A mother and her eight-month-old baby are among the five people who died because Hurricane Florence continues to hit North Carolina, and 18 trillion gallons of rain is expected to fall on what the state governor called an "a thousand years".
Lesha Murphy-Johnson and her baby Adam were trapped inside their house in Wilmington after a tree fell on the roof around 9:30 am Friday. The firemen tried frantically to raise the tree to be able to escape, but they could not do it.
The father of the baby, Lawrence, was rescued and taken to an ambulance, but the police declared the mother and baby dead at 2.30 p.m. M. Then the National Guard was called to remove the shattered tree. Murphy-Johnson's death was confirmed to DailyMail.com by her ex-husband, who was shown identification by authorities and asked to identify her.
On the other hand, a woman died of a heart attack in Hampstead after doctors were unable to contact her, authorities announced Friday afternoon.
In Kinston, two additional deaths were reported. A 78-year-old man was electrocuted while trying to connect a generator extension cord in the rain, and a 77-year-old man was found dead outside his home, possibly after being blown up by the wind while checking his dogs. , the officials said.
Currently, Florence is stuck in southeastern North Carolina, but is expected to move further inland through the Carolinas over the weekend before heading into the central Appalachian Mountains next week.
Beyond the 11-foot cyclonic storm surges and the sudden floods on Friday, there are more days of destruction and human suffering, warned North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. "The sun came out this morning in an extremely dangerous situation and is getting worse," he told a news conference on Friday morning, marking the storm as a "thousand-year rain event."
Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous repeated the terrible warnings and told ABC News: "I see a biblically proportioned flood event that is going to happen, I see that the beach communities are inundated with water and destruction that It will be pretty, quite epic in nature. "
It came after reports of looting in the city, with criminals taking advantage of abandoned houses, shops and homes. Dashaun Smith, 25, and Brandon Bellamy, 30, were accused of breaking into Tommy's Mini Mart in Leland, according to WWAY News. Devin Harris, 21, and Judge Harris, 18, were charged with breaking and entering in a motor vehicle, the site said.
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Lesha Murphy-Johnson and her baby Adam were trapped inside their house in Wilmington after a tree fell on the roof around 9.30 a.m. (ET). Their deaths were the first confirmed by the authorities related to Hurricane Florence.
The firemen frantically tried to raise the tree (in the image) so that the couple could escape from their home, but they could not do it. The couple died before they could be rescued while the baby's father, Lawrence, escaped
The father of the baby Adam (above) was also in the house when the tree fell. The rescue teams were able to release him and take him to the hospital in an ambulance, but the boy and the mother died.
In New Bern, a rescue team from the 120/1 battalion of the North Carolina National Guard evacuates a family as the increasing floods from Hurricane Florence threaten their home on Friday
National Guard Sgt. Matt Locke (left) and sergeant. Nick Muhar (right) evacuates a flood family in New Bern
Rescue Team Member Nick Muhar, of the 120/1 Battalion of the North Carolina National Guard, evacuates a child as flooding floods from Hurricane Florence threaten his home in New Bern
Rescuers from the North Carolina National Guard 1/120th battalion evacuate an elderly woman from her New Bern apartment
Greg Morter, a resident of Wilmington, stops by inspecting the damage after a large oak fell on his house and that of a neighbor.
Tahrike Shaw sings, prays and dances while walking on the sidewalk as Hurricane Florence lands in Wilmington
People sit in a bar that has no power and drink during a "Hurricane Feast" when Hurricane Florence arrives in Wilmington
At a press conference on Friday afternoon, the head of the Wilmington Fire Department, Steve Mason, said: "The complexity of the rescue was technical, since there were numerous branches (of trees), due to the size of the tree cut, You can not cut it quickly with a chainsaw.
"The victims were not only trapped under the tree, but in parts of the roof, it took a tremendous amount of heavy lifting, air bags and saws to get these people out, it was very difficult and it required specialized equipment."
Water levels in a government tide gauge of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today reached 3.6 feet above the typical high tide, breaking a record set by Hurricane Matthew in 2016
The new sheriff of Hanover County, Edward J. McMahon, was interested in emphasizing how dangerous the area had become: "It is absolutely dangerous, you can not see some power lines, I have witnessed people driving on the lines.
& # 39; Please, it's very dangerous out there. We had an assistant suffering a head injury and had to take him to the hospital.
& # 39; If it's gone, we will do everything we can to keep all its properties safe and free from looters. If you have stayed, then stay still. We are working very hard to keep everyone safe. "
The new Hanover County Manager, Chris Coudriet, added: "The wall of the eye has moved through the area, it continues to rain, the storm surge and the floods continue to be a problem in our community.
This satellite map, captured on Friday at 8 a. M. (Eastern Time), shows Florencia touching land on the east coast. The outline of the coast has been drawn on the image to show the location of the storm
Rescue workers from City Fire Department No. 7 in James City, North Carolina and Civil Crisis Response Team volunteers use a boat to rescue a woman and her dog from her house flooded during Hurricane Florence on Friday
Members of FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 4 from Oakland, California, and soldiers from Battalion 105 of the Asheville North Carolina National Guard Military Police search homes for evacuees on Friday
& # 39; The worst of the storm has not yet happened. We are still concerned about the storm surge along our seafront and in some of our inland estuaries, as the back of this storm continues to cause swells. We expect there to be 20 inches or less of rain in New Hanover County. "
Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, at 7.15am. At least 26,000 people sought refuge in shelters in the state and it was reported that 625,000 homes and businesses had no electricity.
There were three inches of rain falling every hour shortly after the storm hit land and 80 mph winds causing an 11-foot swell.
For seven days, 18 trillion gallons of rain are expected in the Carolinas and Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland. The wind speed has decreased slightly from 90 mph when it touched down at 75 mph from 4 p. M. ET.
President Donald Trump is preparing to travel to areas affected by Hurricane Florence early next week, according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.
Advisers say that Trump has been monitoring the massive storm since the White House, and has taken to Twitter to encourage those on his way to listen to his local authorities about the best way to stay safe.
An image of before and after a scene in New Bern on Thursday shows the violent impacts of the storm, which flooded the area with flood waters
An image of before and after a scene in New Bern. The rescue teams were also working to free about 150 people trapped in homes in New Bern
Rescue workers pray in the quiet residential street in Wilmington, North Carolina, where the mother and baby died on Friday
The deaths of Lesha Murphy-Johnson and her baby Adam were two of the first confirmed deaths during Hurricane Florence. In the photo: firefighters and paramedics pray after the rescue attempt
The house where the mother and the son were killed has now been sealed with police tape. In the image: a body is removed from the property on Friday afternoon
The firefighters could not get the tree out of the house in Wilmington on Friday and had to call the National Guard (pictured)
In the same city, these four men were arrested and charged on suspicion of looting. Dashaun Smith, 25, and Brandon Bellamy, 30, (above) were accused of entering Tommy's Mini Mart in Leland. Devin Harris, 21, and Justice Harris, 18, (below) were charged with entering and exiting a motor vehicle
More than 60 people, including children, had to be removed from a motel in Jacksonville at the height of the storm, and many more who defied evacuation orders expected to be rescued.
The hurricane hit a hole the size of a basketball on the wall of the Triangle Motor Inn, causing concrete blocks to collapse and the roof to fall, while residents were still in their rooms. The firefighters had to break through and evacuate the guests to a shelter. No one was hurt.
Rescue teams were also working to free between 150 and 200 people trapped in homes in New Bern as city spokeswoman Colleen Roberts warned that the storm surge will increase further as Florence passes through the area.
Between 150 and 200 people have already been rescued after the nearby Neuse River rose 10 feet high since its banks erupted on Thursday.
The city warned that people may need to move on to the second story, but told them to stay still because we're going to look for it. Some 9,700 soldiers and civilians from the National Guard have been deployed, with high-speed vehicles, helicopters and ships.
Only in the besieged city of New Bern in North Carolina, mid-morning rescuers picked up more than 200 people from the rising waters, but about 150 more had to wait when the conditions worsened and a storm surge reached 10. feet, authorities said.
By noon on Friday, airlines had canceled more than 2,100 flights from the US. UU From the focus of the storm from Wednesday to Sunday, according to the FlightAware tracking service.
The two largest airports in the region, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, had more than 200 cancellations on Friday. That's about half the flights in Raleigh and one in eight in Charlotte.
Volunteers from the Civil Crisis Response Team help rescue three children from their flooded home in James City on Friday
The volunteers took the children from James City to a safe place on Friday along a flooded road. Hundreds of people have had to request emergency rescues in the area, authorities said
Rescue workers return the dog to its owner after both were rescued from their flooded property in James City on Friday
Rescue workers from the Fire Department of Municipality No. 7 and volunteers from the Civil Crisis Response Team use a boat to rescue a woman and her dog from her house flooded in James City on Friday
Firefighters use a boat to rescue three people from their flooded home during Hurricane Florence in New Bern on Friday
Members of the Fire Department of Municipality No. 7 and civilian volunteers had a very busy night on Thursday after the hurricane hit the area.
The residents of this North Carolina city woke up Friday morning to find a tree that had fallen on the roof of a house. The storm is expected to cause damage worth $ 170 billion, according to a prediction
Residents look at fallen trees when Hurricane Florence passes over Wilmington, North Carolina, on Friday. Authorities warn that the hurricane could get worse over the weekend
The awning of a BP service station in Top Sall, North Carolina, takes off when Hurricane Florence makes landfall Thursday night
Even before Florence reached land, the National Hurricane Center in Miami reported waves of storms and hurricane-force winds that threatened life along the Carolinas coast and left coastal streets flooded with ocean water.
Like an out-of-control freight train, Florence entered Wilmington, a port city of 120,000 people off the coast of North Carolina, and began hitting the city.
The city was plunged into darkness after losing its power grid shortly after 5 am during some of the fiercest wind gusts.
The damage begins to appear as large strips of the roof of the Hotel Ballast, a basic element of tourism in the center of the city, are detached one by one and are dragged to the sky.
The Cape Fear River, which normally stretches from east to west through the historic district of the city, has been transformed into rapids.
As the day rose in Wilmington, residents discovered great damage. There are thousands of trees in the historic district of the city. Most of the streets are impassable, as large uprooted oaks are on the other side of the road.
At this point, the whole city has no electricity since the power lines have been cut by the falling trees and the torn gutters of the houses that litter the streets.
Images from television stations and social networks showed stormy waters hitting docks and jetties and rushing along coastal roads in coastal communities, including Topsail Beach, north of Wilmington, where storm waters damaged homes on the beach
Meteorologists say the combination of a life-threatening, tidal storm surge will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by the rising waters moving inland from the coast. The hurricane could cause $ 170 billion in property damage, according to a prediction.
Flooding floods surround a house when Hurricane Florence arrives in Swansboro on Friday. Most of the houses had already been evacuated and boarded up
People drive an ATV through the floods on the riverwalk in Wilmington on Friday. Cleaning after Florence will last for months and cost billions of dollars
A wave passes next to a house flooded in Swansboro, where the land began to look like the sea after the hurricane passed on Friday.
A tractor moves along a flooded highway on the coast of North Carolina, which was hit for the first time by the storm around 7:30 am on Friday.
Trees bend in strong winds as they are engulfed by the waters that emerge after Hurricane Florence hit Swansboro in North Carolina on Friday
People were urged to avoid going out in their vehicles in Swansboro, North Carolina (pictured on Friday) for fear they might be swept away
A resident in New Bern, North Carolina, filmed the interior of his flooded house showing the ocean water licking at his feet when Hurricane Florence made landfall on Friday
Mitchell Floor, left, holds a flashlight while Comfort Suites general manager Beth Bratz, in the center, and employee Dee Branch go to make coffee while Hurricane Florence breaks out in Wilmington on Friday. It was reported that 620,000 homes and businesses had no electricity as the outer fringe of the storm approached
Meteorologists say that "catastrophic" freshwater floods are expected in parts of the Carolinas.
But that, combined with the slow forward movement of the storm and heavy rains, prompted the governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, to warn of an impending disaster.
"The worst of the storm has not yet arrived, but these are early warnings of the days to come," he said. "Surviving this storm will be a test of endurance, teamwork, common sense and patience."
Meteorologists said conditions will deteriorate as the storm moves toward the coast early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and slowly moves inland.
Its swell could cover all but one strip of the Carolina coast up to 11 feet of ocean water, and days of downpours could discharge more than 3 feet of rain, causing severe flooding.
Once a category 4 hurricane with winds of 140 mph (225 kph), the hurricane was demoted to a category 1 on Thursday night.
This graph shows the wind speeds in mph at 9 a.m. (ET), from the eye of Hurricane Florence, near the coast of North Carolina, inland.
A map of the National Hurricane Center shows the likely path of Hurricane Florence from Friday to Wednesday of next week
Las olas azotadas por el viento azotan la costa en Wilmington, Carolina del Norte, el viernes. Casi todos los residentes habían sido evacuados después de las advertencias de los funcionarios
La visibilidad es mala alrededor del ojo de la tormenta, ya que el viento arrastra agua y otros desechos, como se ve en esta imagen de Swansboro el viernes.
Los árboles se balancean en el viento cuando el huracán Florence se mueve a través de Wilmington el viernes, según lo capturado en un video tomado por el periodista local Raphael Grand.
Las fotos muestran a la Guardia Nacional de Carolina del Sur preparándose para la tormenta. Una vez que un huracán de categoría 4 con vientos de 140 mph (225 kph), el huracán fue degradado a una categoría 1 el jueves por la noche
Los meteorólogos dicen que se esperan inundaciones de agua dulce "catastróficas" en partes de las Carolinas. Los equipos de socorro en desastres se ven arriba
Michael Nelson utiliza un bote hecho de una bañera de metal y flotadores de pesca después de que el río Neuse se desbordara el jueves
Los rescatistas se dirigen a las aguas de la inundación en New Bern, Carolina del Norte, el jueves por la noche, cuando el área comienza a sentir la furia de la tormenta.
Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital en Jacksonville tiene un pasillo completo dedicado a los animales del personal que trabaja durante el huracán Florence. Está representado el viernes
Los flamencos son evacuados como parte de los preparativos de Storm Florence en Riverbanks Zoo and Garden en South Carolina
Los delfines fueron vistos nadando cerca de la costa en Wilmington, Carolina del Norte, durante la tormenta del viernes
Cooper solicitó asistencia federal por desastre adicional en anticipación de lo que su oficina llamó "daños mayores históricos" en todo el estado.
Authorities said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it is unclear how many did.
Houses of approximately 10 million were under surveillance or warning due to hurricane conditions or tropical storms.
The coastal cities in the Carolinas were largely empty, and schools and businesses closed as far south as Georgia.
The main affected counties were Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Onslow, Pamlico and Pender. Authorities fear that energy losses may affect up to three million people.
In South Carolina, more than 400,000 people have evacuated the coast of the state and more than 4,000 people have taken refuge in shelters, officials said.
Another 400 people were in shelters in Virginia, where the predictions were less severe.
Cooper advirtió anteriormente: 'No te relajes, no te vuelvas complaciente. Stay on guard. This is a powerful storm that can kill. Today the threat becomes reality. "
A wind-damaged roof of the house in the town of Wilson on Friday morning after the hurricane passed over the previous night
A damaged awning at a restaurant in Myrtle Beach on Friday morning after heavy winds ravished the town during Hurricane Florence
Roads and verges in New Bern were strewn with damage trees on Friday morning after they were ripped from the ground by high winds
Several parts of North Carolina lost power after trees fell on power lines. Pictured is damaged vegetation in New Bern on Friday
This tree in Wilmington was left splayed across a road on Friday morning, blocking traffic, after Hurricane Florence ravaged the area the previous night
Wilmington residents had to walk around the uprooted tree on Friday as they waited for workers to come and cut it up
Part of the roof of Tidewater Brewing Co. lies on the ground in Wilmington on Friday morning. Owner Ethan Hall arrived later with team to inspect the damage
Flood waters rage inside the living room of a house in Belhaven, North Carolina, in a photo obtained from social media on Friday
Children sit and play games in a hotel lobby in Wilmington that has lost its power on Friday after damage to infrastructure caused by high winds
Donald Trump speaks during a hurricane meeting on Friday with the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the Oval Office. He will visit the affected regions next week
Prisoners were affected, too. North Carolina corrections officials said more than 3,000 people were relocated from adult prisons and juvenile centers in the path of Florence, and more than 300 county prisoners were transferred to state facilities.
At Frying Pan Tower, a 32-mile observation post off the coast of North Carolina, a live video broadcast showed the sustained winds of the 100 mph storm tearing a US flag into pieces.
The police suspended their services in Morehead City and other coastal cities and warned residents who remain in the evacuation zone that they will not have emergency services until the storm passes.
It was expected that the storm surge would come inland along the flat coastal plain of North Carolina.
& # 39; The storm surge is not just a problem of & # 39; ocean? tonight. A significant increase in North Carolina inlets and rivers is expected, in some areas exceeding 9 feet! the National Meteorological Service said in a tweet.
At Frying Pan Tower, an observation post 32 miles off of the coast of North Carolina, a live video feed showed the Category 2 storm's 100mph sustained winds ripping an American flag to shreds on Thursday
Portions of a boat dock and boardwalk were destroyed by powerful wind and waves in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, on Thursday
Waves slam the Oceana Pier & Pier House Restaurant in Atlantic Beach as Hurricane Florence approaches the area on Thursday
Huge waves lashed the beaches of North Carolina on Thursday as the hurricane rolling in bringing heavy rain and dangerous winds
Early storm surges in New Bern caused the Neuse River to flood its banks on Thursday, nearly sixteen hours before Florence arrived
A work truck drives on Hwy 24 as the wind from Hurricane Florence blows palm trees in Swansboro on Thursday
A pick-up truck pulls a trailer along a rainy road in Washington, North Carolina, nearly 16 hours before the hurricane struck the area
A truck drives through deep water after the Neuse River flooded the street in River Bend on Thursday. Officials in some areas urged people not to go out in their car as they could be swept away
A sign warns people away from Union Point Park after it was flooded by the Neuse River in New Bern, North Carolina
The Hotel Ballast on the Cape Fear River was starting to show signs of structural damage (see ceiling) during the hurricane on Friday
In Wilmington, before it took a direct hit from Florence, wind gusts were stirring up frothy white caps into the Cape Fear River.
"We're a little worried about the storm surge, so we went down to see what the river is doing now," said Linda Smith, 67, a retired nonprofit director. & # 39; I'm afraid of what's coming. We just want prayers from everyone. "
Near the beach in Wilmington, a Waffle House restaurant, part of a chain with a reputation for staying open during disasters, had no plans to close, even if electricity was lost. I had long lines on Thursday.
In the small community of Sea Breeze, near Wilmington, Roslyn Fleming, 56, made a video of the entrance where her granddaughter was baptized because "I do not think much of this will be here" later.
Will Epperson, a 36-year-old assistant superintendent of golf courses, said he and his wife had planned to overcome the storm at their home in Hampstead, North Carolina, but reconsidered their ferocity. Instead, they drove 150 miles inland to their mother's house in Durham.
"The level of anxiety has decreased substantially," said Epperson. "I've never been someone to leave because of a storm, but this kind of guy scared me."
In a brief bulletin at 11 pm Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said Florence was 50 miles south of Morehead City, North Carolina, and 60 miles southeast of Wilmington.
A child sits on a mattress at a Hurricane Florence evacuation shelter on Thursday at Conway High School in Conway, South Carolina
Avair Vereen (left, with her fiance and one of her seven children) and her family took shelter at an evacuation shelter at Conway High School on Thursday. 'We live in a mobile home so we were just like 'No way.' If we lose the house, oh well, we can get housing. But we can't replace us so we decided to come here'
An American Red Cross aid worker walks through the cafeteria at Conway High School which is being used as a Hurricane Florence evacuation shelter on Thursday
Shianne Coleman (left) and Austin Gremmel walk in flooded streets as the Neuse River begins to flood its banks in New Bern, North Carolina, on Thursday
Linda Stephens checks out the weather as the force of Hurricane Florence is beginning to be felt on Friday in Myrtle Beach
Joyce Lilly, Marshall McNeil and Holly Tindall sit on the porch of their home in Myrtle Beach on Friday as they watch high winds caused by Hurricane Florence
The storm had maximum sustained winds of 90 mph and was moving northwest at six miles per hour.
A buoy off the coast of North Carolina recorded waves almost 30 feet high when Florence was waving towards the coast.
As the storm has slowed as it approaches, it is expected that the official fall, when the eye of the storm reaches the coast, occurs sometime on Friday night.
Winds and rain came later in South Carolina, and some people were still walking on the sand in Myrtle Beach while North Carolina was hit on Thursday. Heavy rains began after dark.
By Thursday night, the window to evacuate much of the North Carolina coast had been closed, and authorities said that anyone who had not moved inland would have to take refuge in their place.
Meteorologists said that given the size of the storm and its slowness, it could cause epic damage similar to that seen in the Houston area during Hurricane Harvey just over a year ago, with flooding flooding homes and businesses and washing in waste sites. industrial and manure ponds.
The men pack their belongings after evacuating their home in New Bern, North Carolina, after the Neuse River overflowed and flooded their street during Hurricane Florence on Thursday.
Residents rush to escape as the water rises in New Bern on Thursday after storm surges pushed the Neuse River over its bank
Residents walk through the deep waters of the flood to recover their belongings from Trent Court's public apartments after the Neuse River passed through their banks on Thursday in New Bern
Russ Lewis looks for shells at Myrtle Beach, where conditions were fairly calm before the approach of Florence on Friday morning
Water from Neuse River starts flooding houses on Thursday as the Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina
When Florence approached, President Donald Trump tweeted that FEMA and the first responders are "ready and ready", and disputed the official conclusion that almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico, claiming that the figure was a Democratic plot to make it look bad.
"This was done by the Democrats to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising billions of dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico," Trump wrote.
& # 39; If a person died for any reason, such as old age, simply add it to the list. Bad policy I love Puerto Rico!
Schools and businesses closed south to Georgia, airlines canceled more than 1,500 flights and the coastal cities of the Carolinas were virtually empty.
Around noon, the Spanish moss blew sideways in the trees as the winds increased in Wilmington, and the floating docks bounced over the swells in Morehead City. Some of the few people left at Nags Head in the Outer Banks took pictures of furious waves crowned with white foam.
The resident of Wilmington, Julie Terrell, was very worried after walking to breakfast past a row of fortified shops with boards, sandbags and hurricane shutters.
"It really is about the full size of this storm," said National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham. "The bigger and slower the storm is, the greater the threat and the impact, and we have that."
The hurricane was seen as an important test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which was harshly criticized for being slow and unprepared for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year.
Residents in Wilmington wait for a table at Waffle House. Although boarded up, the restaurant remained open on Thursday
Diners are seen in the Wilmington Waffle House on Thursday. The restaurant chain is famous for staying open through severe storms
FEMA even uses a & # 39; Waffle House Index & # 39; to determine how severe a storm is, depending on whether the chain closes locations or limits its menu. Waffle House pre-stages supplies and relies on generators to stay open during storms
Evacuates from Hurricane Florence try to sleep at a Red Cross shelter in Grantsboro, North Carolina, on Thursday
People are seen inside a shelter run by Red Cross on Thursday before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Grantsboro, North Carolina
HURRICANE FLORENCE IN NUMBERS
The outer bands of wind and rain from a weakened but still deadly hurricane Florence began to lash out at North Carolina on Thursday.
As the monstrous storm progresses for a prolonged stay, here is a breakdown by numbers:
- Florence clocked 90 mph winds on Thursday after being demoted to Category 1
- The storm was already generating 83 feet waves in the sea on wednesday
- Storm Threats That Threaten Life Up 13 feet they were also predicted in some areas
- It is predicted that Florence will accumulate 40 inches of rain in some areas after touching land in North and South Carolina
- Potentially 10 billion gallons of rain is expected in the southern states in the next week
- An estimate 10 million people live in areas that are expected to be under a hurricane or storm warning
- Hasta 1.7 million people they were ordered to evacuate before the hurricane
"On a scale of 1 to 10, you probably have 7 & # 39; & # 39; & # 39; & # 39; in terms of concern, said. & # 39; Because it's mother nature. You can not predict. & # 39;
Europe's weather model of meteorologists predicts that between 2 billion and 11 billion gallons of rain will fall in North Carolina over the next week, according to meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com. It is enough water to fill the Empire State Building almost 40,000 times.
More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate in recent days, and homes of around 10 million were under surveillance or warning due to hurricane conditions or tropical storms.
Among those to shrug off evacuation orders in South Carolina was legendary singer Jimmy Buffet, who lideró una veintena de adictos a la adrenalina esperando a que llegara la tormenta mientras se dirigía a Folly Beach para surfear las olas.
Posing with a surfboard and thumbs up, the 71-year-old musician quoted his own lyrics: "I'm not afraid to die, I do not need to explain, I like to surf in a hurricane."
'On a serious note – respect mother nature, please be safe and listen to your local authorities,' he added in a Instagram post from Wednesday.
Homeless after losing her job at Walmart three months ago, Brittany Jones, 25, went to a storm shelter at a high school near Raleigh. She said that a hurricane has a way of bringing everyone to the same level.
"It does not matter how much money you have or how many generators you have if you can not get gas," he said. "Whether you have a house or not, when the storm arrives, it will gather everyone, a storm can come and clean your house during the night.
Duke Energy Co. said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its four million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks. Los trabajadores están siendo traídos desde el medio oeste y Florida para ayudar en las consecuencias de la tormenta, dijo.
As Hurricane Florence rushed toward East Coast musician Jimmy Buffett and other surfers headed for the water, the musician thumbed his surfboard up on Folly Beach in South Carolina on Wednesday.
Scientists said it is too early to say what role, if anything, global warming in the storm. But previous research has shown that stronger hurricanes become wetter, more intense and intensify more rapidly due to human-caused climate change.
The weakening of Florence as it approached the coast created tension between some who left their homes and authorities who feared that the storm could still be deadly.
Frustrated after evacuating her house on the beach in a storm that was later degraded, retired nurse Frederick Fisher grumbled in the lobby of a Wilmington hotel several miles inland.
"Against my better judgment, because of the emotionality, I evacuated," said Fisher, 74. "I have four cats inside the house." If I can not return in a week, after a while they can turn on each other or destroy the place. "
What Hurricane Florence storm surges could look like
A video simulation climate shows how the storm surge of Hurricane Florence, which threatens life, could be seen if it reaches nine feet in height.
Life-threatening storm surges of up to 13 feet have been forecast in some areas in North and South Carolina.
The Weather Channel forecast video shows the potential damage that such waves could inflict on the southern states.
Dr. Greg Postel, a network hurricane specialist, said one meter of water was enough to knock people down, possibly to carry cars and flood the lower levels of the buildings.
Six feet of storm tide could carry large objects like cars underwater and leave lower-level structures submerged in water, according to Dr. Postel.
The video also gives an alarming indication of how nine feet of water are, submerging completely the lower buildings.