Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Hurricane Florence lashes U.S. east coast, triggers flood warnings

Millions brace for Hurricane Florence to make landfall Millions brace for Hurricane Florence to make landfall
Ellis Copeland | 15 September, 2018, 20:12

More than 415,000 homes and businesses were without power on Friday morning, according to poweroutage.us which tracks the nation's electrical grid.

As of 5 a.m., Florence was 25 miles (55 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina.

"We moved all the furniture up in case the water comes in but the water seems to be staying at the edge of the driveway", he said, adding that if the wind picks up and the rain keeps coming, that could change.

It's now pummeling the coast of North Carolina with 90mph winds and heavy rain, the CNN reported Friday.

More than 22,600 people were housed in 150 shelters statewide, including schools, churches and Wake Forest University's basketball arena. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.

In New Bern, North Carolina, Mayor Dana Outlaw said early Friday that more than 100 water rescues had been undertaken after floodwaters reached more than 10 feet.

At least a foot of rain has already occurred even before the landfall with inundations along with some parts observing power outages.

It was expected to begin pushing its way westward across SC later in the day, in a watery siege that could go on all weekend.

Some areas could receive as much as 40 inches of rain, forecasters said. Winds were gusting between 68 miles per hour and 75 miles per hour during the evacuation, they said. "Plant procedures call for the reactors to be shut down before the anticipated onset of hurricane-force winds", agency spokesman Joey Ledford told CNN. "These are folks who are maybe in one-story buildings and they're seeing the floodwaters rise". Expert scientists, however, had said they were anxious about Brunswick because of scant public information about its readiness.

One of the rescuers in New Bern was Jason Weinmann, a retired Marine who has a military troop transport vehicle he bought at a government auction.

Craven County spokeswoman Amber Parker said water in low-lying places filled the first and second floors of homes.

"This storm has been hovering over us for a while, and we expect it to continue to hover over us", she said.

"About 11:30, 12 (midnight), the water came into the house". Florence dumped more than 20 inches on Oriental, N.C., the NHC said.

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She, her husband and three children went up into the attic for a while, but the winds howled and the family descended to an upper floor bedroom.

"Either no (hotel) rooms are available, or we are denied because the breed or size of dogs", she said.

Eventually a citizen rescue crew came with a boat.

None of the people rescued were injured.

Coastal and river communities on the north side of Florence are getting the worst of the flooding as the hurricane swirls onto land pushing a life-threatening storm surge.

24 hour rainfall totals from Thursday to Friday ranged from about five inches in Wilmington to nearly 10 inches near Morehead City.

"I have no generator", said Petra Langston, a nurse.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, city officials posted photos * a href="https://www.facebook.com/JacksonvilleNC.gov/?tn-str=k*F" target="_blank" rel="noopener" *of toppled gas pumps and a downed trees early Friday, warning residents to take shelter and avoid roadways.

However, rains will still be life threatening over North Carolina, South Carolina along with Virginia.

Sandie Orsa is waiting out Hurricane Florence in a hotel in Wilmington.

Blowing ashore with howling 90 miles per hour winds, Florence splintered buildings, trapped hundreds of people and swamped entire communities along the Carolina coast Friday in what could be just the opening act in a watery, two-part, slow-motion disaster.

Florence was moving west-southwest at about 7kmh, with its centre located over eastern SC. Then it will swing to the northeast in the middle of next week on a path to the Atlantic Ocean near Nova Scotia, where it will be an extratropical low with gale-force winds.

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