Five dead as Hurricane Florence barrels into US

Washington: An infant including atleast five people were killed in the US state of state of North Carolina as hurricane Florence made landfall.

According to reports – Category 1 hurricane – after coming ashore in North Carolina – downgraded Florence to a tropical storm on Friday afternoon and trudged into South Carolina later in the night.

Tree fell on infant

The police force of Wilmington, the largest population centre in the impact zone, said via Twitter that a woman and her baby died after a tree fell on their home, while the father was taken to a nearby hospital.

Another person reportedly died in nearby Hampstead, North Carolina.

Heart attack due to blockade

Tom Collins, director of Pender County’s Emergency Management, said that a woman who suffered a heart attack died because an ambulance was unable to reach her in time due to fallen trees blocking the roads.

78-year-old man electrocuted

Soon afterwards, the administration of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said that a 78-year-old man died of electrocution as he was attempting to connect a power generator, while media reported that a 77-year-old man was killed after a gust of wind knocked him to the ground.

‘Catastrophic flash flooding’

  • Some areas have already received 15 inches of rain, according to the National Hurricane Centre, which warned that the storm could bring up to 40 inches of rain to parts of North and South Carolina, producing “catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding”,
  • Authorities were most concerned about inland flooding and storm-surge flooding from Florence.
  • A storm surge of about 10 ft above normal levels was reported by the National Weather Service’s office in Morehead City, North Carolina.
  • Duke Energy, a utility company that serves the Carolinas, estimated that up to 3 million customers could lose electricity as a result of the hurricane.

(With inputs from IANS)

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