In the United States of America there were the first victims of the hurricane "Florence"

In the United States of America there were the first victims of the hurricane

In the United States of America there were the first victims of the hurricane "Florence"

A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from Wilmington police.

There were no immediate reports of storm-related deaths or serious injuries but more than 60 people, including many children and pets, had to be evacuated from a hotel in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

The Carteret Country Sheriff's Office confirmed that two deaths initially reported as a result of Florence in North Carolina were a result of an apparent murder-suicide.

The US National Weather Service has released a flash flood warning as authorities were scrambling to reach almost 150 people now stranded. 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, a county spokesman said. And a 77-year-old man died when he was knocked over by wind, he said. SC recorded its first death from the storm, with officials saying a 61-year-old woman was killed when her vehicle hit a tree that had fallen across a highway.

The storm's movement, not its strength, has forecasters and officials anxious.

Rescue crews used boats to reach more than 360 people stranded by rising waters in New Bern, North Carolina, while many of their neighbours awaited help.

Blowing ashore with howling 155km/h winds, Hurricane Florence splintered buildings, trapped hundreds of people and swamped entire communities along the Carolina coast Friday in what could be just the opening act in a watery, two-part, slow-motion disaster. According to Meteorologist Ryan Maue, the 18 trillion gallons are enough to "fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches (10 centimeters) of water".

A gas station damaged by the storm in North Carolina, 14-09-2018. A nuclear power plant in Brunswick, NC, has shut operations. Residents there have been dealing with flooded streets, downed trees and widespread power outages in the wake of Mangkhut.

Hurricane Florence is bearing down on North Carolina but not as much as one weather reporter would have you believe. "We are deeply concerned about the inland flooding".

The deluge could push industrial waste sites to the limit, Governor Roy Cooper said on Friday.

"There is going to be a lot of rain".

Coastal towns in the Carolinas were largely empty, and schools and businesses closed as far south as Georgia.

The storm surge of up to 13 feet (3.9 meters) will be "life threatening" and rainfall of up to 40 inches (101.6 cm) will mean "catastrophic" flooding, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The remainder of SC and North Carolina into southwest Virginia could see 5 to 10 inches, with some isolated areas seeing 15 inches. The flash flooding could devastate communities and endanger dams, roads and bridges.

It has now been downgraded to a tropical storm but continues to wreak havoc as heavy rain is flooding several areas in the south-west and winds continue to pull infrastructure apart.

US marine recruits prepare to evacuate at Parris Island, S.C., ahead of the storm.

Still big: tropical-force winds extending out up to 175 miles from the center.

Video below shows huge waves and storm surge crashing into a structure in North Topsail Beach.

Another factor, Berardelli said, is that with rising sea levels, storm surges increase.

"Tropical storm conditions are expected to spread inland across the remainder of the warning area through Saturday", the NHC said. It's moving westward across the eastern Caribbean, where it's expected to bring up to 5 inches of rain across Puerto Rico.

Paula Thibodeau watches a storm cloud as Florence approaches Myrtle Beach, S.C., Thursday. It's moving north-northeast at 18 miles per hour. Florence has been a odd tropical cyclone since it materialized in the distant Atlantic and took an unusual path toward the mainland United States. It's forecast to turn northeastward and accelerate in that direction over the weekend. The crews tried to move the debris with a front loader, but a tree went through the windshield, causing further delays, the officials said.

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