Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
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Hurricane Florence Downgraded To Category 2 Storm, Still Concerned Life-Threatening

Hurricane Florence Downgraded To Category 2 Storm, Still Concerned Life-Threatening

Storm surge is also expected to produce "life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations", says the National Hurricane Center.

As of 11 p.m., the storm was centered 280 miles (455 kilometers) east southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and was moving northwest at 17 mph (28 kph).

Its maximum sustained winds have dropped slightly to 110 miles per hour.

WILMINGTON, North Carolina-Hurricane Florence, growing in size despite its weakening winds on September 12, crept closer to the U.S. East Coast as disaster mobilizations expanded south from the Carolinas into Georgia to counter the threat of deadly high seas and calamitous floods.

The center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Wednesday night, and approach the coast of North Carolina or SC in the hurricane warning area on Thursday and Friday, NHC said.

The enormous waves were recorded in the northeast quadrant of the hurricane, which is the strongest area of the storm.

"If they have't evacuated, evacuate they're just causing more harm to themselves then you're gonna put rescuers in harm's way", Harting said.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm and more than 1 million had been ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia, jamming westbound roads and highways for miles. His home, built 1 mile inland in 2016, is raised 25 feet off the ground and is built to withstand 140-mph winds, he said.

It's a detail that almost got lost among all the wind, rain and storm surge data sent out by the National Hurricane Center on Wednesday.


Even more troubling is the amount of rain that could fall in southeastern North Carolina due to the storm slowing down or stalling out.

There was also concern over crops.

"It's going to be bad", said Woody White, a county commissioner.

"Typically, we see a stimulus effect that creates jobs and raises incomes for South Carolinians", said Joseph Von Nessen, a research economist at the University of SC.

At least 150,000 people were without power in North Carolina early on Friday with the brunt of the storm yet to come, according to utility companies. The storm will likely damage homes and businesses, kill crops, drown livestock, wash away cars and suspend much of the area's economic activity.

Florence is now churning through the Atlantic, only a few hundred miles off the coast of Wilmington, N.C. He said all the calls for reservations were coming from either SC and North Carolina where the damage is supposed to be the worst. It urged residents to heed evacuation orders.

"In the life of the storm's forecasted southward track after making landfall, I encourage Georgians to be prepared for the inland effects of the storm as well as the ensuing storm surge in coastal areas".

Subtropical storm Joyce formed in the Atlantic on Wednesday but is not expected to threaten land.

Their entire neighborhood evacuated in Wilmington, North Carolina, David and Janelle Garrigus planned to ride out Florence at their daughter's one-bedroom apartment in Charlotte.

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