Hurricane Florence makes landfall in North Carolina
Hurricane Florence makes landfall in North Carolina
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15 September, 2018, 07:02
A tattered American flag seen flying on a live surf camera at Frying Pan Tower in North Carolina is evidence of the strong wind gusts pounding the coast.
Winds and waves began battering the Carolinas on Thursday as officials warned that Hurricane Florence - while weakening slightly - remains a "very risky storm" capable of wreaking havoc along a wide swathe of the US East Coast.
"This storm will bring destruction", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said. "Please keep that in mind", and consider leaving soon, Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said midmorning Thursday.
At least 12,000 people had taken refuge in 126 emergency shelters, Cooper said, with more facilities being opened.
At 11:00 pm (0300 GMT), Florence was over the Atlantic Ocean about 60 miles (95 kilometers) east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and moving northwest at six miles per hour, the NHC said. Forecasters say "it can not be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard posed by the slow-moving storm is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will be spreading inland". They stayed put during the "thousand-year rain" in 2015, when parts of South and North Carolina received more than a foot of rain in five days, and Hurricane Matthew in 2016, when the Category 1 hurricane caused surge flooding of 3 to 4 feet.
It is forecast to make landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina, at midday Friday.
North Carolina alone could see the equivalent of eight months of rain over two or three days, National Weather Service meteorologist Brandon Locklear said.
Forecasters are predicting the massive storm's relentless rains have the potential to produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding while also contributing to the potential for landslides across the mountains.
SC ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents while North Carolina announced an evacuation of the Outer Banks, a popular tourist destination.
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About 1.7 million people have been told to evacuate from coastal areas in the two Carolinas and Virginia.
The outer bands of the cyclone drenched the Carolinas on Thursday, flooding roads and knocking out power in an ominous glimpse of the damage it could inflict when it makes landfall on Friday. Hurricane-force winds extended 130 kilometres from its centre, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 315 kilometres.
"We're a little anxious about the storm surge so we came down to see what the river is doing now", Smith said.
As the last-minute evacuations and preparations of those who refuse to leave wound down, an eerie calm has settled over typically bustling Carolina cities. The evacuation of Wrightsville Beach remains in effect, House said.
Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
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Gillikin says the North Carolina Coastal Reserve stands ready to respond with whatever resources they can to help any animal suffering after the storm.
"Against my better judgment, due to emotionalism, I evacuated", he said.
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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When all is said and done, Florence could pour 40 inches of rain along some parts of the North Carolina coast, according to CNN . Ken Graham, the director of the National Hurricane Center, said: "It truly is really about the whole size of this storm".
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Marson said they'd lost power and the winds were howling outside, but they had enough food and water to last them for days. The National Hurricane Center described Florence's path as a wobble around southeastern North Carolina.
Readings of 15 miles per hour were already being recorded in Emerald Isle, a popular beach town on Bogue Banks near Cape Lookout. Overnight, Isaac began to fall apart as it encountered increasing atmospheric winds that help shred storms and neared dry air.
Video taken in several towns in the Carolinas showed emergency personnel wading through thigh-high water. After landfall, Florence slowed to a pace that meant it would plague the area with days of flooding.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles. According to NHC: "A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.
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