Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
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Florence Close To Landfall In North Carolina, Bringing Huge Storm Surge

Florence Close To Landfall In North Carolina, Bringing Huge Storm Surge

Florence's winds weakened as it drew closer to land, dropping from a peak of 225 kph earlier in the week, and the hurricane was downgraded from a terrifying category four to a two.

Coastal North Carolina felt the first bite of Hurricane Florence on Thursday as winds began to rise, a prelude to the slow-moving tempest that forecasters warned would cause catastrophic flooding across a wide swath of the us southeast.

Hurricane Florence has just about reached the cost of the Carolinas, set to bring heavy rain and damaging winds to the area tomorrow and through the weekend.

About 1.7 million residents across the states' coastlines are under mandatory evacuation orders, and tens of thousands of hospital patients and prison inmates have been moved out of Florence's path. It is forecast to make landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina, at midday Friday.

"This storm will bring destruction", said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. North Carolina will likely see eight months' worth of rain in two to three days, said National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear in a video briefing.

The United States Geological Survey recorded flood water 10.01 feet deep in the town of New Bern in North Carolina.

The hurricane centre also said the threat of tornadoes was increasing as the storm neared shore. "We've prepared all our supplies at home and frankly, we were bored". "And the vast majority of the time they are OK", she said. "It's not the middle of a hurricane yet, so why not come for a beer?" said Waters, 54. Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and he said it will still be an extremely risky storm for rain and storm surge. "I am frightened about what's coming".

She also said residents don't need to live next to a river or creek to experience catastrophic flooding in their basements.

Hurricane-force winds began whipping North Carolina as federal emergency management officials warned that the hurricane remained a "very risky storm" capable of wreaking havoc along a wide swathe of the coast.

"We will reopen these stores only after we have conducted a post-hurricane assessment and determined that it is safe for our employees and customers to return", the bank said in a statement.

Already Thursday, streets were transformed into raging streams and massive waves surged along the Outer Banks. That puts it at the upper range of Category 2 storms, which have winds from 96 to 110 miles per hour.

It's unclear exactly how many people evacuated, but more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.

More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm approached, and more than 12,000 were in shelters.

"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. "The combination of a risky storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline". Florence has weakened a bit over the past 24 hours, but it has also grown larger and will likely dump torrential rain over North and SC through Monday.

Despite pleas from officials, some residents rejected calls to evacuate.

He spent the last few hours of calm before the storm visiting those who stayed, collecting contact information for their next-of-kin.

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