Hurricane Florence: Giant, slow-moving storm causes deluge as it makes landfall

Danny Woods
September 15, 2018

"Cameras outside the International Space Station captured views of Hurricane Florence on September 14 at 7:41 a.m. EDT minutes after the storm made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina packing winds of 90 miles an hour", NASA said in a video description.

Surges and flooding will reportedly continue as it lashes SC.

Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina Friday morning, bringing howling winds up to 90 miles per hour, reports The Associated Press.

Florence's rain will reach 40 inches in some parts of the Carolina coasts, and gusty winds will send the ocean and rivers spilling into neighborhoods, forecasters said.

"In an effort to proactively aid our customers, we are launching a community donation program, together with the Southeastern Grocers Gives Foundation, in support of the American Red Cross Disaster Relief to assist those impacted by Hurricane Florence", Anthony Hucker, president and CEO of Jacksonville, Fla. -based Southeastern Grocers, said in a statement on Friday. "But I think we're ready".

A video of Weather Channel's Mike Seidel battling wind gusts in the eye of hurricane Florence has gone viral for all the wrong reasons, after two men casually walking by in the background were spotted on live broadcast.

"What happens is that we rescue some people and then we find out there are still more who need it", he said.

Florence remains a Category 1 storm, and it's spinning hurricane-force winds up to 70 miles from its center.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper called Florence an "uninvited brute" that could wipe out entire communities as it grinds across the state.

Cooper said the Neuse River had seen storm surge as high as 10 feet (three meters) and the amount of rainfall was a "1,000-year event".

More news: Watch a livestream of Hurricane Florence bearing down on North Carolina

Nearly 20,000 people had taken refuge in 157 emergency shelters, Mr Cooper said.

The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Florence has finally made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina.

Charlotte-based Duke had posted roughly 96,000 outages in Carteret, Craven, Pamlico, Onslow and New Hanover counties, while the co-ops listed more than 74,700 outages in the same general area. The storm was moving west-northwest at 10 miles per hour with winds that have decreased significantly to 100 miles per hour.

WXII-TV reports the city of New Bern said Friday that two out-of-state FEMA teams were working on swift-water rescues and more teams were on the way.

The NHC predicted "catastrophic freshwater flooding" to hit "over portions of North and SC".

"We are still trying to rescue about 150 residents that did not evacuate, and we are now going in with water rescues to get these folks to a shelter", Outlaw said.

As it moves inland, the storm is expected to bring its high winds and intense rain bands across the southeastern corner of North Carolina and a large chunk of SC. It started pushing its way westward across SC later in the day, in a watery siege that could go on all weekend.

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 electricity went out. But with a storm surge putting pressure on water to head back inland and heavy rains swelling those rivers, widespread flooding is the result. Local media said she had suffered a heart attack.

Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it's unclear how many did.

Another Wilmington resident said she did not want to leave because she was afraid to see what she would come back to after the storm.

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