Italy has been battered by fierce winds and rain which have left 11 people dead in the west and north, while schools and tourist sites closed in several regions amid fears for people’s safety.
Winds of up to 180km/h (110 mph) were reported, and two tornadoes ripped through the centre of the coastal town of Terracina, killing one person and leaving 10 others injured.
In the canal city of Venice, rising floodwaters overwhelmed many of its famed squares and walkways, with officials saying as much as 75% of the city is now submerged.
The search continues for missing people following flash flooding in parts of Spain, Italy and France.
Twelve died – including a British couple – when torrential rain lashed eastern Majorca in Spain. A five-year-old local boy is still missing.
A German couple is feared to be among the 12. Not all have been identified.
A flash flood on France’s south coast killed two people in Sainte-Maxime while a woman was found dead after a storm in Sardinia, Italy.
In a late act of drenching the Carolina coast, flood waters from Hurricane Florence are set to pour into Georgetown, South Carolina.
Although the community of 9,000 avoided the eye of the storm and much of the rain in the days after the hurricane hit, flooding is now unavoidable as water flowing from far inland hits the coast.
Local officials said they expect the rivers near Georgetown to crest early on Thursday at record levels.
The community is doing everything it can to keep the historic town above water as the town expects anywhere from 5 to 10ft of water on the streets. Some 26,000 sandbags were passed out since the weekend, said Randy Akers, the deputy public information officer for the Georgetown county emergency operations center.
- A Duke Energy dam containing a 1,100-acre reservoir in North Carolina is breached, and may be causing coal ash to flow into the nearby Cape Fear River.
- Hurricane Florence brought rain measured in feet to North Carolina, followed by rising rivers and standing water in fields.
- The president of Duke Energy’s North Carolina operations, David Fountain, told CNBC earlier this week that the impact from Hurricane Florence has been the most severe he’s ever experienced.
Michael Jordan grew up playing high school basketball in Wilmington, North Carolina. So when the former NBA star watched the destruction caused by Hurricane Florence to his hometown and surrounding area, he acted quickly to help. The six-time NBA champion and Charlotte Hornets owner donated $2 million on Tuesday to assist residents of the Carolinas — $1 million each to the American Red Cross and the Foundation For The Carolinas’ Hurricane Florence Response Fund.
“Flood waters are still raging across parts of our state, and the risk to life is rising with the angry waters,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said at a midday news conference.
In its 2 a.m. update, the National Hurricane Center said the storm is expected to weaken to a tropical depression Sunday morning. It was moving west, now slightly quicker than before, traveling at about 6 mph, with sustained winds at 40 mph.
The storm’s death toll climbed to 12 on Saturday, a number that’s expected to rise.
- Florence made landfall as a hurricane near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, Friday morning. The tropical storm was located about 15 miles west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
- A mother and an infant were killed when a tree fell onto their home in Wilmington. Police said the father was taken to a nearby hospital.
- More than 16 inches of rain have fallen in southeast North Carolina and another 20 to 25 inches is on the way, the hurricane center said.
- Over 700,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina on Friday night, according to North Carolina Emergency Management.
- Nearly 2,100 flights have been canceled through Saturday.
- 11 million Americans live in areas under storm watches and warnings.
Source: Tropical Storm Florence: 5 killed as storm hits North Carolina, South Carolina, as a hurricane today – latest weather forecast, path, power outages, flooding zone impact – live updates – CBS News
“In this area, I mean, the water level came up to about here, about 6 inches,” said Capt. John Brand, pointing to the wall in the kitchen. “And you can actually feel it. It’s wet.”