Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
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Florence sits on doorstep of Carolinas with projected winds of 100mph

Florence sits on doorstep of Carolinas with projected winds of 100mph

There also could be significant beach erosion in some area, the weather service said.

Hurricane categories only consider the wind speed, Silverman said, and "a hurricane is so much more than just the wind". But these winds combined with a giant storm surge and deluge of rain are brewing havoc along the coast.

Forecasters say the center of the eye of Hurricane Florence is about to make landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina.

Hurricane Irma destroyed Kathy Griffin's house in Florida a year ago, and it could be days before she finds out whether Florence smashed her fifth-story condominium in Wrightsville Beach, where authorities said utilities could be out for days or weeks. Some residents have reported that they are trapped in their attics and on their roofs as storm surge has flooded the lower levels of their homes.

"The worst of the storm is not yet here but these are early warnings of the days to come", he said. "Surviving this storm will be a test of endurance, teamwork, common sense and patience". Another 400 people were in shelters in Virginia, where forecasts were less dire.

Prisoners were affected, too.

Power suppliers report more than 350,000 outages in North Carolina, the bulk along the coast.

At least 12,000 people had taken refuge in 126 emergency shelters, Cooper said, with more facilities being opened. He urged people to stay off roads during peak storm conditions and warned against driving through standing floodwater.

Sheets of rain splattered against windows of a hotel before daybreak in Wilmington, where Sandie Orsa of Wilmington sat in a lobby lit by emergency lights after the power failed.

Coastal streets were inundated with ocean water, causing damage to dozens of homes and businesses, officials said.

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

The warning expires at 6 a.m. Sunday. Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds reached out to 195 miles (315 kilometers).

Forecasters' European climate model is predicting that 2 trillion to 11 trillion gallons of rain will fall on North Carolina over the next week, according to meteorologist Ryan Maue of

The US east coast girded for a battering from Hurricane Florence late Thursday as the monster storm's outer edge began lashing the Carolinas with heavy wind and rain, which forecasters warned could trigger life-threatening floods even as it further weakened.

Forecasters predict as much as 101 centimeters (40 inches) of rain for some parts of North Carolina and storm surges as high as 4 meters - taller than many houses.

It remains a Category 1 hurricane with top sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph), but a gust of 112 miles per hour (180 kph) was reported just offshore. In some counties, almost 1 in 3 people live below the poverty line.

"We'll operate without power; we have candles".

Corps staff can also help places needing temporary power, temporary roofing and housing and ill be part of preliminary damage assessments, Alexander said.

Others were at home hoping for the best.

By then, Craven County had already gotten more than 100 calls from people who said they were trapped in their homes and in vehicles, public information officer Amber Parker tells TIME Friday morning. "We have a safe basement and generator that comes on automatically". The winds had been as high as 140 miles per hour earlier in the week.

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