Florence, a wet and unwanted visitor, besieges Carolinas

15 September, 2018, 16:00 | Author: Regina Boyd
  • Hurricane Florence causes 'catastrophic' flooding after hitting US coast

More than 125,000 customers were without power Friday as Hurricane Florence arrived in Wilmington with full force, bringing wind, storm surges and historic rain. The storm is expected to turn west and then north moving through the Carolinas and the Ohio Valley by Monday, the NHC said early on Saturday.

A new 5-minute video from the space station shows Florence coming ashore in the USA for the first time.

Another reason, according to the National Hurricane Center, is that South Carolina's current forecast has Florence traveling down the coastline and heading inland near Myrtle Beach about 2 p.m. Saturday.

NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold also captured Florence making landfall from his spot on the orbiting outpost. "Not only that, but the wind field actually expands as the center of circulation starts to lose some intensity, you'll start to get hurricane force winds further out from the storm".

As Florence moves further inland over the coming days, the storm is expected to gradually weaken.

By mid-afternoon the winds had dropped to 75 miles per hour (120 kph) and the center was moving west at 6 miles per hour (10 kph), the NHC said, and parts of North and SC would get as much as 40 inches of rain (1 meter).

Significant flooding was being reported Friday along the Neuse, Pamlico and Pungo rivers in coastal North Carolina due to storm surge.

City officials sent out an dramatic tweet about 2am Friday as rivers swelled, tides crested and the rain wouldn't stop, and people found themselves trapped in their homes as the water rose.

Florence was expected to make landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina, at midday, and forecasters said its size meant it could batter the U.S. East Coast with hurricane-force winds for almost a full day.

Hurricane Florence made landfall at Wrightsville Beach about 7:15 a.m. Friday as a Category 1 hurricane (74-95 mph).

Preparing for the worst, about 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians were deployed with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats.

The Miami-based center says Florence is bringing "catastrophic" fresh water flooding over a wide area of the Carolinas.

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

As of 5 a.m., Florence was 25 miles (55 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina. Wind gusts of 105 miles per hour - the highest recorded since 1958 - were reported in Wilmington Friday morning.

Airlines canceled more than 2,100 flights through Sunday.

"You have water coming onshore and you can rainfall coming down that's trying to move out", he said.

More than 60 people, including many children, were evacuated from a hotel in Jacksonville, North Carolina, after strong winds collapsed part of the roof.

There were still north of 900,000 people without power in SC and North Carolina combined early Saturday.

"To those in the storm's path, if you can hear me, please stay sheltered in place", he said at a news conference in Raleigh, adding that Florence would "continue its violent grind across the state for days".

At least four people have died, but authorities fear the death toll with increase as the storm crawls westward Saturday across SC.

"We hope to have something left when we get home", she said.

She said the shop, with an electric generator, was safer than their nearby home.

CORRECTING GRAMMAR AND TYPO IN CITY NAME People are rescued by members of the U.S. Army during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of New Bern, North Carolina, U.S., September 14, 2018.

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