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5 dead in Hurricane Florence, including mom and infant

5 dead in Hurricane Florence, including mom and infant 5 dead in Hurricane Florence, including mom and infant
Sandra Phillips | 16 September, 2018, 19:16

Storm surge could be as high as 11 feet in parts of North Carolina, prompting officials to closely watch the rise of rivers in the eastern part of the state.

"We're deeply concerned for whole communities which could be wiped away", he added.

More than 1.7 million people in Virginia, North and SC were told to evacuate ahead of Florence's arrival.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city of New Bern tweeted around 2 a.m.

Antonio Ramirez, a construction worker from El Salvador living in Leland, North Carolina, said he planned to ride out the worst of the weather with his dog Canelo.

More than 12,000 people were in shelters in North Carolina and 400 in Virginia, where the forecast was less dire. It just barely has Category 1 hurricane strength with top sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kph).

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper confirmed the death of the man who was electrocuted outside, CNN reported. The rainfall will produce life-threatening flash flooding.

On the mainland in New Bern, authorities said more than 100 people had to be saved from floods and that the downtown area was underwater.

Besides federal and state emergency crews, they were being helped by volunteers from the so-called "Cajun Navy" who also turned up in Houston during Hurricane Harvey to carry out water rescues.

Florence flattened trees, crumbled roads and knocked out power to more than 700,000 homes and businesses, and the assault wasn't anywhere near an end.

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Florence pours on the rain amid fears of catastrophic floods
More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters. The figure included a woman and her baby killed when a tree fell on their house, while a sixth fatality occurred in SC .

A warming climate also means that the atmosphere can hold more and more water vapor, fueling hurricanes with even more water that can fall on coastal areas.

In this photo provided by Jordan Guthrie, wind and water from Hurricane Florence damages the highway leading off Harkers Island, N.C. on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

The WXCHARTS map shows the deadly eye of the hurricane moving across North Carolina with wind gusts reaching 131km per hour until subsiding to 80km per hour on Sunday. Forecasters said catastrophic freshwater flooding is expected well inland in the Carolinas over the next few days.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles (315 km).

States of emergency have already been declared in both North and SC.

In Wilmington, Mason Tarr said he spent the night at a friend's house but didn't sleep well.

Horry County announced earlier that emergency responses would be "slow or limited" due to conditions from Hurricane Florence. "I wonder how it would have been with a Category 4 or 5".

"I built this house myself, so I'm not anxious at all, I know it's solid", he said. "But there are a lot of big trees around so we preferred to spend the night at a friends to be sure".

As of 1 p.m. ET, more than a foot of rain had fallen in many towns in southeastern North Carolina.

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