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Offbeat Race to rescue people stranded in US hurricane

14:25  14 september  2018
14:25  14 september  2018 Source:   msn.com

Firefighters kneel, pray after mother and baby die from falling tree

  Firefighters kneel, pray after mother and baby die from falling tree A group of firefighters in Wilmington, North Carolina, knelt and prayed outside the home where a mother and her infant died when a tree fell Friday. They were the first known deaths attributed to Tropical Storm Florence, which was a Category 1 hurricane when it struck the city.The father was injured in the incident and was transported to a hospital, officials said.Officials said several agencies responded to the incident. A reporter for CNN Wilmington affiliate WWAY said firefighters where shaken up by what they encountered at the home.

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Emergency crews in North Carolina scrambled Friday to rescue hundreds of people stranded in their homes by flood waters unleashed by Hurricane Florence.

The drama was unfolding in the riverfront town of New Bern, which was hit by a huge storm surge as the sprawling Category 1 hurricane came close to making landfall.

Video footage showed parking lots in New Bern turned into shallow lakes of dirty gray water as heavy rain fell.

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New Bern Police Lt. David Daniels said early Friday morning that between 150 and 200 people had been rescued so far, with others still to go.

Two rescue teams from the federal disaster relief agency FEMA were on the job and others were on the way.

"Currently ~150 awaiting rescue in New Bern," City Hall said on Twitter.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU. You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU," it added.

Two people, 80 cats, 43 dogs trapped in North Carolina animal shelter .
"The shelter is old and needed repairs before the storm." Over 100 animalsCarteret County Humane Society (CCHS), located in the city of Newport, notified Facebook followers on Friday that at least two people along with 43 dogs, about 80 cats, and roughly 15 chickens and roosters were trapped on the top floor of the building.

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