Mother, baby killed after tree falls on home during Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence’s ‘life-threatening’ storm surge pours over Outer Banks’ NC 12 | Charlotte Observer

Hurricane Florence’s ‘life-threatening’ storm surge pours over Outer Banks’ NC 12 | Charlotte Observer

Firefighters look into a home that a large tree fell on that has three people trapped after Hurricane Florence hit the area on September 14, 2018 in Wilmington, North Carolina.

And cameras aboard the International Space Station managed to catch incredible footage just a few minutes after the storm's landfall.

The surge in power outages along the coast was the result of gusts coming off Hurricane Florence and blowing trees into power lines, said Lisa Crawley, a spokeswoman for the co-ops.

Its top sustained winds have dropped to 70 miles per hour (110 kph), and it's at a near standstill, moving west at just 3 miles per hour (6 kph).

Yesterday, the European Space Agency released a short video of astronauts aboard the space station watching the storm out of the cupola armed with powerful cameras to capture its giant knot of storm clouds.

The National Hurricane Center described Florences path as a wobble around southeastern North Carolina.

Officials have warned that the life-threatening storm could come with maximum sustained wind speeds of 90mph and carries a risk of "catastrophic" flooding.

On Friday morning, Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, bringing extreme winds, surging seas, and huge amounts of rain to the coast.

Florence's forward movement during the day slowed to a near-standstill - sometimes it was going no faster than a human can walk - and that enabled it to pile on the rain.

About 1.7 million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders and millions of others live in areas likely to be affected by the storm.

He added that around 20,000 people had taken refuge in 157 emergency shelters throughout the area.

A dog is rescued from floodwaters in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Atlantic Beach on North Carolina's Outer Banks islands had already received 76 cm of rain, the US Geological Survey said.

Over 1,400 flights have been cancelled, according to FlightAware.com, as most of the coastal region's airports are closed to ride out the storm. Craven County officials said they responded to 200 calls for help.

As of 4 a.m., Florence was 30 miles (45 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina.

As the Category 1 hurricane bore down on the Carolinas on Thursday, WCTI meteorologists Donnie Cox and Shane Hinton continued to oversee coverage of the storm for the city of New Bern.

The now Category 1 storm's intensity diminished as it neared land, with winds dropping to 90 miles per hour (135 kph) by nightfall.

Regarding the possibility of a storm surge, Jones said, "Everyone has to be on the lookout for that, however, the way our house sits, it's elevated".

As Florence drew near, President Donald Trump tweeted that FEMA and first responders are "supplied and ready", and he disputed the official conclusion that almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico, claiming the figure was a Democratic plot to make him look bad.

"We'll operate without power; we have candles. And you dont need power to sling booze", said owner Eli Ellsworth. "We have two boats and all our worldly possessions", said Susan Patchkofsky, who refused her familys pleas to evacuate and stayed at Emerald Isle with her husband. "We chose to hunker down".

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