Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
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Wind, flooded roads herald approach of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina

Wind, flooded roads herald approach of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina

According to, the National Hurricane Center said Florence was moving northwest at about 12 miles per hour and located 170 miles southeast of North Carolina and about 220 miles southeast of Myrtle Beach. It's not clear yet where the storm will park, but local forecasts have predicted some areas could receive 30-40 inches of rain depending on where the storm sits. "Several million will probably lose power".

"With the storm expected to linger, power restoration work could take weeks instead of days".

Hurricane Florence is being seen as a monster of a storm zeroing in on the Southeastern coast with more than 10 million people in its potentially devastating sights.

Duke Energy serves 4 million people in the Carolinas.

Catastrophic effects will be felt outside the center of the storm due to storm surge surge as high as 9 to 13 feet. The Charleston area is under a storm surge watch.

"We're a little anxious about the storm surge so we came down to see what the river is doing now", said Linda Smith, 67, a retired nonprofit director.

"Even after Hurricane Florence makes landfall, it's still forecast to just crawl west over SC, gradually weakening to a tropical storm", said FOX 46 Meteorologist Tara Lane.

We've pulled together some of the key elements that explain why officials are so anxious, and what damage Florence could cause.

According to the NHC's forecast discussion at 12 p.m. on September 13: "The subtropical ridge to the northeast and east of Florence is now well-established between Bermuda and the USA mid-Atlantic region and extends westward into Virginia and the central Appalachians".

The hurricane is expected to weaken into a tropical depression as it continues westward into SC and Georgia.

"I'm not approaching Florence from fear or panic", he said. "We just want prayers from everyone".

Officials in New Hanover County, which includes Wilmington, have stockpiled enough food and water for 60,000 people for four days, along with more than 28,000 tarps. Shelters in the city were filling and some people were being bused inland to Raleigh, even though some residents there were told they might have to evacuate because of flooding. But one thing it might actually help is to reduce the overall wind speed, though we're still going to have gusty winds around here which combined with that wet soil could bring down some trees. "But no matter how bad it's going to be, it will pass and our job will be to rebuild this community together, and that's what we're going to do". When Alexander Gerst and Ricky Arnold, astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS), attempted to photograph Hurricane Florence, the storm was so big they "could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens", according to Gerst. We spoke to those braced for Florence's looming arrival. "People are taking down awnings and U-Haul trucks have come in and take the entire contents of stores".

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