5 feared dead, ‘ cat­a­strophic flood­ing’ as hur­ri­cane Florence rav­ages Caroli­nas

■ Storm weak­ens, but 5 feared dead in tor­ren­tial rains ■ Gov calls it ‘ one in 1,000- yr event’

The Asian Age - - Front Page -

Wilm­ing­ton, Sept. 15: Trop­i­cal storm Florence caused “cat­a­strophic” flood­ing in the Caroli­nas on Satur­day even as it be­gan to weaken, af­ter re­sult­ing in mul­ti­ple deaths, in­clud­ing a woman and her baby killed when a tree fell on their house.

Four deaths were con­firmed by of­fi­cials as Amer­i­can me­dia re­ported an­other, and the storm has wreaked havoc in the Caroli­nas, lash­ing the US states with tor­ren­tial rain and caus­ing rivers to burst their banks.

“Florence slowly weak­en­ing just in­land over east­ern South Carolina but caus­ing cat­a­strophic flood­ing over North and South Carolina,” the Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­tre ( NHC) said early on Satur­day morn­ing, af­ter down­grad­ing it from a hur­ri­cane to a trop­i­cal storm the pre­vi­ous day.

North Carolina Gover­nor Roy Cooper had said that “sev­eral more days of rain” were ex­pected, de­scrib­ing the amount of rain­fall from the hur­ri­cane as a “1,000- year event.” “Into next week our rivers are go­ing to con­tinue to rise and there will be more sig­nif­i­cant flood­ing,” Cooper said.

There had been three con­firmed deaths from the storm and sev­eral oth­ers were be­ing in­ves­ti­gated to de­ter­mine if they were storm- re­lated, he said. The mother and her baby were killed in New Hanover County when a tree fell on their house, the gover­nor said, while con­firm­ing an­other death in Lenoir County.

Au­thor­i­ties re­ported a death in Pen­der County when downed trees pre­vented emer­gency units from reach­ing a woman with a med­i­cal con­di­tion who suf­fered a heart at­tack. US me­dia later said a sec­ond man in

Lenoir County died af­ter heavy winds knocked him down as he tried to check on his dogs. “This storm

is go­ing to con­tinue its vi­o­lent grind across our state for days,” Cooper said. Over 760,000 cus­tomers in North Carolina were with­out power and 21,000 peo­ple were housed in 157 shel­ters.

— AFP

Neigh­bor­hoods are flooded af­ter the storm surge from Hur­ri­cane Florence flooded the Neuse River on Fri­day in North Carolina. Florence made land­fall as a Cat­e­gory 1 storm and flood­ing from heavy rain forced many to call for res­cue.

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