Florence expected to bring 'catastrophic' flooding to Carolinas
Florence expected to bring 'catastrophic' flooding to Carolinas
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16 September, 2018, 04:40
At least 150,000 people were without power in North Carolina early Friday with the brunt of the storm yet to come, according to utility companies.
State and local officials warned residents to remain vigilant as Hurricane Florence battered the Carolina coastline with 100-mph winds and surging sea levels.
After reaching a terrifying Category 4 peak of 140 mph earlier in the week, Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line, coming ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.
But North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned: "Don't relax, don't get complacent".
"It truly is really about the whole size of this storm", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said.
At 7 a.m., Florence was centered just 5 miles east of Wilmington, North Carolina.
"A turn toward the west-northwest and west at a slow forward speed is expected through Friday, followed by a slow west-southwestward motion Friday night and Saturday", the NHC said.
Florence's winds weakened as it drew closer to land, dropping from a peak of 140 miles per hour (225 kph) earlier in the week, and the hurricane was downgraded from a terrifying Category 4 to a 2.
Florence's top winds were clocked on Thursday evening at 90 miles per hour (150 km/h) as it churned in the Atlantic Ocean, down from a peak of 140 miles per hour (224 km/h) earlier this week when it was classified as a Category 4 storm before being downgraded.
In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door-to-door to pull people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse.
Listen up, Mother Nature, we are not about to be hit by a hurricane without putting up a fight the best way we know how...by roasting the storm through the use of jokes on the internet. The child's father was taken to a hospital. Paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris. A fourth person was killed in Lenoir County while plugging in a generator, the governor's office said. Also, a 77-year-old man was apparently knocked down by the wind and died after going out to check on his hunting dogs, Lenoir County authorities said, and the governor's office said a man was electrocuted while trying to connect extension cords in the rain.
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The evacuation order for the Lowcountry is lifted as Tropical Storm Florence moves out of the coast areas and into the Midlands. More than a million people along the coastlines of North Carolina , South Carolina and Virginia have been ordered to evacuate.
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Expert scientists, however, had said they were anxious about Brunswick because of scant public information about its readiness. 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.
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Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it was unclear how many did. There have been seven storm-related deaths since Florence , then a Category-1 hurricane , made landfall Friday morning.
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The American government is ready to deal with the aftermath of the hurricane but people should get out of the way, Trump said. Hurricane Florence hit Wilmington as a category 1 storm causing widespread damage and flooding along the Carolina coastline.
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And Hurricane Florence will take aim at the Southeast coast of the United States late this week, likely as a major hurricane . Evacuation orders have been lifted in several coastal SC counties as Florence continues to dump rain on the state.
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An additional 25 percent of deaths are related to rain, he said. "Even if you've ridden out storms before, this one is different". Jeff Byard of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency said it was imperative locals heed the evacuation warnings.
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