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

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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.

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