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Four dead as Hurricane Florence continues to slam the Carolinas

16 September 2018

Both deaths were reported to the State Medical Examiner's Office by the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office.

A 78-year-old man was electrocuted attempting to connect extension cords while another man perished when he was blown down by high winds while checking on his hunting dogs.

"In a matter of seconds, my house was flooded up to the waist, and now it is to the chest", she added. An investigation is underway, but officials said it appears there's no reason for others at the shelter to worry.

As of Friday morning, Atlantic Beach, a town on North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier island chain, had already received 76cm of rain, the US Geological Service said.

In New Bern, where a curfew was in place, city authorities said at least 150 people were awaiting rescue.

The storm made landfall near Wrightsville Beach at 7:15 a Category 1 storm packing 90 mile per hour winds.

While the wind is risky enough, the real risk for homes along the coast today and into the weekend is the storm surge.

More than ten people have been killed by Florence and her impact as the remnants of the storm moved through the area Saturday.

More than 505,000 homes and businesses are already without power, and energy companies warn up to three million homes and businesses could lose electricity. 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 nuclear power plant in Brunswick, NC, has shut operations. Florence is going southwest after landfall. Significant weakening was expected over the weekend.

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- A neon sign was no match for Hurricane strength winds.

Governor Cooper said the hurricane was likely to "continue its violent grind across the state for days".

"There is going to be a lot of rain". We are on the bad side of this storm. Rainfall of up to 20 to 40 inches could fall over the next five days in some areas, forecasters say. In South and North Carolina evacuated residents of coastal areas is just over 1.5 million people. The rainfall will produce life-threatening flash flooding.

Airlines canceled more than 2,100 flights through Sunday.

U.S. President Donald Trump took a moment on Friday to thank those responding to emergencies across the Carolinas.

Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 kilometers) from its center. The agency is primarily warning residents about heavy storm surge and heavy rainfall.

Tropical Storm Isaac became Tropical Depression Isaac Friday morning. It's moving westward across the eastern Caribbean, where it's expected to bring up to 5 inches of rain across Puerto Rico.

Helene was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm Thursday.

Forecasters say it is now moving into eastern SC, crawling along at just 3mph (4.8km/h).