Deadly Typhoon Mangkhut batters Philippines; Florence floods Carolinas in US
Mangkhut is the strongest amongst all typhoons this year, said a Japan Meteorological Agency forecaster
TROPICAL storm Florence caused “catastrophic” flooding in the Carolinas Saturday even as it began to weaken, leaving multiple deaths, including a woman and her baby killed when a tree fell on their house.
Officials confir med four deaths as American media reported a fifth with the storm wreaking havoc, lashing states with torrential rain and causing rivers to burst their banks.
“Gradual weakening is forecast while Florence moves farther inland during the next couple of days, and it is expected to weaken to a tropical depression by tonight,” the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Saturday morning.
In New Bern, a riverfront city near the North Carolina coast that saw storm surges up to 10 feet (3 meters), authorities were rescuing stranded residents and taking stock of damages.
“Right now we’ve rescued over 400 people. We still have about 100 that want to be rescued and we have about 1,200 in the shelters,” Mayor Dana Outlaw told CNN.
“We have 4,200 damaged homes,” he added, urging residents to not wade out into the streets because of the dangers posed by downed power lines.
The mother and her baby were killed in New Hanover County when a tree fell on their house, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told the media.
The area had not been in the zone under orders to evacuate as Florence began assaulting the US east coast with torrential rains and heavy winds.
US media said a man in Lenoir County died after heavy winds knocked him down as he tried to check on his dogs.