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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

Florence downgraded to Category 3 hurricane

  Florence downgraded to Category 3 hurricane Hurricane Florence was downgraded to a Category 3 storm on Wednesday night but may strengthen by the weekend, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The storm is in the middle of the Atlantic, about 1,085 miles east-northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands and about 1,235 miles east-southeast of Bermuda, with maximum sustained winds at 125 mph. Florence was a Category 4 earlier Wednesday before weakening a bit by night time. It is moving northwest at 10 mph.

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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.

Indiana volunteers rescue NC family from Florence flood .
Annazette Riley-Cromartie said she and her husband could hear people yelling for help outside.She was at her home in eastern North Carolina with her husband, three children and dog as Hurricane Florence churned in the Atlantic. She had watched how the massive storm seemingly had lost strength in the last few days as it dropped through the categories of hurricane power.

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