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As the most reliable and balanced news aggregation service on the internet, DML News offers the following information published by REUTERS.COM:

(Reuters) – U.S. power companies said more than 974,000 homes and businesses, mostly in North Carolina and South Carolina, were without power on Saturday after Florence hit the Southeast coast.

Tropical storm Florence lumbered inland on Saturday, knocking down trees, flooding rivers, and dumping torrents of rain in the Carolinas, where five people have died.

The article goes on to state the following:

Duke Energy Corp, the area’s biggest utility with more than 4 million customers, estimated the storm could cause between 1 million and 3 million outages. Restoring power to all customers could take weeks, it said.

“High winds and severe flooding from Hurricane Florence will impede the pace of our outage restoration efforts. Work will begin when conditions safely allow,” the company said on its website on Saturday.

Florence was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm late Friday night.

DML News offers the following information published by NPR.ORG:

In the days leading up to the arrival of Hurricane Florence, North Carolina’s governor offered a series of dire warnings.

“Even if you’ve ridden out storms before, this one is different,” Gov. Roy Cooper said.

As Hurricane Florence made landfall, it appeared many North Carolinians had listened.

As of Friday morning, the state was housing almost 20,000 people in 157 shelters, Gov. Cooper told Steve Inskeep of NPR’s Morning Edition. During Hurricane Matthew in 2016 — North Carolina’s last major hurricane — the state counted 4,071 people in 109 shelters.

DML News offers the following information, also published by NPR.ORG:

Across South Carolina on Friday, at least 5,500 people were staying at 59 Red Cross shelters, according to spokesperson Cuthbert Langley. And Florence’s plodding progress means they, and potentially many more, could be stuck sleeping among strangers for days more.

Florence is a very large, very slow-moving, very wet storm — the type of tropical cyclone that is made more likely by climate change. Warm ocean water and weak wind currents drive hurricanes to grow large, sucking up moisture and then stalling out over land, dropping it as rain.

For people in Florence’s path, that means a more drawn out and exhausting hurricane experience.

 

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