Dog rescued from hurricane flooding

Rescue workers from the Township No. 7 Fire Department and volunteers from the Civilian Crisis Response Team use a truck to move people rescued from their flooded homes during Hurricane Florence on Sept. 14 2018 in James City N.C. (Chip Somodevilla  Gett

Rescue workers from the Township No. 7 Fire Department and volunteers from the Civilian Crisis Response Team use a truck to move people rescued from their flooded homes during Hurricane Florence on Sept. 14 2018 in James City N.C. (Chip Somodevilla Gett

The child's injured father was taken to hospital.

In the meantime, Politico reported that FEMA Administrator Brock Long is under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general for allegedly using government cars to drive home to North Carolina from Washington, D.C., on the weekends. The media outlet said a 78-year-old man was electrocuted while he was trying to connect two extension cords in the rain.

The hurricane has caused more than 615,000 power outages in North Carolina, with almost 80,000 reported in SC, according to website poweroutage.us.

Family members discovered his body. Florence was eventually downgraded to a tropical storm. He said parts of the state had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 10 feet. But once New Bern TV news station WCTI evacuated its newsroom Thursday night because of flooding and people began to lose power, the seriousness of the situation began dawning on folks, she said. By midnight, his rain gauge showed that he'd gotten 9 inches (23 centimeters) of rain since midafternoon.

Tropical Storm Florence lumbered inland on Saturday, knocking down trees, flooding rivers, and dumping sheets of rain in the Carolinas where five people have died.

"From Wilmington to Charlotte, we'll experience between a 500-year and 1,000-year flood event", Trogdon warned in a late-morning briefing.

As the giant, 400-mile-wide hurricane pounded away, it unloaded heavy rain, flattened trees, chewed up roads and knocked out power to more than 600,000 homes and businesses.

More than a dozen counties in North Carolina are under a tornado watch, with officials also warning of a chance of hail.

As of Friday morning, the state was housing nearly 20,000 people in 157 shelters, Gov. Cooper told Steve Inskeep of NPR's Morning Edition. "We don't have any right now", said Ken Graham, director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami. "Only communication we have with them is just me flashing my lights to them and I think they have a flashlight they're flickering back to us". There had been no reports of fatalities or injuries so far, she said. "It may be a while before we can get to you".

"I built this house myself, so I'm not anxious at all, I know it's solid", he said.




In New Bern, where a curfew was in place, city authorities said at least 150 people were awaiting rescue.

City spokeswoman Colleen Roberts said in an interview with the AP around 10:30 a.m. Friday that about 120 others were still awaiting help.

Roberts says they're hearing from New Bern residents who were evacuated to an emergency shelter in Sandford earlier this week.

"It's like a bomb has gone off", Zaytoun told "Good Morning America" Friday. We see it happen in New Orleans and other areas.

Zaytoun now regrets his decision, he said. "I wonder how it would have been with a Category 4 or 5".

Florence "is twice the size of Hurricane Hugo", which tore through the Carolinas in 1989, New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw told "GMA". The city said two Federal Emergency Management Agency teams were working on swift-water rescues, and more were on the way.

When Hurricane Florence started battering eastern North Carolina with record rainfall, the Neuse and Trent rivers began to swell - and combined with high tide, made for unsafe flooding and dramatic rescues. "It's very hard to say at this point". "We're ready. We're as ready as anybody has ever been".

The rainfall is forecast to reach up to 40 inches in some areas over the next several days. River flooding may be worse than Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

Airlines cancelled more than 2,100 flights through Sunday.

"I know North Carolinians".

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