Florence lumbers inland, leaving 5 dead, states flooded, World News & Top Stories

Andrew Carter  The News & Observer via AP

Nature expresses its fury in sundry ways.

Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut roared ashore on the same day, half a world apart, but the way they spread devastation was as different as water and wind. This is likely to determine the type of destruction.

Mangkhut made landfall Friday on the northeastern tip of Luzon island in the Philippines with top-of-the-scale Category 5 winds of 165 miles per hour.

Authorities say the storm did not cause some other deaths that occurred during Florence in North Carolina: a woman who died of undetermined causes in a shelter, a woman who suffered a heart attack at home during the storm, and a couple whose apparent murder-suicide was investigated during hurricane conditions in Otway.

Kevin Knox and his family were rescued by boat from their flooded brick home with the help of Army Sgt. Johan Mackie, whose team used a phone app to locate people in distress.

The storm was expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday (September 15), then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said.

Experts say Mangkhut may well end up being the deadlier storm.

Cooper said others should not follow suit. The next day Mangkhut was over open water heading for China.

Screaming winds bent trees toward the ground and raindrops flew sideways as Florence's leading edge moved in for an extended stay along the coast.

The hurricane center said the storm will eventually break up over the southern Appalachians and make a right hook to the northeast, its rainy remnants moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England by the middle of next week.

Video footage shot during the tropical storm shows what appears to be two dolphins swimming in the rising storm surge water. The storm traveled from east to west across the north of Luzon.

The water in the western Pacific is warmer, and warm water fuels storms.

"Hurricanes bring out a lot of good in people and also the worst in those few bad actors preying on homeowners whose most prized asset has been damaged", Jon Moore, spokesman for Florida's Department of Financial Services, told the Miami Herald following Hurricane Irma in 2017.

Florence is expected to dump 18 trillion gallons of rainwater on USA soil, meteorologist Ryan Maue tweeted.

In South Carolina, some 36,000 customers are without power, officials said. In South Carolina there were 7,000 people staying in shelters.

In Lumberton, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) inland, Jackie and Quinton Washington watched water filling both their front and back yards near the Lumber River.

Because of that, Florence was weakened by the dry air and upper level winds of the higher latitudes.

National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said radar and rain gauges indicated some areas got as much as 2½ feet of rain, which he called "absolutely staggering".

McMaster had ordered residents in most of the state's coastal counties to evacuate ahead of Florence's arrival. Rains have been relentless, and Florence continues to dump a "catastrophic" amount of water in its path.

Tennessee said 1,067 tickets were given to fans displaced by Florence.

Death toll greater than from FlorenceThe BBC reports a presidential adviser as saying the death toll from Mangkhut at 14 people so far about twice as many as from Florence in the US.

Economics also play a role in a storm's impact. Houses in the Philippines are often poorly constructed and less sturdy than those in the southeastern US. This is one reason why, when disaster does strike, the effects can be devastating.

Straddling the famous Pacific Ring of Fire, the Philippines is also bedeviled by volcanoes and earthquakes, and while there are considerable patches of poverty in North and SC, it is not the same as the rural area where Mangkhut hit.

More than 22,600 people were housed in 150 shelters statewide, including schools, churches and Wake Forest University's basketball arena.

In the United States, "you can't move houses, but people can move out of the way", reflecting mounting damages from storms and often lower losses in life, Vecchi said.

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