Severe flooding after Hurricane Florence makes landfall

Hurricane Florence to test South Carolina infrastructure

People wait to be rescued by members of the U.S. Army during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of New Bern, North Carolina, U.S., September 14, 2018.

Officials in North Myrtle Beach, where some flooding was occurring, did report some delays in their 911 emergency system, according to a news release, but their public safety personnel are still out in the community. "That's why we've been preaching to people that you have to get away from the water". Authorities in the U.S. state of North Carolina have warned residents that flooding could get worse.

In New Bern, along the coast, homes were completely surrounded by water, and rescuers used inflatable boats to reach people.

In Hampstead, North Carolina, emergency responders going to a call for cardiac arrest found their path blocked by downed trees.

"We are expecting several more days of rain, and our focus now is getting people away from immediate danger", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said as the relenting storm puttered slowly west near the SC border.

With close to 90 of the state's 100 counties setting up their emergency management offices for this storm, all signs point to an even longer recovery from Florence.

This storm is relentless and excruciating. The storm knocked out power to almost 930,000 homes and businesses, and the number could keep rising. Electricity remained out for much of the city, known for its historic mansions, with power lines lying across roads like wet strands of spaghetti. He said the gust was the strongest recorded in Wilmington since 1958. With rivers rising toward record levels, thousands of people were ordered to evacuate for fear the next few days could bring the most destructive round of flooding in North Carolina history.

Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line, coming ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

On Saturday morning, the 563-km-wide storm was strolling along at 3.2kmh, unleashing drenching downpours in eastern SC.

For people living inland in the Carolinas, the moment of maximum peril from flash flooding could arrive days later, because it takes time for rainwater to drain into rivers and for those streams to crest. He said five deaths were confirmed from the storm and "several others are under investigation". Forecasters say "it can not be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard posed by the slow-moving storm is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will be spreading inland".

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"You evacuate from water", Cline said.

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

These are the best moments from Hurricane Florence that has captured the hearts in not only the Carolinas but across the nation.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm.

The figure included a woman and her baby killed when a tree fell on their house, while a sixth fatality occurred in SC.

It already had, in Beaufort County and its capital city, Washington, where 300 people were rescued from flooded homes. This comes a day after 90 miles per hour winds and torrential rain came down on North Carolina, making rivers rise to record levels.

New Bern's mayor said 4,200 homes were damaged in the city. Some area residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit.

The storm was expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said.

An alligator chose to ride out Florence in a neighborhood in SC.

Speaking during a visit to Moscow less than an hour after the hurricane made landfall in North Carolina, Perry says "we've done this many times before".

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