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Hurricane Florence: Life-threatening storm starts to lash Carolinas

Hurricane Florence: Life-threatening storm starts to lash Carolinas

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device Tens of thousands of homes are without power and sea water is sloshing through coastal streets as Hurricane Florence begins lashing the US East Coast.The hurricane is moving towards land with maximum sustained wind speeds of 90mph (150 km/h).It lost power as it approached North and South Carolina, but officials warn it could still kill "a lot of people" amid risks of "catastrophic" flooding.Evacuation warnings are in place for more than a million people.The governor of North Carolina, where Florence is expected to make landfall later on Friday local time, said surviving the storm would be a test of "endurance, teamwork, common sense, and patience"."The first bands of the storm are upon us but we hav...
'I'm dealing with life-threatening situations – but I'm not a clinician, I'm a mum'

'I'm dealing with life-threatening situations – but I'm not a clinician, I'm a mum'

Health
"She can have up to up to 40 seizures a day - potentially each one could be dangerous." Hayley Smallman's 15-year-old daughter Holly has a series of complex, life-limiting health conditions. Her cerebral palsy, chronic lung disease and epilepsy mean she needs 24-hour care at their home in Liverpool. It is estimated there are 40,000 children like Holly living with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions in England alone. Many of them need palliative care round-the-clock, which is largely provided at home by their families but with the support of community children's nurses and community paediatricians. 'Alone and scared'Hayley says: "I have a community matron and a community physio. They work Monday to Friday, 9am till 5pm. They are great."But when it comes to out-of-hours and weekend...