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Florence weakens into depression, heads north

Florence weakens into depression, heads north

The National Hurricane Center said Florence will eventually make a right hook to the northeast over the southern Appalachians, moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England as a tropical depression by the middle of next week.

At least five people have died since the storm crashed into the coast and almost stalled.

Many residents who stayed in their homes to ride out the storm now face evacuation orders because of rising flood waters, days after Florence made landfall Friday with 90 miles per hour (145 kph) winds.

More than 60 people had to be pulled from a collapsing motel and hundreds more were rescued elsewhere from rising water.

"We have completed all of our water rescues & want to sincerely thank all of the volunteers who helped us save lives".

Hurricane Florence is "wreaking havoc" along the USA coast and could wipe out entire communities, North Carolina's governor has warned.

In total, more than 450,000 Duke Energy customers across North and SC had lost power Sunday morning, the Charlotte-based utility said.

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

Antonio Ramirez, a construction worker from El Salvador living in Leland, North Carolina, said he planned to ride out the worst of the weather with his dog Canelo.

Shaken after seeing waves crashing on the Neuse River just outside his house in New Bern, restaurant owner and hurricane veteran Tom Ballance wished he had evacuated.

Still, he said: "I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth".

Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7.15am 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. It came ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

When Florence hit as a Category 1 hurricane early Friday, the community's rivers swelled, tides crested and the rain wouldn't stop. "Feels great. The water's really cool".

"Hurricane Florence is powerful, slow and relentless", he said.

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The worst natural disaster in North Carolina history was Hurricane Floyd in 1999, which dumped almost 2 feet of rain and flooded a broad swath of the coastal plain, swamping whole towns and dozens of hog farm lagoons containing millions of gallons of untreated urine and feces. Other communities got well over a foot. Twenty inches (50 cm) were reported by early Friday afternoon in the town of Oriental.

Preparing for the worst, about 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians were deployed with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats.

Authorities warned, too, of the threat of mudslides and the risk of environmental havoc from floodwaters washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.

The death toll from the hurricane-turned-tropical storm has now climbed to 11.

National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear said in a video briefing North Carolina would see the equivalent of up to eight months of rain in a two- to three-day period.

Florence is expected to dump about 18 trillion gallons of rain over a week along its entire path, enough water to fill more than 65,000 Empire State Buildings, Mr Maue calculated.

Pieces of torn-apart buildings flew through the air.

Metal signs and roof coverings littered the biggest commercial byway, Market Street, and trees blocked many roads. The wind in Wilmington gusted to 105 miles per hour, the strongest since Hurricane Helene on September 27, 1958, the Weather Service said. Almost 2 million Americans live within a mile of the most at-risk sites.

North Carolina Emergency Management advised residents Friday morning that "If your power goes out, do NOT operate gas powered generators or charcoal grills in or near your home". "We'll get through this".

Griffin said she was jolted awake when the power went off at the hotel as some of the storm's strongest bands lashed Wilmington with wind and rain.

"We've got nearly 20,000 people in 157 shelters", Cooper said.

Thousands of the 20,000 people staying in more than 150 shelters this weekend and others waiting it out elsewhere won't be able to return to their homes for good any time soon.

But, unlike Baker, some of the people who evacuated to a shelter hadn't chosen to come.


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