Hurricane Florence: Deadly storm leaves North Carolina homes destroyed

Fury over Donald Trump dismissing Puerto Rico hurricane death toll

The National Hurricane Center described Florence's path as a wobble around southeastern North Carolina.

At least four people were killed.

"This is a hurricane event followed by a flood event", said South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster. The flash flooding could devastate communities and endanger dams, roads and bridges. More than 60 people had to be rescued in another town as a cinderblock motel collapsed at the height of the storm's fury.

In the dark: About 800,000 outages, mostly in North Carolina, as of Friday evening, with Duke Energy anticipating 1 million to 3 million homes and businesses losing power.

Now, rescue crews are scouring the coastal areas, attempting to save people who are trapped. He said parts of North Carolina had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 10 feet.

A mother and infant were killed in Wilmington, N.C. after a tree fell on a house there while the Category 1 hurricane throttled the eastern North Carolina coastline Friday morning.

A fourth person was killed while plugging in a generator in Lenoir County, north of Wilmington, WITN-TV reported.

"I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", said Tom Ballance, who owns a restaurant that is now completely flooded.

Hurricane Florence delivered a slow-motion assault to the coast of North Carolina early Friday, with catastrophic storm surge and torrential rains that will continue for days. It has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, but is not going anywhere fast.

Hurricane Florence makes landfall as torrential rains batter coast
Officials said about 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it was unclear how many did. But Florence's forward movement had slowed to a crawl, and it piled on the rain in a siege that could go on all weekend long.

The remainder of SC and North Carolina into southwest Virginia could see 5 to 10 inches, with some isolated areas seeing 15 inches.

Video below shows huge waves and storm surge crashing into a structure in North Topsail Beach. Authorities are also warning of mudslides and further power outages. The government's response to Hurricane Florence is seen by many as a test, especially after the criticism that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) received for their actions after Hurricane Maria. When she was discharged from the hospital, the roads in SC had already been closed, she said. So as the temperature of ocean water goes up, we might expect the intensity of hurricanes to increase in future.

"And from that point, we started hearing where people were saying on phone calls, 'I love you, ' to their family members because they were not sure they were going to get out of it alive", she said Friday. It tore roofs and facades off buildings and toppled trees. Traffic lights out of order because of power failures swayed in the gusty wind. Gusts reached over 100 miles per hour - the highest recorded in North Carolina since 1958. Nationwide, airlines canceled more than 2,400 flights through Sunday. The Little River, the Cape Fear, the Lumber, the Neuse, the Waccamaw and the Pee Dee were all projected to overrun their banks, possibly flooding cities and towns. Rescue workers were able only to save her father.

Forecasters believe the biggest danger right now is the water, not the wind.

He urged residents not to return to their homes to check the damage to their property.

"We are saddened by the sudden passing of one of our community, and our hearts go out to the family and friends who are now grieving during such an already stressful period", Amanda Hutcheson, the Brunswick County Government public information officer wrote in an email.

Ashley Warren and boyfriend Chris Smith managed to paddle away from their home in a boat with their two dogs, and the experience left her shaken.

Renato Solidum, Philippine under-secretary for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Affairs, told CTV News Channel that they need to prepare for the "direct physical impact of the typhoon and also the (resulting) consequences". "We might leave", she said.

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