17 September, 2018
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster is giving another update on his state's response to Hurricane Florence. "Two people in Wilmington were killed when a tree fell on their home", Cooper said. A gust of 170kph was recorded at Wilmington airport, surpassing the power of Hurricane Fran two decades ago.
A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from Wilmington police. All three people were in separate vehicles and died on Saturday, the Sheriff's Office said.
High winds and storm surge from Hurricane Florence hits Swansboro in North Carolina on September 14, 2018. As of 8 a.m. on Saturday the system was located about 35 miles west of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and was about 45 miles south-southeast of Florence, S.C.
Downtown Wilmington's tree lined-roads were heavily impacted, with New Hanover County Emergency Management reporting closures on Ann Street, Grace Street, Chestnut Street and most of Market Street.
Hurricane Florence, weakened but still risky, has crashed into the Carolinas on Friday as a giant, slow-moving storm that stranded residents with floodwaters and swamped part of the town of New Bern at the beginning of what could be a days-long deluge.
She estimated 441,000 people have already evacuated because of the storm.
Craven County public information officer Amber Parker says the storm surge has caused flooding in some downtown New Bern businesses, and Union Park is underwater.
More than 1.7 million people in Virginia, North and SC were told to evacuate ahead of Florence's arrival.
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North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia were expected to be hit with the brunt of the Category 3 storm. At the Wilmington airport, the wind was measured at 105 miles per hour - the highest since 1958, Cooper said.
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Federal and local officials have warned for days for residents in the storm's path in the Carolinas to make preparations for the hurricane and heed evacuation orders. "I see the beach communities being inundated with water and destruction that will be pretty, pretty epic in nature".
She, her husband and three children went up into the attic for a while, but the winds howled and the family descended to an upper floor bedroom.
"Hurricane Florence is powerful, slow and relentless", he said.
According to a report from the J.P. Morgan Chase Institute, extreme weather events like the one now battering the Carolinas and Virginia can have far-reaching effects on consumers' wallets, impacting their spending for months after the storm has cleared.
Florence was one of two major storms on Friday.
"I about jumped out of my skin", he said in a phone interview Friday morning.
Surges of 10 feet had been reported early Friday Morehead City and elsewhere in North Carolina, the National Weather Service said.
As it moves near OH and West Virginia, it will become a remnant low.