Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Hurricane Florence close to landfall in N. Carolina

21 Hurricane Florence Could Bring Up To 30 Inches Of Rain To Carolinas Hurricane Florence Could Bring Up To 30 Inches Of Rain To Carolinas
Doris Mccormick | 14 September, 2018, 18:41

Hurricane-force winds, which stretch up to 80 miles from the storm's center, will be felt in North and SC by Thursday night.

FlightAware expects the number of cancellations to rise, although "the limited number of hubs being impacted by Florence will likely limit the scale of disruption that cascades through the national air travel system", spokeswoman Sara Orsi said in a statement.

Hurricane Florence is predicted to bring "catastrophic flash flooding" to parts of North and SC, along with strong winds and a massive storm surge.

According to the 8 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Florence is about 170 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, N.C., and about 220 miles east of Myrtle Beach, S.C. It is moving to the northwest at 12 mph, which is 3 mph slower than what the hurricane center reported at 5 a.m. The storm was moving northwest at 12 miles per hour.

Hurricane Florence crashed into the Carolinas as a giant, slow-moving storm on Friday, threatening catastrophic flooding while leaving scores in need of rescue from rising waters and hundreds of thousands without power.

There was some good news overnight.

By Friday afternoon, the Triangle's roads could see flooding.

New Bern is a city along the Neuse River and is near the Atlantic coast, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northeast of Wilmington.

Nearly 160,000 customers already were without power in North Carolina Thursday evening - and that number is likely to rise. Cherry pickers jutted into the darkening sky, and rusty utility pole drills stood at the ready. A mile-long convoy of fix trucks could be seen moving between staging points in Raleigh.

So far, utilities have reported 80,000 customers without power because of Florence.

It's about the water, not the wind, with Hurricane Florence making an extended stay along the North Carolina coast.

On the forecast track, the center of Florence will approach the coasts of North and SC later today, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and eastern SC in the hurricane warning area tonight and Friday.

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"Watch out, America! #HurricaneFlorence is so enormous, we could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens from the @Space_Station, 400 km directly above the eye", German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted. But he expected to be able to ride the storm out. That's enough to fill more than 15 million Olympic-size swimming pools.

"There is some damage ... but it is still standing strong".

"I've never been one to leave for a storm but this one kind of had me spooked", Epperson said.

Despite pleas from officials, some residents rejected calls to evacuate.

Cheryl Browning lives with her husband and son, who has terminal cancer, in Richlands, North Carolina. They also have three dogs and three parrots.

How big is Hurricane Florence? .

"It's not the middle of a hurricane yet, so why not come for a beer?" said Waters, 54. Buses have transported 68 residents to shelters. "So since we can't find anything within our means ... we've opted to stay". "It's a big one", he said at the White House. It's a kind gesture but doesn't alleviate Browning's fear.

When fierce winds keep up for a long time, homes are "going to start to deteriorate". "But I think it'll be OK".

"Inland flooding kills a lot of people".

Besides inundating the coast with wind-driven storm surges of seawater as high as 13 feet (four meters) along the Carolina coast, Florence could dump 20 to 30 inches (51-76 cm) of rain, with up to 40 inches in parts of North Carolina, the NHC said.

Farther from the epicenter, surges between 6-to-9 feet are expected near Myrtle Beach and Ocracoke Inlet.

He said he usually doesn't make the pizzas himself, but he was on Thursday because "everybody is scared", including most of his staff. Evacuation orders are in place in the Carolinas and Virginia, and Georgia is in a state of emergency.

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