TROPICAL Storm Eta has killed four people – including one man who was electrocuted in Florida – as Florida and North Carolina have been slammed.
While Eta has not been the most powerful storm to hit the United States this year, the tropical storm still left at least four people dead.
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In North Carolina’s Alexander County, at least three people have been confirmed dead because of the seven to 10 inches of rain the area saw overnight, causing flooding.
Officials said they were still searching for two people, including a one-year-old.
In Manatee County, Florida, Mark Mixon was electrocuted while at home on Wednesday.
Officials there said the person was laying sandbags around his home when he stepped in water – and didn’t realize an appliance was plugged in.
“I’m sure he didn’t realize the appliance was plugged in or the appliance was underwater and that’s what happens, it’s a scary situation.”
Diaz added a friend tried to save the man but couldn’t without electrocuting himself.
Tropical Storm Eta forced some bridges in Tampa Bay to be closed off because of storm surge, but they were reopening on Thursday.
JP Brewer, owner of Salty’s Gulfport bar, said her restaurant along the beach was flooded from Eta.
“It was pretty bad last night when I came in,” she told The Associated Press.
Brewer said there were already three to four inches of water inside the restaurant before high tide.
“I’ve been here almost eight years and we’ve never had water damage,” Brewer said. “This is the worst I’ve seen.”
Firefighters in Tampa rescued around a dozen people who got stuck in storm surge flooding near the bay.
Some vehicles remained on the nearby roadway on Thursday and some nearhby neighborhoods had to evacuate.
The storm had stayed around the Gulf of Mexico since crossing over South Florida on Sunday.
The Tampa Bay region is home to more than 3.5million people across five counties along Florida’s coast.
No mandatory evacuations were ordered, but authorities opened shelters for anyone needing them.
Local media reported that only a handful of people showed up to those shelters.
President Donald Trump approved a federal emergency declaration for 13 counties along or near the Gulf Coast, adding them to South Florida counties the storm that were previously hit.
Eta first hit Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane and killed at least 120 people in Central America and Mexico, with more people missing.
It was the 28th named storm of a busy Atlantic hurricane season, tying the 2005 record for named storms.
A 29th named system, Tropical Storm Theta, was centered on Thursday about 455 miles south-southwest of the Azores and moving east.
Scientists say climate change is to blame for stronger, wetter, more dangerous and destructive storms.