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Power outages near 800000 as Florence rocks the Carolina coast

Power outages near 800000 as Florence rocks the Carolina coast

Rivers approached record flood stage and more than 660,000 utility customers were without power Sunday as North Carolina struggled under the crushing fury of Florence, the mighty hurricane diminished to a tropical depression but still pounding the region with unrelenting rain.

Video posted on Twitter showed a meteorologist telling viewers they'd be taken to coverage from sister station WPDE in Myrtle Beach.

Rescue workers in North Carolina meanwhile were scrambling to save people stranded in their homes.

She estimated 441,000 people have already evacuated because of the storm.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm would dump as much as 30 to 40 inches (76-102 cm) of rain on the southeastern coast of North Carolina and part of northeastern SC, as well as up to 10 inches (25 cm) in southwestern Virginia.

"We have completed all of our water rescues & want to sincerely thank all of the volunteers who helped us save lives", they said. "We could see more flooding then".

The National Weather Service said 14 to 15 inches of rain has already fallen north of Swansboro, North Carolina.

Florence was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticised as slow and unprepared past year for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where the storm was blamed for almost 3,000 deaths.

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The National Hurricane Center says the tempest remains extremely risky because of the high volume of rainfall and predicted storm surges, even though its wind speeds lowered slightly on Thursday night, making it a category one hurricane.

A tree sways in the storm as Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Wilmington, North Carolina, the United States, on September 13, 2018. Its surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet of ocean water, and days of downpours could unload more than 3 feet of rain, touching off severe flooding.

Hurricane Harvey a year ago dumped some 33 trillion gallons of rainwater in the US.

Sixty-nine of the rescues occurred Saturday morning, said city officials, who extended an overnight curfew through Monday morning.

As parts of the roof caved in, police had to force their way into some suites amid 75mph winds to reach those inside.

Not everybody was heeding orders to evacuate, however.

In Leland, a low-lying city north of Wilmington, homes and businesses were engulfed by water.

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

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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.

The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump had spoken with state and local officials, assuring them the federal government was prepared to help. "We'll see how long this lasts".

Super Typhoon Mangkhut tore through the northern tip of the Philippines on Saturday packing winds of more than 200 km per hour (124 mph) along with torrential rain, killing three people and causing floods, landslides and power outages. She added that preliminary estimates show around 4,300 residences and 300 commercial buildings had been damaged but emphasized that count is expected to increase significantly. The first units were expected to come online early next week in New Bern and Washington, North Carolina, according to Jack Frazier, the Baptist Men's disaster relief coordinator.

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The think tank tracked one million checking accounts belonging to households in Houston and Miami following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and found significant changes to the levels of funds coming in as well as out.

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But there are so many factors that contribute to these rare events, it has been hard to tease out clear trends from the data.

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