Cleveland natives make it home as Hurricane Florence cancels thousands of flights

17 September, 2018, 03:15 | Author: Grady Montgomery
  • Water from Neuse River floods houses as Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern North Carolina

Electricity remained out for much of the city, with power lines lying across many roads like wet strands of spaghetti.

"We don't even know them", he said.

According to the National Hurricane Centre, heavy rains with tropical-storm-force winds were yesterday spreading across the outer banks and coastal south-eastern North Carolina.

At 11 a.m. EDT (1200 GMT), the hurricane center said Florence had maximum sustained winds near 45 miles per hour (75 km per hour) and continued to produce catastrophic flooding in the Carolinas. South Carolina's state capital Columbia is at only 89m (292ft).

The number of residential properties indicated does not include inland flooding, CoreLogic said.

Duke said it had more than 20,000 personnel ready to start fixing outages as soon as conditions allowed, including more than 8,000 from Duke's Carolinas utilities, 1,700 from the Midwest, 1,200 from Florida and 9,400 from other utilities.

Wind often gets the headlines, but water is most responsible for deaths in a hurricane. We know it has forced the cancellation of almost 1,800 flights, with more to come, and that it has already caused serious flooding in coastal areas.

"Please be safe and be smart and use your common sense", Cooper added.

Hurricane Florence's leading edge is battering the Carolina coast, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets, as the hulking storm closes in with 160kph winds for a drenching siege that could last all weekend.

Eduardo Munoz / Reuters The Union Point Park Complex is seen flooded as the Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina. Sixty-one shelters have opened in SC - 12 designated for evacuees with special medical needs - able to accommodate more than 31,000 additional people.




Florence also blew down trees, including one that went through the roof of Kevin DiLoreto's home in Wilmington. The child's father was taken to a hospital. Paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris. Also, a 77-year-old man was apparently knocked down by the wind and died after going out to check on his hunting dogs, Lenoir County authorities said, and the governor's office said a man was electrocuted while trying to connect extension cords in the rain.

MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA-Time is running short to get out of the way of Hurricane "Florence", a monster of a storm that has a region of more than 10 million people in its potentially devastating sights as it zeroes in on the U.S. southeast coast.

For Western North Carolina, the storm is not going to be felt until Saturday.

At 2 a.m. Friday, the city tweeted an ominous message, saying at least 150 people were awaiting rescue. New Bern is about 32 miles north of Morehead City, North Carolina, and 101 miles southeast of Raleigh.

"Unfortunately, when storms hit is during our fall season", he said.

"On a scale of one to 10, I'm probably a seven in terms of worry, she said". The figure for SC was 170,000.

Overcrowded animal shelters in some North Carolina districts were facing a more grim prospect: euthanizing animals that can't be shipped to safety. Another 400 people were in shelters in Virginia, where forecasts were less dire.

President Donald Trump has said protecting lives is his "absolute highest priority" and that the White House is standing by to offer affected states whatever help they ask for.

With winds picking up along the coastline early Thursday, federal and state officials had issued final appeals to residents to get out of the path of the "once in a lifetime" weather system.

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