Bracing for Hurricane Florence | Don't Miss This

Frederick Owens
September 14, 2018

The latest NOAA update said: "Florence is moving toward the west-northwest near 6 miles per hour (9 km/h)".

The National Hurricane Center in Miami reported "life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds" along the North Carolina coast. It is forecast to make landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina, at midday Friday.

In Virginia, where about 245,000 residents were ordered to evacuate low-lying areas, officials urged them to stay in safer locations despite forecast changes showing Florence's path largely missing the state.

It was set to inundate nearly all of North Carolina in several feet of water, State Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference, while National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear predicted up to eight months of rain in two or three days.

Wild horses in the Rachel Carson Reserve in Beaufort, North Carolina will fend for themselves during Hurricane Florence. "Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other risky conditions", the hurricane center briefing said. "We've prepared all our supplies at home and frankly, we were bored".

"If you find yourself here [in rising floodwaters], you need to get out", she said.

"I came to video it so I can remember what it looked like before the storm because I just don't think a lot of this is going to be here (after Florence)", she said. I'm glad we both came to the decision ourselves.

The storm will churn very slowly Friday and Saturday, extending the damaging winds and huge amounts of rain that will hit the same areas of North and SC for 24 hours. Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and restoring it could take weeks.

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Already, flooding and waters have struck the North Carolina coastal regions.

Florence's top winds were clocked on Thursday evening at 90 miles per hour (150 km/h) as it churned in the Atlantic Ocean, down from a peak of 140 miles per hour (224 km/h) earlier this week when it was classified a Category 4 storm.

By 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, the storm was about 335 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina.

At the time of writing, over 116,000 people were watching the storm approach the tower, which "is a privately owned surplus Coast Guard Light Station", that also doubles as a "unique adventure bed & breakfast" when the weather is more appropriate. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions. But that, combined with the storm's slowing forward movement and heavy rains, had Gov. Roy Cooper warning of an impending disaster.

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.

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

Antonio Ramirez, a construction worker from El Salvador living in Leland, North Carolina, said he planned to ride out the worst of the weather with his dog Canelo. Instead, they drove 150 miles (240 km) inland to his mother's house in Durham. Only one storm scared them enough to leave the island.

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