Hurricane Florence expected To Be 'catastrophic'

Gwen Vasquez
September 14, 2018

A NOAA observing site at Cape Lookout, N.C. reported a sustained wind of 68 miles per hour and a gust to 85 miles per hour this afternoon. Based on the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center, the earliest reasonable arrival of tropical storm force winds in SC is Thursday afternoon.

"There is likely to be major river flooding", he said.

Forecasters said conditions would only get more lethal when the storm smashed ashore early on Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and crawled slowly inland.

"Florence is moving slower toward the northwest at about twelve miles per hour", the latest advisory from the NHC noted.

The Miami-based center says Florence is bringing "catastrophic" fresh water flooding over a wide area of the Carolinas.

More than a thousand flights have been canceled in advance of Hurricane Florence's arrival in the Carolinas, and operations at airports along the coast have been suspended as the region braces for impact.

New Bern's WCTI-TV NewsChannel 12 posted on Facebook on Thursday night that employees had to abandon the studio for the "first time in history". The warning also includes Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, large bodies of water in North Carolina that could also see significant flooding.

The Frying Pan Shoals Light Tower, an old Coast Guard tower 32 miles off the coast of southeastern North Carolina, is broadcasting live with a solar-powered camera. Cherry pickers jutted into the darkening sky, and rusty utility pole drills stood at the ready.

Duke Energy, the nation's No. 2 power company, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks.

But Jeremy Tominack said he stayed so he could keep an eye on his home and help his fellow Wilmington residents after the storm passes. A mile-long convoy of fix trucks could be seen moving between staging points in Raleigh.

Previous story: As the outer rainbands of Hurricane Florence swipe up against the coast of North Carolina, forecasters are warning of possible life-threatening storm surges and flooding.

The winds from Hurricane Florence will increase in surges on the North Carolina coast Thursday afternoon, but the forward motion of the storm will also continue to slow down, so it will take until tomorrow until the highest winds will be blowing, and the peak storm surge - the ocean water pushed up over the land - comes in.

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European astronaut Alexander Gerst shared images of Florence's eye wall from space, calling the storm a "no-kidding nightmare". That's enough to fill more than 15 million Olympic-size swimming pools. On Thursday night, the hurricane was downgraded to a category. 1.

"There is some damage ... but it is still standing strong". You never know, but we know.

The center is now about 100 miles from North Carolina. They also have three dogs and three parrots.

On ABC news earlier this week, Mr Trump warned Americans about a "tremendously big and tremendously wet" hurricane this week. Other residents have told CNN they're not evacuating because emergency shelters won't accept pets.

"Since my husband retired and my health declined, we have his retirement as an income. He is the only caregiver to me and my son", Browning said. One emergency official said it will be a "Mike Tyson punch" to the area. It's a kind gesture but doesn't alleviate Browning's fear.

"This is a lovely beach here I can't imagine how it's going to be when we come back", homeowner Sheryl Andrews said. I think it's a great compromise.

Browning said she had started a GoFundMe campaign in case repairs are needed for the family home.

Many people in coastal communities have followed the mandatory evacuation orders, but some are vowing to stay put and ride it out.

This stream shows the boardwalk at Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, near Myrtle Beach.

His bustling pizza restaurant is one of the few businesses open in the evacuated town. "It's going to happen". "Storms like that don't usually make it that far west".

Up to 1.7 million people have been ordered to evacuate across South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

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