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Florence expected to bring 'catastrophic' flooding to Carolinas

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Doris Mccormick | 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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At least 12,000 people had taken refuge in 126 emergency shelters, Cooper said, with more facilities being opened. Since midnight, peak wind gusts reached 32 miles per hour in Raleigh and 47 miles per hour in Fayetteville.


Hurricane Florence strengthened a bit, but then tapped on the brakes as it approached the North Carolina coast Thursday evening.

"The water kept rising and kept rising", he said.

No area in the United States would be able to easily deal with Hurricane Florence, but the communities in its path this time are more vulnerable than in the past. "My wife's in a panic right now".

Power outages and flood-related damage to pumps caused by the hurricane will also disrupt pipeline operations, threatening petroleum supplies in this region.

Eudy said his family stayed in their home partly to protect their house.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the tweet said. "This is a 500- or 1,000-year event".

Roads and intersections on North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands were inundated.

More than 22,600 people in North Carolina were housed in 150 shelters statewide, including schools, churches and Wake Forest University's basketball arena.

The storm's center was about 50 miles south of Morehead City at around 11 p.m. EST (0300 GMT Friday).

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that protecting lives is his "absolute highest priority".

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