Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
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Hurricane Florence: Carolinas brace for 'storm of lifetime'

Hurricane Florence: Carolinas brace for 'storm of lifetime'

Tens of thousands were without power.

Footage shows a pier and a beach in Nags Head, North Carolina, being hit with heavy surf as the storm rolls into the area. Heavy rainfall began after dark.

Forecasters said conditions will only get more lethal as the storm smashes ashore early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and crawls slowly inland.

Even if a house is elevated 10 feet, with that kind of storm surge, "there's a good chance there's going to be water inside of it", Needham said.

Faced with new forecasts that showed a more southerly threat, Georgia's governor joined his counterparts in Virginia and North and SC in declaring a state of emergency, and some residents who had thought they were safely out of range boarded up their homes.

Still, a storm surge can overwhelm the animals, as it did in 2003 when Hurricane Isabel killed five horses and swept three others a few miles away. "Today the threat becomes a reality".

And while some people may think that Florence doesn't possess the same punch Harvey did since it's only a Category 2 storm, there is a comparison: Sandy.

"Little change in strength is expected before the center reaches the coast, with weakening expected after the center moves inland", the National Hurricane Center said.

The storms in 2017 tested the agency's resources, with 472,000 housing units destroyed or severely damaged in Puerto Rico alone by Hurricane Maria.

Forecasters and the U.S. government are keeping their eyes peeled as Florence, a strong category 2 hurricane, is set to batter the Carolinas on the country's east coast on Friday. The hurricane center said Florence will approach the coast Friday and linger for a while before rolling ashore.

Almost 2 million coastal residents are now under mandatory evacuation orders, although it remains unclear how many have actually done so.


"He is the only caregiver to me and my son", Browning said. "You can't stop Mother Nature".

Forecasters expect Florence to hit the Carolinas early in the morning on September 14. He also urged those outside of the evacuation zones to be prepared.

Mass evacuations ahead of Hurricane Florence are still taking place while residents and tourists hope to evade what could be the strongest hurricane in decades to strike the East Coast.

"It doesn't matter how much money you have or how many generators you have if you can't get gas", she said. Millions of people are expected to lose power and it could take weeks to resolve the outages. "We're kind of at the mercy of the storm".

Florence was about 145 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, N.C., at 11 a.m. ET Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said. And even though meteorologists sort storms into categories by the strength of their winds, it's actually the storm surge that's most unsafe, as AccuWeather reported.

The storm, which is expected to be one of the biggest to ever hit North Carolina, South Carolina and parts of Virginia, should be making landfall sometime this weekend.

Up to 40 inches of rain could fall in North Carolina.

"When combined with sea level rises and increased storm surges, an increasingly large number of properties face greater risk than exists now".

Frustrated after evacuating his beach home for a storm that was later downgraded, retired nurse Frederick Fisher grumbled in the lobby of a Wilmington hotel several miles inland.

"Against my better judgment, due to emotionalism, I evacuated", said Fisher, 74. "I should stay in my house, where I have water and food".

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