Woman's HOME washed away in North Carolina flood where four dead

Moment woman’s HOME floats away in North Carolina flash floods after Storm Fred battered the state leaving four people dead and five more missing

  • Manna Ndeejay Lynn, from Canton, North Carolina, filmed her home and car getting washed away in the aftermath of Tropical Depression Fred
  • Four people are dead in Haywood County and five remain missing 
  • On Friday afternoon, officials named two of those killed as Frank Mungo, 86, and Frankline McKenzie, 68. Both came from the village of Cruso  
  • Meteorologists are also keeping watch on Tropical Storm Henri and Hurricane Grace, which lashed Haiti and could effect New England on August 25 
  • Henri has been named as the eighth storm of the season after it initially formed near Bermuda on Monday
  • Hurricane Grace struck Mexico’s Caribbean coast just south of the ancient Mayan temples of Tulum Thursday, knocking out power to thousands

A North Carolina woman filmed the moment her home and car were washed away by floodwaters in North Carolina in the aftermath of Storm Fred.

Four people were killed in Haywood County and five remain missing as of yesterday, after flash flooding devastated rural areas of the state and left behind a wave of tornadoes and mudslides.  

Manna Ndeejay Lynn took the video on August 17 from a dry hill in Canton, North Carolina after intense flooding swept through Haywood County, taking Lynn’s home along with it.

Tropical Storm Fred is barreling up the Northeast coast towards New England and is expected to become a hurricane on Friday night. It will be the first hurricane to strike New England for 30 years. 

In the video she can be heard crying and sarcastically said ‘oh good it missed my car,’ as the home is seen floating away.  

Lynn posted photos of the flood’s aftermath to a GoFundMe page titled Help Lynn Family To Rebuild, where she revealed her house crashed into another uprooted home 

Manna Ndeejay Lynn took the video on August 17 from a dry hill in Canton, North Carolina after intense flooding swept through Haywood County, taking Lynn’s home along with it

In the video she can be heard crying and sarcastically said ‘oh good it missed my car,’ as the home is seen floating away

Lynn posted a photo of her car once the water subsided and the airbag went off, the windows were shattered and the interior was completely coated in mud

In a Facebook post documenting the storm’s destruction Lynn wrote: ‘The absolute worst devastation I have ever witnessed’

In a Facebook post documenting the storm’s destruction Lynn wrote: ‘The absolute worst devastation I have ever witnessed. I am safe but numb right now and could use lots and lots of prayers.’  

Lynn posted photos of the flood’s aftermath to a GoFundMe page titled Help Lynn Family To Rebuild, where she revealed her house crashed into another uprooted home.

‘This is my house – what’s left of it anyway,’ Lynn said in the video. 

‘Collision course with someone else’s house which tore apart probably half of it so it’s in half,’ she added.

Lynn (pictured left with her husband) started a GoFundMe to help her and her family rebuild

‘This is my house – what’s left of it anyway,’ Lynn said in a video she posted of the aftermath to GoFundMe. On Facebook Lynn asked for ‘lots and lots of prayers’

‘This is my house – what’s left of it anyway,’ Lynn said in a video she posted of the aftermath to GoFundMe. On Facebook Lynn asked for ‘lots and lots of prayers’

In a Facebook post documenting the storm’s destruction Lynn wrote: ‘The absolute worst devastation I have ever witnessed’

Lynn also posted a photo of her car crushed under the side of a house once the water subsided.

The airbag had gone off, the windows are shattered and the interior is completely coated in mud. 

Four bodies have so far been recovered in Haywood County as rescuers continue to search for those reported missing in the flash floods. 

On Friday afternoon, officials named two of those killed as Frank Mungo, 86, and Frankline McKenzie, 68, according to WPDE. 

Both were from the village of Cruso, and were killed in flash flooding when water breached the banks of the Pigeon River.

Haywood County Sheriff Greg Christopher said: ‘We would like to extend our sympathies to all the families who have been affected by this tragedy and most especially to those who have lost loved ones.’

Drone and K-9 teams are being used to search for five more people who remain missing.

Remnants of the tropical storm – which was downgraded to a tropical depression as it moved across North Carolina, dumped about 12 inches of rain in some areas of the state, according to the North Carolina Weather Authority and prompted ‘nearly 45 tornado warnings’. 

Many roads remained impassable or completely washed away in the western part of the state Wednesday morning as emergency officials in Haywood County were traveling by foot and ATVs to search for the people who were unaccounted for.

The tropical storm was downgraded to a tropical depression as it moved across North Carolina, dumping about 12 inches of rain in some areas of the state

Canton Mayor Zeb Smathers said he saw businesses and homes completely submerged on Tuesday night when, at 8.30pm

Emergency officials in Haywood County were traveling by foot and ATVs to search for the people who were unaccounted for

Many roads remained impassable or completely washed away in the western part of the state Wednesday morning

Flash flooding devastated rural North Carolina and left behind tornadoes and mudslides

In each case the individuals had not been heard from since the storm came through on Tuesday afternoon, officials said in a news conference Wednesday morning. 

Canton Mayor Zeb Smathers said he saw businesses and homes completely submerged on Tuesday night when, at 8.30pm, life-threating floods moved down the Pigeon River and people were advised to evacuate to higher ground immediately. 

Cell phone service was also down as of Wednesday morning, with more than 18,000 North Carolinians without power.

Meanwhile, a local soup kitchen that had been in operation for the past 12 years lost about 200,000 pounds of food in the storm.

A road could be seen here lifted up from the ground as tornadoes passed through the area

Cell phone service was down Wednesday morning, with more than 18,000 North Carolinians without electricity

Several rivers flooded nearby towns in the storm 

Some roads have washed away completely, making it impossible to transverse

Roads throughout the state were flooded, with vehicles stuck in the mud

‘This is obviously nasty,’ County Chairman Chris Jennings said. ‘I’m sure there’s sewage in it and everything else.

‘I know people lost their homes last night,’ he added. ‘I know people lost everything they have, so for us to be down, it’s not a real good time for us to be down.’ 

It blew through the area with more than 30 mile per hour winds, with the risk for flash flooding Tuesday night ‘as high as it gets,’ according to meteorologist Kat Campbell.

The storm also caused a rockslide on Interstate 40, creating a major traffic back-up, and the Swannanoa River breached Highway 70 and was rushing into the street, not to mention it spawned at least two tornadoes north of Charlottesville. 

By the end of the night in North Carolina, state and local crews rescued nearly 100 people

Crews used rafts to float up to people’s houses, many of which were still submerged 

Emergency rescue crews were out Wednesday morning looking for survivors of Tropical Depression Fred, which ravaged North Carolina Tuesday night 

An alert said: ‘To repeat, a tornado is on the ground. TAKE COVER NOW.’

The first tornado was reported at 11.45am and the second about an hour later 

The first tornado was reported at 11.45am in Alexander County, causing ‘numerous trees’ to collapse but no injuries or damages to homes or buildings reported, according to the Charlotte Observer.

Then at 12.36pm a second tornado was confirmed 13miles south of Statesville, near the rural community of Harmony, according to the National Weather Service in Greer, South Carolina.

‘To repeat, a tornado is on the ground,’ an alert said. ‘TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an anterior room on the lowest floor of a study building. Avoid windows.

‘If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.

‘Heavy rainfall may hide this tornado. Do not wait to hear the tornado. TAKE COVER NOW.’

The tornado then moved north at 25 miles per hour before dissipating, the Observer reported. No injuries or damage were immediately reported and nearly three hours later there was another unconfirmed report of a tornado near Drexel.

Storm Fred first touched down in Florida on Monday, and blasted through Georgia and the Carolinas during the week.

One person was killed in Florida when his car hydroplaned near Panama City and overturned in a ditch, Tampa Bay Times reports. 

The storm is now losing steam as it moves up the eastern seaboard with flash flood warnings extending into New York State. 

Meanwhile, meteorologists are also keeping watch on Tropical Storm Henri and Hurricane Grace, which lashed Haiti – a country already suffering from an earthquake – dumping up to 10 inches of rain on people huddling under make-shift shelters.

Sustained winds grew to 65 miles per hour on Wednesday with a hurricane warning going into effect for Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula as the tropical storm is expected to progress to a Category One hurricane on Saturday before it hits the northeastern US and Canadian coast next week. 

A man steps from his car in Tropical Storm Henri’s flood waters along Quinsigamond Avenue in Worcester on Thursday, August 19

Construction worker Ricardo Reyes helps get Vanny Lima and her children to safety after Henri left her car stuck in rising floodwater in Worcester, Massachusetts on Thursday, August 19 

As of Wednesday afternoon Henri was about 795miles south-southeast off Nantucket in Cape Cod as it heads west at 8 miles per hour.

The storm’s top winds may reach up to 85 miles per hour on Saturday with winds extending to 80miles from Henri’s center.

The National Hurricane Center reported that as Henri moves west it could affect the New England coast and Nova Scotia on August 25.

NHC public affairs officer Dennis Feltgen said: ‘There is a lot of uncertainty, more than usual, in the track forecast of Henri this weekend and early next week.

‘As it stands now, there is some risk of direct impacts from Henri in portions of the northeastern US and Atlantic Canada during that time frame.’

Henri could also weaken back into a tropical storm before making landfall on the northeast – a tropical storm reaches hurricane status after sustaining winds of 74 miles per hour or higher.

Henri has been named as the eighth storm of the season after it initially formed near Bermuda on Monday.

Forecasts have shown the storm swirling south of Bermuda and heading up north several hundred miles of North Carolina.

A tropical storm watch was cancelled for Bermuda with the possibility of storm conditions on Wednesday night.

Sea swelling is expected to the hit coast of Bermuda and the mid-Atlantic coast of the US later in the week, sparking fears of surges and floods.

As Henri’s path continues to change, some models show the storm upgrading to a Category 1 hurricane with others seeing the storm pass off-shore 

The storm is expected to strengthen into a hurricane in the Atlantic as it approaches southern New England on Friday 

A Storm Surge Watch has been issued for the possibility of storm surge inundation as high as 3 to 5ft above ground level for New England

The National Weather Service warned of the potential for damaging winds and widespread coastal flooding from Henri as the weekend approaches

US East-Coasters may have to brace for Henri nearly ten years after doing the same Hurricane Sandy, which hit in late October 2012.

Sandy was a Category Two storm that sustained top winds of 80 miles per hour as it struck the US Atlantic coast.

The damage endured by the storm was some of the most expensive in history as a reported $70 billion in damage occurred.

The storm left 20,000 households displaced and killed over a hundred people.

Hurricane Grace struck Mexico’s Caribbean coast just south of the ancient Mayan temples of Tulum Thursday, tearing the roofs off some homes, knocking out power to thousands and keeping tourists off beaches.

The state had opened shelters and evacuated some hotels and residents ahead of the storm’s arrival. 

Quintana Roo Governor Carlos Joaquín said the storm had knocked out power to some 84,000 customers in Cancun and 65,000 in Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Puerto Aventura and Tulum. But he said there were no reported deaths.

More than 300 people have been evacuated from their homes in Quintana Roo state, according to the governor, Carlos Joaquín.

Hurricane Grace made landfall on Mexico’s Caribbean coast near Tulum on Thursday. Mexico and Puerto Veracruz to Cabo Rojo (pictured) have been issued a hurricane warning 

Grace is expected to hit mainland Mexico late Friday or early Saturday morning and is 260 miles off the coast of Tuxpan as for 4am

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