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Trump approves North Carolina disaster declaration for Florence

Trump approves North Carolina disaster declaration for Florence

A 78-year-old man in Kinston, North Carolina, was electrocuted when he tried to connect two extension cords outside in the rain, according to Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Roger Dail.

At least 4 people killed, including mother and baby.

There have been seven storm-related deaths since Florence, then a Category-1 hurricane, made landfall Friday morning.

Forecasters say "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". Its westward motion is expected to continue through Saturday. Shortly afterward, the National Weather Service reported wind gusts to 105 miles per hour at Wilmington International Airport, the highest wind gust measured in Wilmington since Hurricane Helene hit the port city in 1958. The storm is some 400 miles (645 kilometers) wide.

This is the weird moment a TV weatherman appeared to be caught faking his battle against gale-force winds during Storm Florence.

The Cajun Navy, a Louisiana-based group of private boat owners whose role proved pivotal in Texas during Hurricane Harvey, had rescued more than 150 people by Friday alone.

Some towns have received more than 2 feet of rain from Florence, and forecasters warned that drenching rains totaling up to 3½ feet of water could trigger epic flooding well inland through early next week.

Shaken after seeing waves crashing on the Neuse River just outside his house in New Bern, restaurant owner and hurricane veteran Tom Ballance wished he had evacuated. Those conditions were expected to worsen significantly.




President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for North Carolina on Saturday, freeing up federal funding for affected areas. Those roads included Interstate 40 in Duplin County; N.C. 12 in Dare, Hyde and Carteret counties; N.C. 130 in Brunswick County; N.C. 55 in Craven and Pamlico counties; N.C. 58 in Carteret and Jones counties; and N.C. 904 in Brunswick County. And as of Saturday morning, several other locations scattered across the county were on the verge of passing the 20-inch mark.

More than 20,000 people were in 157 shelters in North Carolina, with 7,000 in SC shelters. Thirty-five shelters accept pets.

Shelter locations are listed at ncdps.gov/florence and, once open, will be listed on the ReadyNC app. "We are the region's primary health care provider", she said. Dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162, or text Florence to 898211.

The storm made landfall Friday in North Carolina, bringing punishing winds, heavy rain and record flooding that drove some residents to seek shelter in attics or upper floors of homes.

More than 360 people were rescued as of midafternoon Friday, but another 140 were still waiting for help, city spokeswoman Colleen Roberts told the Associated Press.

Florence drove almost 1 million people from their homes and almost 700,000 lost power.

All North Carolina state parks are already closed or will close today and will remain closed through Sunday.

Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com calculated that Florence could dump a staggering 18 trillion gallons of rain over a week on North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland. To donate, visit https://governor.nc.gov/ or text FLORENCE to 20222.