Confirmed Dead Due to Hurricane Florence

Waves slam the Oceana Pier and Pier House Restaurant in Atlantic Beach North Carolina as Hurricane Florence approached the area

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Shell asked anyone in need to contact her at 615-663-8013 to discuss what she may be able to do to help.

Hurricane Florence barrelled into the Carolina coast and moved inland on Friday, knocking down trees, overflowing rivers, dumping sheets of rain and leading to the death of five people before it was downgraded to a tropical storm still capable of wreaking havoc. At least four people were killed.

The father was also in the house and had to be taken to a local hospital for treatment after the incident.

In Pender County, the third victim suffered a heart attack and died inside her Hampstead home.

Storm surges, punishing winds and rain are turning some towns into rushing rivers - and the Category 1 hurricane is expected to crawl over parts of the Carolinas into the weekend, pounding some of the same areas over and over.

The storm hit land as a Category 1 storm with a wind roam of 100 forty 5 km/h Friday morning.

The enormous storm crept at a 6 miles per hour pace, making it clear that the trouble was just beginning. The National Weather Center upgraded Subtropical Storm Joyce to Tropical Storm Joyce in its 11 p.m. Thursday update.

A woman named Bree tweeted: "If anybody could help. our cars is under water and so is our house stuck in attic".

She retreated and was eventually rescued by a boat crew.

Ash pits and other embankments have ruptured under heavy rain in the past, and Duke Energy has agreed to secure the sites in North Carolina's lowland areas - but that work is ongoing.

Florence causing flooding but storm weakening, set for downgrade on Saturday - NHC
His remarks fell flat in Puerto Rico where islanders are continuing to struggle to recover a year after the Category 4 storm. Hurricane warnings are in effect for the South Santee River in SC to Duck, North Carolina, and Albemarle and Pamlico sounds.

The greatest storm surge inundation is expected between Cape Fear and Cape Hatteras, including the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers and western Pamlico Sound, the National Hurricane Center said.

The parts of the country still in the storm's path have been saturated by summer rains and can not soak up any surplus from Florence. Storm Helene and tropical storm Isaac are churning at some stage within the Atlantic Ocean, whereas Storm Mangkhut threatens 5 million people within the Philippines and China.

Power outages increased throughout Friday. Nationwide, airlines canceled more than 2,400 flights through Sunday.

Almost 15,300 people have already evacuated the northeastern corner of the island, the Phillipine Office of Civil Defence said.

"(It's) a risky situation here", Cooper said. He urged residents to stay inside and not get in the way of emergency workers.

Lisa Evers and her daughter, Amanda Hamilton, decorate their storm shutters before leaving their home ahead of Hurricane Florence in Oak Island, N.C.

"It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave". In Belhaven, the rising Pungo River almost swallowed the first floor of a house.

Calling the deadly storm a "thousand-year rain event", Gov Cooper continued: "The sun rose this morning on an extremely unsafe situation and it's getting worse". "For overall damage, it would be hard, at the end of the day, I think, to find a rival for this storm".

Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com said Florence could dump a staggering 18 trillion gallons (68 trillion liters) of rain over a week on North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland. SC recorded its first death from the storm, with officials saying a 61-year-old woman was killed when her vehicle hit a tree that had fallen across a highway.

Blowing ashore with howling 90 miles per hour winds, Hurricane Florence splintered buildings, trapped hundreds of people and swamped entire communities along the Carolina coast Friday in what could be just the opening act in a watery, two-part, slow-motion disaster.

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