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Doris Mccormick | 15 September, 2018, 00:18

Hurricane Florence brought a storm surge of some 3 meters (10 feet) as it began battering the USA east coast early on Friday.

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Florence should continue losing strength as it menders along the coast, weakening further as the storm travels across inland SC on Saturday, the weather service said.

"It truly is really about the whole size of this storm", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham told The Associated Press.

The storm has slowed down and is forecast to travel across SC after it makes landfall.

The Weather Channel produced a terrifying Hurricane Florence weather forecast using a visualization to show the horrifying reality of what 9-foot flood waters might look like in North Carolina.

"I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", said Ballance, owner of a seafood restaurant that was flooded. We will have tropical storm force winds and rain and storm surge continues to be our main concern with extreme flooding.

Then there's Tropical Storm Joyce, a relative newcomer, that is moving southwestward about 1,090 miles west-southwest of the Azores, packing winds of 40 mph and moving at 8 mph.

The Wilmington airport had a wind gust clocked at 105 miles per hour (169 kph), the highest since Hurricane Helene in 1958, the weather service said.

Hurricane Florence lashes USA east coast, triggers flood warnings
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.


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The outer bands of Hurricane Florence began battering the coast of North and South Carolina Thursday with strong winds and rain.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper encouraged those in the path of the storm to take immediate action.

Municipal power agencies are reporting few outages, except New Bern, which had 17,820 customers without power, according to ElectriCities, the organization that supports the local power agencies.

A state of emergency has been declared in five coastal states - North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia.

After it weakens inland, Florence is predicted to turn northward, raising concern about how additional rainfall - even from a significantly weakened storm - will impact the southwestern portion of the commonwealth, which is already water-logged. "Trees are blowing down in the wind".

More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it is not clear how many left.

The downtown area of the city of 30,000 people was underwater and around 150 people were waiting to be rescued, city authorities said on Twitter.

With many employees at risk, Novartis said it has temporarily stopped pharmaceutical production at their Wilson, North Carolina site.

The National Hurricane Center said late Thursday that Florence had already brought a life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds to the North Carolina coast. Its surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet (3.4 meters) of ocean water, and days of downpours could unload more than 3 feet (0.9 meters) of rain, touching off severe flooding.

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