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Over 722,000 without power as Florence batters Carolinas

Over 722,000 without power as Florence batters Carolinas

Dumping rain over the same areas all weekend long. More than 60 others had to be rescued as a cinderblock motel collapsed.

As of 1 p.m. ET, more than a foot of rain had fallen in many towns in southeastern North Carolina.

"This storm will bring destruction", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said. "It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave".

"Very eerie, the wind howling, the rain blowing sideways, debris flying", said Orsa, who lives nearby and feared splintering trees would pummel her house.

According to poweroutage.us, more than 500,000 customers in North Carolina and 50,000 in SC were without power on Friday morning, though the Weather Channel estimates up to 3 million customers could lose power in the Carolinas due to Florence.

In the Philippines, evacuations were under way with Super Typhoon Mangkhut expected to hit on Saturday in an area impacting an estimated 5.2 million people.

"We're out of power so we spent the first few hours of the day playing board games with candles", he said. EMS services could not get to the woman due to the storm, marking the third Florence-related death since the storm began hitting the North Carolina coastline.

Earlier Friday, the Wilmington Police said they were responding to this incident.

It is expected to dump 18 trillion gallons of rainwater on U.S. soil, meteorologist Ryan Maue tweeted.

Officials have warned restoring electricity could take days or even weeks.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this article reported two deaths in Carteret County, North Carolina.

Emergency workers arrived to find the Triangle Motor Inn's structure crumbling, with many guests still in their rooms.

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The number of people still not rescued fell to about 40 by Friday afternoon, according to New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw.

At least 200 householders in the riverfront city had to be plucked to safety by authorities.

"In a matter of seconds, my house was flooded up to the waist, and now it is to the chest", she added.

Officials have warned people against entering attics, so as to avoid drowning, unless they have a means to cut through to the roof.

At the White House, President Donald Trump has been retweeting local emergency officials' updates and tips for surviving the storm.

What is the latest on the storm?

The hurricane has moved at only 3-6 miles per hour on Friday, increasing the effect of its torrential rains.

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons, enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches (25 centimeters).

Is global warming to blame?

As 400-mile-wide Florence pounded away at the coast with torrential downpours and surging seas, rescue crews used boats to reach scores of people besieged by rising waters along a river.

The downtown area, at the confluence of two rivers, is mostly underwater.


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