Hurricane Florence: North Carolina governor warns 'stay off the roads'

Hughes said the vehicle's roof is what struck the tree.

Florence is still moving very slowly inland. "To me, that's more risky".

It came ashore Friday morning as a Category 1 hurricane.

But even when the rain lets up, don't be fooled. He said he has hurricane preparation down to a science at this point.

"We do not want evacuees to go back".

Mr. Yando said it can be challenging with television news overdramatizing the hurricane.

SC authorities said law enforcement officers were guarding against looting in evacuated areas.

"There are no roads. that are leading into Wilmington that are passable because of the flooding that is taking place now inland", Saffo said.

In Wilmington, the situation is higher risk.

One potential road out was blocked as flooding forced the shutdown of a 16-mile stretch of Interstate 95, the main route along the Eastern Seaboard.

The Met Office said: "Storm Helene is expected to push North-east towards the United Kingdom late Monday, before clearing quickly to the north of Scotland through Tuesday morning". The father was pulled from the home and transported to a local hospital with injuries, police said. Their home still has power, he said, so for now it'll do.

Even with the recent gains, the five-year trend is negative.

A heavy-duty response already is slogging through heavy rains and floodwaters to help people trapped or displaced by Florence's watery onslaught.

Cumberland County, North Carolina, ordered a mandatory evacuation of homes along the Cape Fear River Saturday over flooding concerns.

Hurricane Florence Dumps 'Epic Amounts of Rainfall' On US States

Washington, Sep. 16 (IANS): The death toll from tropical storm Florence that made landfall in the U.S. east coast, has increased to 13, with authorities warning of continued rains and flooding. It was moving west at 14 miles per hour, whipping 35 miles per hour winds. As of Saturday, about 676,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in SC. Officials said there had been at least seven storm-related fatalities in the state.

Southern and central North Carolina into far northeast SC could see an additional 10 to 15 inches of rainfall, with "storm totals between 30 and 40 inches along the North Carolina coastal areas south of Cape Hatteras". About 31 inches (79 centimeters) was reported in Swansboro, on the North Carolina coast. While the amount is unofficial, it would shatter the old record of 24 inches - set near Wilmington during Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

Hurricane Florence is expected to travel through the east coast and may bring major river flooding in North and SC during the upcoming week, according to the National Weather Service.

North Carolina is the United States' second-largest hog producer, making about 15 percent of USA pork.

Rescue crews negotiated downed trees and power lines to reach stranded residents, Mayor Bill Saffo told WHQR radio. As of 8:30 p.m. that number had shrunk to less than 700,000.

Taylor said the storm already dumped 30 inches of rain on some parts of the N.C.

Hundreds of people sloshed through floodwaters and parked at awkward angles when word got out that a Harris-Teeter grocery had opened at midday. Another person was arrested for allegedly looting an Exxon gas station and convenience store. Roughly 50 other people arrived on foot in a driving rainstorm, toting red 5-gallon gasoline containers.

More than 1 million power failures have been reported, according to the Department of Energy. And nearly 60,000 utility customers were without power across the northern part of the state. An elevated risk of landslides is now expected in western North Carolina.

However, officials fear the worst from Florence is yet to come.

More than 400 people had to be rescued from their homes or vehicles and 20,000 took refuge in shelters.

Officials urged those who had evacuated to stay away.

Florence also now stands as the sixth-highest tropical cyclone rainfall total across the USA for records dating back to 1950. "We didn't know where to go", she said.

Betty Walters says she has health issues that are hard to manage at a shelter.

Colleen Roberts, city public information officer for the area, told BBC World News more than 4,000 homes had been "destroyed or completely damaged" there, based on calls they had received for emergency services.

  • Carolyn Briggs