Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

NC resident dies plugging in a generator, marking 4th storm-related death

NC resident dies plugging in a generator, marking 4th storm-related death

The two other people, a mother and her baby, were killed in New Hanover County when a tree fell on a home.

A building is seen through heavy rain from Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina on September 14, 2018.

"A big worry about Hurricane Florence is that it's not acting like a normal hurricane", said Al Jazeera's Andy Gallacher, reporting from Wilmington, North Carolina.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) downgraded it to a tropical storm on Friday, but warned it would dump as much as 30 to 40 inches (76-102 cm) of rain on the southeastern coast of North Carolina and part of northeastern SC.

"The National Hurricane Center said Florence is moving very slowly to the west at only 6 miles an hour, then is expected to turn to the southwest, increasing the threat for historic storm surge and catastrophic flooding to coastline areas and inland cities in North Carolina and SC".

The third death happened in Hampstead, Pender County when a woman had a medical emergency and EMS crews could not get to her due to the storm, according to Tom Collins, Director of Emergency Management.


"More people die from storm surge than any proponent of hurricanes", Kottlowsk tells TIME.

Forecasters say the combination of a life-threatening storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. Numerous calls are from residents who are trapped in their homes, some of whom reported floodwater rising up to the second floor.

About 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million more live in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches, the National Weather Service said.

Cooper said Florence was set to cover nearly all of North Carolina in several feet of water.

Florence now huge, slow-moving tropical storm.

"There's already water (in the) bottom part of people's houses", Todd Willis, who lives in Kennel Beach, North Carolina, said Thursday night.


In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door-to-door to pull people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse.

After that, Florence is forecast to move northwest and north and move across western SC on Sunday, Sept. 15, and across western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee on Monday, Sept. 16, the NHC said. Downed trees blocked the road, making it impossible for paramedics to get to her.

We moved all the furniture up in case the water comes in but the water seems to be staying at the edge of the driveway, he said, adding that if the wind picks up and the rain keeps coming, that could change.

Prior to Hurricane Florence's landfall, more than 1.7 million were ordered to evacuate the coast.

Rain bands with tropical-storm-force winds have moved onshore over the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

The National Hurricane Center says that "catastrophic" freshwater flooding is expected over portions of the Carolinas as Hurricane Florence inches closer to the U.S. East Coast.


"I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", Ballance said. The storm has weakened to a Category 1, with wind speeds of 90 miles per hour.

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