At least 4 dead as Florence hits Carolina coast

At least 4 dead as Florence hits Carolina coast

Editor's Note: A previous version of this article reported seven deaths due to Florence.

The storm made landfall on Friday near Wilmington, a city of about 120,000 squeezed between North Carolina's Atlantic coastline and the Cape Fear River.

Tropical Storm Florence dumped "epic" amounts of rain on North and SC as it trudged inland on Saturday, knocking out power and causing at least eight deaths as flood waters that have devastated many communities kept rising.

This brings the total of Hurricane Florence-related deaths up to 4. Detectives are investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide.

An infant including atleast five people were killed in the U.S. state of state of North Carolina as hurricane Florence made landfall. The father was taken to hospital with injuries. "Houses. Trees", Holt said.

As of Friday morning, the state was housing nearly 20,000 people in 157 shelters, Gov. Cooper told Steve Inskeep of NPR's Morning Edition.

The worst natural disaster in North Carolina history was Hurricane Floyd in 1999, which dumped almost 2 feet (60 centimeters) of rain and flooded a broad swath of the coastal plain, swamping whole towns and dozens of hog farm lagoons containing millions of gallons (liters) of untreated urine and feces.

A third person, a woman, died in Hampstead, NC, in Pender County. Two septuagenarians died in Kinston in separate incidents, according to authorities.

Two men in their 70s were killed in Lenoir County.

A body was also found in a river in Manila, according to police said.

Sixteen MTEMC employees and 10 trucks left Lebanon on Thursday at 8 a.m. headed to Raleigh, North Carolina, before they head to Newport, North Carolina, where crews will assist Carteret-Craven Electric Membership Corp. with restoration efforts. Additionally, three people have died in SC.

EPA spokesman John Konkus said the agency is listening for any word of oil or hazardous substance spills from first responders, media reports and state and local emergency command posts.

Amber Dawn Lee, 61, of the town of Union, died at the scene, according to Union County Coroner William Holcombe. Around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, the electricity went out.

"The fact is this storm is deadly and we know we are days away from an ending", Cooper said. Hurricane Matthew sent more than 5 feet (1.5 meters) of water into their home in 2016, and the couple feared Florence would run them out again. "Be extremely careful and stay alert".

About 20,000 people hunkered down in 157 schools, shelters and a coliseum in Winston-Salem.

A friend later tweeted that the woman and her family had been rescued. An investigation is underway, but officials said it appears there's no reason for others at the shelter to worry.

The National Weather Service's Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service is predicting "Major Flooding", its most severe classification, from south of the Pamlico Sound in North Carolina, to as as far south as the Waccamaw River near Myrtle Beach, SC. The rainfall will cause catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding, the NHC said. At that time, Florence was a Category 1 storm but has since been downgraded to a tropical storm. It's since slowed down even more than it had been - moving west at just 2 miles per hour. Gusts reached over 100 miles per hour - the highest recorded in North Carolina since 1958. As the system continues its way through our neighbor to the south, its dropping inches of rain upon the Piedmont Triad.

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