Florence plows inland, leaving 5 dead, states flooded

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Florence flattened trees, buckled buildings and crumpled roads.

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

In Bayboro, North Carolina, one of the areas under evacuation, resident Kim Dunn stayed behind.

Storm surges - the bulge of ocean water pushed ashore by the hurricane - were as high as 10 feet. "I couldn't even imagine", he said.

More than 12,000 people were in shelters in North Carolina and 400 in Virginia, where the forecast was less dire.

Florence was moving west-southwest at about 5 miles per hour (7 km/h), with its center located over eastern SC.

They were the first known deaths attributed to Tropical Storm Florence, which was a Category 1 hurricane when it struck the city.

The mast of a sunken boat sits at a dock at the Grand View Marina in New Bern, N.C., on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

In Kinston, more than an hour's drive inland from the coast, Lenoir County spokesman Bryan Hanks said a man was electrocuted as he attempted to connect extension cords outside in the rain.

"The wind was so hard, the waters were so hard that, trying to get out, we got thrown into trailers".

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"The thing that's so similar about this, not necessarily the intensity, is it's behaving a lot like Hurricane Harvey previous year, how it's just kind of parking here, slowly moving, dumping tremendous amounts of rain and some of these areas could see 20 to even 30 inches of rain by the time it's all said and done", Rigsby explained. "It's going to be the rain".

At a briefing, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said the risk of fatality will only grow when people venture out once the winds die down. Five hundred National Guard troops had responded to calls by 11 a.m. Friday.

Governor Cooper said: "Hurricane Florence is powerful, slow and relentless".

Gibson said she thinks some people couldn't afford to evacuate New Bern and others didn't heed evacuation warnings after Florence dropped from a Category 4 to a Category 1. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay, or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches of water. Another 30 sites in North and Carolina had at least 10 inches. "Our focus now is getting people away from immediate danger".

The National Weather Service said flash flooding was expected to continue through the rest of Friday in New Bern and surrounding areas.

"We will keep you posted when we have details". "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU". Eventually, a volunteer rescue team from IN arrived with a boat and rescued them.

The White House said President Donald Trump was to visit hurricane-hit areas next week "once it is determined his travel will not disrupt any rescue or recovery efforts".

Near the flooded-out town of New Bern, where about 455 people had to be rescued from the swirling flood waters, water completely surrounded churches, businesses and homes.

Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous agreed, telling Muir, "I see a biblical proportion flood event that's going to occur".

"I'm a nurse, and I will be at work taking care of the patients like we're supposed to", she said.

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