As the Hurricane Florence crawled over the southeastern part of Carolina it left a trail of devastation and is posing greatest threat in next few days before heading inland.
The area has not seen such destructive storm in generation and by Friday afternoon at least five people were killed while it made landfall in the coastal parts. Rescue teams are put on work to help distressed residents.
A mother and her infant were among the dead. Police department said a tree fell on their house in Wilmington, N.C. Both were trapped under it and rescuers spent hours reaching their place.
A 911 call was also received from Hampstead where a woman died of a heart attack. The rescue crews responded late due to downed trees. Two more people lost their lives in the Lenoir County. Both were in their 70s. One died when he went outside in search of his hunting dogs while the other tried to connect extension cords in the rain.
Meanwhile, the rescue workers have suspended operations in some places due to powerful winds in Horry County in southern part of Carolina.
According to director of public safety for North Myrtle Beach, Jay Fernandez, the emergency responses will resume after the storm conditions become lighter and allow the team members to respond safely.
He added, “We put the message out that most likely we will not be able to respond you… We will do everything we can and we give them advice.”
Water coursed through streets in Carolina Beach and the winds crawled with the speed of about 90 miles per hour, having reasonably enough speed to knock down trees and break statues. About 650,000 people were out of power in towns.
The Hurricane Florence was downgraded to Category I storm and by evening it lost speed. While making way to the west-southwest of Wilmington its speed was about 70 miles per hour. It will turn north but initially to drift southwest into southern part of Carolina.
However, people have been warned and in some areas it is predicted to be a 1,000-year rainfall.
President Trump may visit affected areas next week.