Around 1 million still without power in southeast US due to Florence

    15 de septiembre de 2018

    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Sep 15 (efe-epa).- Nearly 1 million customers in the southeastern United States are still without electricity on Saturday as a result of Florence, which roared ashore near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, as a Category 1 hurricane before weakening to a tropical storm.

    Florence is currently moving slowly (four kilometers/hour) toward the west across eastern South Carolina but its effects are particular noticeable in North Carolina, where more than 780,000 people are still without power, according to regional emergency management officials.

    Roughly 150,000 others in South Carolina and several thousand in Virginia also currently do not have electricity.

    Although it has weakened overland, the storm is expected to produce "heavy and excessive" rainfall in southern and central portions of North Carolina and far northeast South Carolina, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest bulletin at 8 am.

    The NHC added that "storm totals between 30 and 40 inches" are expected along the North Carolina coastal areas south of Cape Hatteras,

    "This rainfall will continue to produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding," the bulletin said.

    The National Weather Service, meanwhile, warned in a tweet on Saturday that possible deadly flooding could occur in the Carolinas, Virginia and West Virginia in the coming days.

    Authorities in North Carolina on Friday blamed five deaths on the effects of Florence.

    The first two fatalities - a woman and her baby - died after a tree fell on their house in Wilmington, North Carolina, the local police force said via Twitter.

    Florence is expected to gradually weaken further and become a tropical depression by Saturday night, according to the NHC's latest bulletin.