Five dead in Carolinas as Hurricane Florence brings ‘epic’ floods
WILMINGTON (REUTERS) – Tropical storm Florence lumbered inland on Saturday (Sept 15), knocking down trees, flooding rivers, and dumping sheets of rain in the Carolinas where five people have died.
It diminished from hurricane force as it came ashore, but forecasters said the 560-km-wide storm’s slow progress across North and South Carolina could leave much of the region under water in the coming days.
“This storm is relentless and excruciating,” North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told CNN late on Friday.
A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina. The child’s injured father was taken to hospital.
Two people died in Lenoir County. A 78-year-old man was electrocuted attempting to connect extension cords while another man died when he was blown down by high winds while checking on his hunting dogs, a county spokesman said.