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Now a tropical storm, Florence has left at least 5 people dead. It’s expected to drop more than 18 trillion gallons of rain. – Tech –




  • Hurricane Florence‘s center moved toward eastern South Carolina on Friday night, after making landfall at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, hours earlier.
  • The storm has been downgraded to a tropical storm, with sustained wind speeds of 70 mph.
  • At least five people have died, including a mother and baby who were killed by a tree.
  • More than 18 trillion gallons of rain are in the forecast, enough to fill Chesapeake Bay.
  • Thousands of people are in shelters, and more than 810,000 customers are without power in the Carolinas.

Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but its strong wind and heavy rain are still battering the Carolinas. The center of the storm moved toward eastern South Carolina on Friday night, hours after making landfall at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, hours earlier.

The storm has killed at least five people in North Carolina.

A mother and baby died when a tree crashed into their home, the Wilmington Police Department said on Twitter Friday afternoon. A 78-year-old man was killed while trying to connect two extension cords outside in the rain, ABC News reported citing Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Roger Dail.

The storm was also implicated in the death of a woman who suffered a heart attack, since emergency crews couldn’t reach her due to a fallen tree, as The Wall Street Journal reported. And a man was blown away by strong winds while outside checking on his dogs. The man’s family found his body Friday morning, according to Dail.

Winds up to 70 mph are still lashing the coast, and a storm surge up to 12 feet high is expected in some areas, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). The storm could drop up to 40 inches of rain in some spots, causing “catastrophic” floods and a “life-threatening” situation, the NHC said.

So far, floods as deep as 6.3 feet have been recorded.

The storm was giant when it made landfall: hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 80 miles, and tropical-storm-force winds extended nearly 200 miles from the storm’s center.

Ken Graham, director of the National Hurricane Center, said Florence has been “nearly stationary on the coast for several hours” on Friday.

The storm is moving at a walker’s pace, just 3 mph, and is expected to dump rain on the Carolinas for days. Homes have flooded and trees crashed through rooftops.

“Landfall of a hurricane is never the end of the event,” Weather Channel meteorologist and hurricane expert Rick Knabb said on Friday. “Slow-moving Florence is not even close to being done with the coast.”

Florence is forecast to dump about 18 trillion gallons of rain over North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Maryland before the storm is over. That’s enough water to fill the Chesapeake Bay or to cover the state of Texas in 4 inches.



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Read more: Why Hurricane Florence could dump so much water on the Carolinas

In North Carolina, more than 680,000 homes are without power, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. The US Department of Energy estimates that number accounts for over 10% of the state’s customers.

More than 131,600 homes in South Carolina are disconnected, according to, a website that collects outage data from across the country. The number of darkened homes is only expected to get worse over the weekend.

Footage from North Carolina shows massive flooding and high winds

These images, recorded by a camera maintained by the website in the riverfront town of New Bern, North Carolina, showed the dramatic progress of flooding on Thursday and Friday. The water consumed most of the Union Point river bank area by Thursday evening.

Other photos and videos shared on social media also showed dangerous conditions in North Carolina.

Although Florence’s wind speed means it is now a tropical storm, the NHC has consistently warned that the storm will not get less dangerous as the wind speed falls, since bigger threats come from the rain and floods.

People survey the damage caused by Hurricane Florence on Front Street in downtown New Bern, North Carolina, on Friday, Sept. 14,

People survey the damage caused by Hurricane Florence on Front Street in downtown New Bern, North Carolina, on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

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On Friday, the storm toppled roofs and trees.

A fallen tree lies atop the crushed roof of a fast food restaurant after the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S., September 14,


A fallen tree lies atop the crushed roof of a fast food restaurant after the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S., September 14, 2018.

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Branches crashed into this home in Wilmington, North Carolina while three people were inside. One man there was critically injured and taken away on a stretcher.



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The wet and windy conditions were less of a problem for this pair of dolphins seen swimming nearby.

This timelapse shows how much rain fell in just a four-hour period in the coastal city of Oriental, North Carolina.

The most extreme conditions could be seen on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and on riverfront cities that were were hit hard by storm surge waters forced inland. A federal rain gauge in Emerald Isle, a town on a sandbank just north of Wilmington, recorded 6.6 feet of flood water.

Millions of people are affected



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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper dispatched over 2,800 National Guard soldiers in the state.

We know this massive storm will cause incredible damage” he said on Thursday. “Surviving this storm will be a test of endurance, teamwork, common sense and patience.”

On Friday morning, rescue workers loaded boats and trucks in the North Carolina river town of James City, near New Bern, and started evacuating people and their pets.

Rescue workers from Township No. 7 Fire Department and volunteers from the Civilian Crisis Response Team help rescue a woman and her dog from their flooded home during Hurricane Florence September 14, 2018 in James City, North

Rescue workers from Township No. 7 Fire Department and volunteers from the Civilian Crisis Response Team help rescue a woman and her dog from their flooded home during Hurricane Florence September 14, 2018 in James City, North Carolina.

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For those whose homes are being flooded, the National Weather Service says to move up to higher floors in your house and take your phone and supplies. Stay away from attics and crawl spaces where you could get trapped. If the water rises too high to stay inside, get to the roof.

Governors of five states declared states of emergency ahead of the storm: North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Maryland. Mandatory evacuation orders were in place in coastal areas of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, affecting a total of about 1.7 million people, according to the Associated Press. The homes of more than 10 million people were under official watches or warnings for hurricane or tropical storm conditions.

In North Carolina, more than 12,000 people fleeing the storm are staying dry at 126 shelters located across the state.

Sinéad Baker, Alexandra Ma, Hilary Brueck, and Bryan Logan contributed reporting.

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Frosty ties between police and Olenguruone residents




Rossy Lang’at (center), the mother of Emmanuel Kipkoech, 17, a Form two student at Sugutek Secondary School being consoled after her son was shot on the right hip by a police officer while dispersing protestors at Mlango trading centre. [Kipsang Joseph, Standard]

Over the years, Kiptagich and Olenguruone police stations, which are barely 15km apart, have been hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Several times police officers at the stations who are supposed to be enforcers of the law have found themselves under sharp civilian criticism for breaking the same laws.
From deaths of civilians in their hands in unclear circumstances or by the law keepers’ bullets, to cases of assaults and drunk driving, the residents have found themselves demanding that the officers live up to the discipline as expected from the service.
Shockingly, the officers accused of breaking the law and some who have been arraigned have held senior positions at the two stations.
At the height of 1992 and 2007 post-election chaos, which are the worst the country has ever gone through, officers here were placed in a spot by human rights activists for taking sides based on ethnic lines.
Since then the relationship between villagers and the officers has been frosty. The residents appear to have lost confidence in the law enforcement officers and in some instances expressed their frustrations through violent protests.
In the most recent incident last weekend, at a roadblock erected at Mulango and manned by police officers attached to Kiptagich police station, officers flagged down a car bound for Tenwek Hospital in Bomet County.
The roadblock had been set up to stop movement of people from Nakuru County to Bomet County following a zonal lockdown that has since been lifted.

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The driver and the child’s mother are said to have disembarked from the vehicle to inform the police that they were rushing a sick child to hospital, but their plea landed on deaf ears.
Alex Tonui, a resident, explained that the two returned to their vehicle only to find that the child had already died, causing the woman to break down and attracting the attention of residents.
“The residents confronted the police officers. The situation escalated after more officers were deployed from Kiptagich and Olenguruone police stations,” said Tonui says.
A one-hour running battle between the police and the residents who had blocked the road left at least one civilian dead, police officers injured and property destroyed.
The deceased was identified as Emmanuel Kipkoech, a 17-year-old Form Two student at Kiptagich Secondary School.

Police at Olenguruone Police station in Kuresoi South, Nakuru county on May 4, 2021.[Kipsang Joseph, Standard]


During a visit to the Kipkoech’s home yesterday, his mother Rossy Langat was inconsolable as she mourned the death of her son, who the family said they had great hopes on.
“My only son. Why did it have to be him? He was my only child,” she wailed as women struggled to get her back to her house.
Esther Lang’at, a neighbour, said Kipkoech had left home in the morning to do laundry at the banks of a seasonal river near the family’s farm.
“As he was waiting for the clothes to dry, he heard people screaming at Mulango trading centre. He stood at a corridor watching the battle unfold before the police started firing in the air. Minutes later, Kipkoech was lying in a pool of blood,” said Lang’at.
Gilbert Toroitich, the medical superintendent at Olenguruone Sub-county Hospital, said efforts to save Kipkoech’s life were futile.
“He had already lost too much blood and turned pale. He had a bullet that entered through the right hip. We tried to resuscitate him but unfortunately lost him,” said Dr Toroitich.
Kuresoi South Police Commander Henry Nyaranga accused the residents of overreacting and taking the law into their hands.
“The residents blew the situation out of proportion. They extensively damaged police vehicles and we now have two police officers admitted in hospital with serious injuries,” said Nyaranga.
The sub-county police boss has, however, dismissed claims that there was bad blood between the law enfocers and locals, terming the incidents isolated and spread over a long period of time.
“I am not aware of any brewing beef between our officers and the civilians. The cases that were reported recently are either before court or under investigation. The officers are not above the law and the citizens should not take the law into their own hands either,” said Mr Nyaranga.
He said 34 people were arrested and presented before court where they faced charges of being in an illegal gathering, flouting Covid-19 regulations and vandalising police vehicles.
Tension remained high around Olenguruone and Kiptagich police stations, with the residents reportedly planning to burn down the two stations where tens of motorbikes had been impounded. “We detained over 30 bodabodas and arrested 34 people. The residents planned to burn down the stations on Monday. We mobilised police officers from other sub-counties and investigations are on,” said Nyaranga.

The two deaths, however, have emerged to have been a trigger for the simmering tension between the police and the residents who have had a fair share of each other’s wrath in the past.
A chief inspector of police attached to Kiptagich is under investigation for assaulting Maragaret Chelang’at who he found outside during curfew hours last month. “Her case was booked at Olenguruone Police Station vide OB number 9/17/04/2021,” said Nyaranga.
In June last year, Inspector David Kiprotich, Police Constables Henry Mureithi and Tom Kikao attached to Kiptagich, were arrested and charged at Molo Law Courts after they were captured mistreating a suspect.
The officers were filmed dragging Mercy Cherono, 21, with her hands tied at the back of a motorbike after she allegedly stole electronics and cash from a house belonging to one of the officers.
A week later, Police Constable Fred Amaya, who was stationed at Kiptagich, wrecked a police vehicle after he took an unassigned drive while drunk.
Two weeks after he was discharged from hospital, Amaya committed suicide by hanging himself in a bathroom within the station.
In July 2014, Olenguruone Police Station, which is the sub-county headquarters, was extensively damaged as the residents protested the murder of a bartender in the hands of the police.
Caren Chepkoech Rono died in the back of a police vehicle on July 8, 2014 while in the custody of corporal Silas Marimi, constables Reuben Maino and Wycliffe Wangila who were later charged with murder.
Charles Ng’eno, a witness in the case, testified that the three dragged Ms Rono from a bar and bundled her into a police vehicle.
Although the three officers were acquitted of murder charges, a postmortem report indicated that she either hit her head against a surface or was hit with a blunt object.
“There was violent brain shake to cause counter coupe injuries. This could have been caused by either the head moving towards and hitting a hard surface several times or the force hitting the head several times,” the report read.
Interviewed residents have revealed that there has been bad blood between them and the police in the area over their conduct.
Paul Chelule, an elder, said that the officers have been operating outside the law in their handling of arrested persons and the use of excessive force.
“I watched in horror as the boy was shot. The officers who came as back-up didn’t make any attempts to calm the crowd. Instead they started firing live bullets in the air. They should have used teargas instead,” said Chelule.
Another resident said that there have been many unresolved assault cases by the officers which leaves the villagers view them as enemies.
“The young boy was with his friends and they were not part of those protesting. Many people have suffered in the hands of the police and denied justice. The incident has rekindled past experiences,” said Langat.
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Suluhu: Closer ties for Kenya and Tanzania




?President Samia Suluhu’s address to Parliament was a masterclass in charm, punctuated by periodic applause and stomping of feet by Kenyan lawmakers.

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