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Death toll rises to 11 as Florence continues battering US East Coast
16 September 2018, 01:38 | Dale Webster
'We just don't want people to think this is over': North Carolina's governor gives a stark warning as Hurricane Florence continues ravaging the state
Florence peaked at a terrifying Category 4 with top winds of 140 mph (225 kph) over warm ocean water before making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles (kilometers) east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line.
In towns like New Bern that are already underwater, the river isn't expected to reach its highest level for a couple of days.
Emergency management officials and nonprofit groups aren't waiting for Florence's rains to end or floodwaters to recede before starting to help people recover from the storm. Though the popular North Carolina tourist destination seems to have been spared the worst of Florence's wrath, the islands still have some of the fastest rates of sea level rise in the world, almost an inch a year.
Florence was packing 120mph winds (193km/h) on Thursday but weakened from a Category 3 hurricane to Category 1 before it hit the coastline on Friday.
On Friday afternoon, it was traveling at just 3 to 5 miles per hour, still near the coast.
Authorities on Saturday warned residents displaced by a killer hurricane that its devastation was far from over, as Florence dumped "epic amounts of rainfall" across the southeastern United States, bringing catastrophic flooding and up to 13 deaths. The storm is expected to turn west and then north moving through the Carolinas and the Ohio Valley by Monday, the NHC said early on Saturday. In South Carolina, some 36,000 customers are without power. An ominous tweet appeared on the historic North Carolina community's Twitter feed about 2 a.m. Friday. Electricity remained out for much of the city, known for its historic mansions, with power lines lying across roads like wet strands of spaghetti. "We all know that".
Atlantic Beach on North Carolina's Outer Banks islands had already received 76cm of rain, the US Geological Survey said.
"The shelves are pretty empty, and we don't expect our first truck until Sunday, maybe, if they can get through", she said. Forecasters said the torrents could continue for days, touching off disastrous flooding.
In South Carolina, emergency managers were watching several northeastern rivers that flooded two years ago during Hurricane Matthew, destroying homes and government offices.
Across the Trent River from New Bern, Jerry and Jan Andrews returned home after evacuating to find carp flopping in their backyard near the porch stairs.
Firefighters arrive at a home where a large tree fell on that had three people trapped, after Hurricane Florence hit the area, on September 14, 2018 in Wilmington, North Carolina.
The Weather Channel's Mike Seidel was seemingly battling to stay upright as he filmed a piece in North Carolina - only for two pedestrians to calmly stroll past in the background. "That's why we've been preaching to people that you have to get away from the water".
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