Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall in US

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Doris Mccormick | 14 September, 2018, 21:43

"Nothing's hit the house yet, but it's still blowing".

Wilmington should be ready for a prolonged and devastating impact as Hurricane Florence roars over Southeastern North Carolina on Friday. "Don't plan to leave once the winds and rains start". A gust of 170kph was recorded at Wilmington airport, surpassing the power of Hurricane Fran two decades ago.

A buoy off the North Carolina coast recorded waves almost 30 feet (9 meters) high as Florence churned toward shore.

Hurricane Florence's leading edge is battering the Carolina coast, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets, as the hulking storm closes in with 160kph winds for a drenching siege that could last all weekend.

"This threat will continue into next week", said Jeff Stern, Virginia's state coordinator of emergency management, during a Thursday evening news conference.

North Carolina corrections officials said more than 3000 people were relocated from adult prisons and juvenile centres in the path of Florence, and more than 300 county prisoners were transferred to state facilities. During the week of landfall (which in Florence's case began early Friday morning on the North Carolina coast), inflows to the accounts dropped by over 20 percent, or approximately $400 on average.

Coastal towns in the Carolinas were largely empty, and schools and businesses closed as far south as Georgia. When all is said and done, Florence could pour 40 inches of rain along some parts of the North Carolina coast, according to CNN.

Once a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 140 miles per hour (225 km/h), the hurricane was downgraded to a Category 1 on Thursday night in the US.

Ken Graham, the director of the National Hurricane Center, said: "It truly is really about the whole size of this storm".

Hurricane Florence close to landfall in N. Carolina
New Bern is a city along the Neuse River and is near the Atlantic coast, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northeast of Wilmington. Hurricane-force winds , which stretch up to 80 miles from the storm's center, will be felt in North and SC by Thursday night.


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Not everyone was taking Florence too seriously: About two dozen locals gathered Thursday night behind the boarded-up windows of The Barbary Coast bar as Florence blew into Wilmington.

"This is our only home".

Cheryl Browning, who lives with her husband and son in North Carolina, said they chose to stay put despite the warnings as they also have three dogs and three parrots. At a Thursday briefing on Florence, Long said he was working with the IG's office "to make improvements to make sure we are running programs and policies according to regulation".

Big storm: Florence is about 645 kilometres wide, with hurricane-force winds stretching across a 255km span. Through Sunday evening, more than 20 inches of rain could fall in southeast North Carolina and far northeast SC on top of what has already fallen. "The larger and the slower the storm is, the greater the threat and the impact - and we have that".

"The time to prepare is nearly over", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a morning news conference.

Hurricane Florence lumbered ashore in North Carolina with howling 90 miles per hour winds and terrifying storm surge early Friday, ripping apart buildings and knocking out power to a half-million homes and businesses as it settled in for what could be a long and extraordinarily destructive drenching.

Populated coastline: 11 million Americans live in areas under storm watches and warnings. NASA via AP In this September 12, 2018 photo provided by NASA, Hurricane Florence churns over the Atlantic Ocean heading for the US east coast as seen from the International Space Station.

Potential losses: private meteorologists estimate $10 billion to $60 billion in economic damages.

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