Florence: Tropical Storm moves into South Carolina

Florence fast facts:

  • Florence made landfall as a hurricane near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, Friday morning. 
  • Florence was located about 15 miles west-northwest of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina as of 11 p.m. Friday.
  • A mother and an infant were killed when a tree fell onto their home in Wilmington. Police said the father was taken to a nearby hospital.
  • Tornadoes are possible in southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina through Saturday night.
  • Soldiers from Fort Campbell and Fort Drum are being deployed to North Carolina to assist with response and recovery efforts. CBS News Pentagon correspondent David Martin confirms companies of high water trucks are being sent. 
  • Over 927,865 (738,826 in North Carolina and 189,039 in South Carolina) homes and businesses were without power late Friday night.
  • Re-entry to parts of North Carolina's Outer Banks is expected to begin on Saturday, Sept. 15. Residents and property owners will have access to the areas north of Oregon Inlet. Visitors (vacationers and guests) will be allowed entry to the area beginning at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16.  
  • Nearly 2,100 flights have been canceled through Saturday.
  • 11 million Americans live in areas under storm watches and warnings.
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WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Tropical Storm Florence is crawling slowly across South Carolina as life-threatening storm surges and strong winds are expected to continue overnight, amid a rising inland flood threat. Forecasters say catastrophic freshwater flooding is expected over parts of North Carolina and South Carolina ahead. 
At least five people have died in the storm. 
As Florence moves further inland over the coming days, the storm is expected to gradually weaken. Forecasters say it could become a depression by Saturday night.
The National Weather Service said on Twitter on Friday night that Morehead City had received 23.04 inches of rain with more heavy rain coming.
Forecasters have issued what they call a a flash flood emergency, saying areas of surrounding Carteret County are flooding that have never flooded before. 


Forecasters say it is especially dangerous after dark because people trying to escape may not realize how deep flood water is on roads. 
Officials recommend anyone whose home starts to flood get to the highest point they can and call 911.
About 500 people had to be rescued in flooding early Friday in New Bern, which is about 30 miles north of Morehead City.
"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU," the city tweeted around 2 a.m. Friday. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU."
Boat teams including volunteers rescued some 360 residents, including Sadie Marie Holt, 67, who first tried to row out of her neighborhood during Florence's assault.
"The wind was so hard, the waters were so hard ... We got thrown into mailboxes, houses, trees," said Holt, who had stayed at home because of a doctor's appointment that was later canceled. She was eventually rescued by a boat crew; 140 more awaited assistance.
Ashley Warren and boyfriend Chris Smith managed to paddle away from their home in a boat with their two dogs and were left her shaken.
"Honestly, I grew up in Wilmington. I love hurricanes. But this one has been an experience for me," she said. "We might leave."

Michael Jordan, Hornets, NBA raising money for Hurricane Florence relief efforts

Hurricane — well, now tropical storm but still dangerous — Florence is battering the Carolinas and part of the Eastern seaboard of the United States, having left at least five people dead and many more with damaged homes, without power, and much more. Despite all the warnings and evacuations, the devastation is going to be extensive, there was no way around that.

Michael Jordan, the Charlotte Hornets, and the NBA are teaming up to help out those in need.
“It’s truly devastating for me to see the damage that Hurricane Florence is doing to my beloved home state of North Carolina and to the surrounding areas,” Jordan, the Hornets lead owner, said. “The recovery effort will be massive, and it will take a long time to repair the damage and for families to get back on their feet. Together with the NBA, we have launched a platform to aid those most impacted. Please join me, the Hornets organization and the NBA and donate to one of the local organizations assisting in the relief and recovery efforts.  To all those affected, stay safe and know that we’re here to help.”
The three sides are raising money for a variety of charities —  American Red Cross, Direct Relief, Foundation for the Carolinas, Second Harvest Food Bank, the United Way of Central Carolinas — and fans can donate money to the cause.
Just click this link to get to the donation site (or type in http://cares.nba.com/charlotte-hurricane-relief-efforts).
The Hornets, and the NBA through NBA Cares, will be doing volunteer work to help as well once everyone gets past the initial relief efforts.

Summary of watches and warnings in effect: 

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for: 

  • Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to Ocracoke Inlet, North Carolina 
  • Pamlico Sound, including the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers 

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for: 

  • Edisto Beach, South Carolina to Ocracoke Inlet, North Carolina 
  • Pamlico Sound

Storm surge potential:  

  • The Neuse, Pamlico, Pungo, and Bay Rivers: 4-7 feet
  • Ocracoke Inlet N.C. to Cape Lookout N.C.: 2-4 feet
  • Cape Lookout N.C. to Cape Fear, N.C.: 3-5 feet
  • Cape Fear N.C. to Myrtle Beach S.C.: 2-4 feet