Hurricane Florence: North Carolina devastated by ‘CATASTROPHIC’ floods

Atlantic Beach N.C. before Hurricane Florence

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", New Bern city officials said on Twitter. "I just figured come here and be safe". "The combination of a unsafe storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline". The hurricane, which has been downgraded from a category four storm to a category two, is not expected to weaken any further before it hits the coast.

It is not yet clear whether these people have been successfully rescued. An order that many families, like Scott's, have made a decision to ignore. "Little rough but we're all out", a tweet said.

Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches with isolated amounts up to 8 to 10 inches over Dominica. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has also been deployed to set up temporary emergency power teams.

The American Red Cross is now accepting donations to help those affected by Florence. It's moving toward the coast at a speed of 12mph.

He warned residents to be prepared for mass power outages that could last for days or weeks, echoing the sentiments shared by Duke Energy on Wednesday.

More than 60 people, including many children, were evacuated from a hotel in Jacksonville, North Carolina, after strong winds caused parts of the roof to collapse.

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Wind gusts as high as 60 miles per hour were recorded in the Myrtle Beach area.

Hurricane Florence battered the Carolina coast on Friday, bringing heavy winds, drenching rain and "catastrophic" floodwaters to the region, and leaving at least three people dead. By 3 p.m., more than 15.5 inches had accumulated in Moorehead City, the National Hurricane Center reported. He says that "over the years the state government and the federal government have become very coordinated in their ability to manage the pre-deployment of assets (and) the response to the citizens of those states, and we will soon be into the recovery".

Emergency officials on Wrightsville Beach were able to assess the beginning impacts of Hurricane Florence before day turned to night Thursday.

Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

"New Bern is just not used to this level of a hurricane", with damaging gales, rains, storm surge and flash flooding, said New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw.

More than 415,000 homes and businesses were without power September 14 morning according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the nation's electrical grid.

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