in the week. "I'm not sure if it's a shift in the wind or low tide - but the water has miraculously disappeared".

Almost 300,000 customers in North Carolina were meanwhile reported to be without power as the outer band of the storm approached. Other communities got well over a foot.

Nintendo Direct Is Officially Rescheduled For Thursday 13th September
Online functionality for games like Splatoon 2 have been totally free since the system's release but that will change next week. Nintendo Switch Online has been a highly anticipated Nintendo Switch feature. 'Gamers: "how could you do this to us?!"'.

SpaceX To Announce Name Of World's First Space Tourist
If the project is successful, it would mark the first time someone has been to the moon since the last Apollo mission in 1972. The person's identity will be revealed on Monday, Space Exploration Technologies Corp . said in a tweet .

Victims honored at 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial in Grapevine
The 9/11 Victims' Compensation Fund has paid out $US4bn to fund medical expenses for survivors of the terror attacks. Months later, there was a botched pipe bombing in a subway passageway near Times Square. "They attacked the enemy".

By 2 p.m. Saturday, the storm won't even be halfway across SC, forecasters say. Forecasters said catastrophic freshwater flooding is expected well inland in the Carolinas over the next few days.

About 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians have been deployed, with high-water vehicles, helicopters, and boats.

Florence was seen as a major test for FEMA, 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 months that followed.

Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com said Florence could dump a staggering 18 trillion gallons of rain over a week on North Carolina, South Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches (10 centimeters) of water, he calculated.

Cline said July was the wettest ever in that part of North Carolina, and the water table rose 21 inches higher than normal.

The hurricane has torn buildings apart and knocked out power to more than 600,000 homes and businesses.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door-to-door to pull dozens of people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse. But with a storm surge putting pressure on water to head back inland and heavy rains swelling those rivers, widespread flooding is the result.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", tweeted the city of New Bern.

"We are stuck in the attic", Perry said.

Federal officials are urging anyone who ignored orders to evacuate from Hurricane Florence to hunker down and stay put until the storm passes.

"We're working as hard as we can", Hodges says. "We've had it reported to where it's over mailboxes, to the stairs of homes, even at first, second floors to where people are having to get on their roofs".

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Deadly Florence trudges inland in Carolinas with 'epic' rain, flooding
Sep 17, 2018 - 00:53
Florence "will produce catastrophic flooding over parts of North and SC for some time", NOAA official Steve Goldstein said. Experts say Mangkhut may well end up being the deadlier storm, though Florence could tally a higher insured damage total.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump's Court Pick BREAKS SILENCE on Feinstein's Letter — KAVANAUGH SPEAKS
Sep 17, 2018 - 00:14
At one point, she said, [Kavanaugh's friend Mike] Judge jumped on top of them, and she tried unsuccessfully to wriggle free. Either scenario would mean the Supreme Court would begin its new term on October 1 without a ninth justice.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Woman comes forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct
Sep 17, 2018 - 00:14
She said Kavanaugh pinned her to the bed and groped her, trying to remove her clothing and a one-piece bathing suit underneath. The Telegraph contacted the White House for comment on Ms Ford's claims , but had no response at the time of going to press.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Arrested Texas border agent described as 'serial killer'
Sep 16, 2018 - 19:42
Law enforcement officers gather near the scene where the body of a woman was found near Interstate 35 north of Laredo, Texas. Alaniz told The Texas Tribune that after the suspect picked up the fifth woman she quickly realized that she was in danger.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Hurricane Florence kills at least three people
Sep 16, 2018 - 19:39
Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it was unclear how many did. The fear is that during that slow march west, it'll drop torrential rains, flooding low-lying areas and overwhelming rivers.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Hazard Scores Hat-Trick To Maintain Perfect Start
Sep 16, 2018 - 19:38
"Hazard is a good player, but that's what you're going to get when you're playing against these teams", Warnock said. Chelsea grabbed a vital second goal just before half-time and it was that man Hazard again.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Hurricane Florence takes aim at Southeast
Sep 16, 2018 - 19:38
Glenn McNeill with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said troopers are on standby statewide to assist where needed. President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia , opening the way for federal aid.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top China will not "surrender" to United States demands in trade talks
Sep 15, 2018 - 03:26
Financial markets have been whipsawed this week by conflicting reports on the status of trade talks between the world's two largest economies.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Series of explosions ignites more than 70 homes in MA
Sep 15, 2018 - 02:45
Officials in Andover previously said at least three people, including a firefighter, had been injured in the town. Firefighters battled dozens of fires September 13, 2018 , in three MA towns after a series of gas explosions .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Who are ODESZA? Apple Feature 'Loyal' In New iPhone XS Advert
Sep 15, 2018 - 01:50
It's got a lower resolution screen than the flagship models, and, unlike them, its display is based on LCD technology, not OLED. Coming to the pricing , the Apple Watch Series 4 with GPS starts at $399 while the GPS + Cellular model is priced at $499.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker named on FIFPro World XI shortlist
Sep 14, 2018 - 05:16
Africa have two representatives this year, with Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane of Egypt and Senegal respectively. The 15-man shortlist has been chosen by 25,000 professional footballers in a total of 65 countries.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Watergate's Woodward says 'Times' Trump op-ed not up to his standards
Sep 14, 2018 - 05:01
While he said the book contained "inaccuracies", as Axios reports, he wasn't specific about what the book supposedly got wrong. But Woodward insisted his book was accurate and said he carefully vetted each description included in the book.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon splits NY voters
Sep 14, 2018 - 04:54
A Siena College poll released Monday shows Cuomo with a 41 percentage point lead over Nixon heading into Thursday's primary. With just one day to go before voters cast their ballots in the September 13 gubernatorial primary, Gov.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Storm sweep Mystics, win third WNBA title
Sep 14, 2018 - 04:11
Stewart, 24, had been elected best player of the season (MVP) with an average of 21.8 points per game. Celebrate Sue Bird , Breanna Stewart and all of Seattle with this licensed championship t-shirt.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Is Trump's Tweet About Deaths In Puerto Rico His Most Disgusting Yet?
Sep 14, 2018 - 04:06
President Donald Trump tosses paper towels into a crowd in Puerto Rico previous year following Hurricane Maria . Trump's evidence for why the study was wrong? "That is not fake news, Mr.