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Florence's 'violent grind' leaves at least four dead in Carolinas

Florence's 'violent grind' leaves at least four dead in Carolinas

During the week of landfall (which in Florence's case began early Friday morning on the North Carolina coast), inflows to the accounts dropped by over 20 percent, or approximately $400 on average.

A mother and infant in North Carolina are dead after a tree fell on their home - the first two fatalities of Hurricane Florence. The father was taken to hospital with unspecified injuries.

In Pender County, North Carolina, a woman suffered a heart attack and died because hurricane debris blocking roads prevented paramedics from reaching her.

"It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave", said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.

Hurricane Florence made landfall as a Category 1 storm at 7:15am (1115 GMT Friday) in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, after stalking the Carolina coast for days.

By Friday evening, Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm, its winds weakening to 70 miles per hour as it pushed inland.

A view of Hurricane Florence is shown churning in the Atlantic Ocean in a west, north-westerly direction heading for the eastern coastline of the United States. But it was clear that this was really about the water, not the wind. What's more, Florence's historic amount of rainfall may lead to flooding of pig manure lagoons, and the hurricane's winds and storm surge have the potential to damage nuclear reactors in the region, Live Science previously reported.




"It can not be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard associated with slow-moving Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will be spreading inland", forecasters said, reports CBS News.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city of New Bern tweeted around 2 a.m.

"Some say North Carolina is getting a break, but we are on the wrong side of this story", he said.

The worst of the storm's fury had yet to reach coastal SC, where emergency managers said it was not too late for people to get out.

"Afterwards, I'm going to drink a bottle of whiskey and take a two-day nap, but right now I'm walking the neighbourhood making sure my neighbours are fine because nobody can get in here".

Blowing ashore with howling 155 km/h winds, Florence splintered buildings, trapped hundreds of people and swamped entire communities along the Carolina coast Friday in what could be just the opening act in a watery, two-part, slow-motion disaster.

More than 60 people, including many children, were evacuated from a hotel in Jacksonville, North Carolina, after strong winds caused parts of the roof to collapse.