Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall in US

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Guillermo Lane | 15 September, 2018, 01:32

The brunt of Hurricane Florence slammed North Carolina this morning with winds raging an astonishing 90 miles per hour (150 km/h), according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. "If I can't get back in a week, after a while they might turn on each other or trash the place". And she has seen reports of people fleeing to rooftops to escape high floodwaters.

In addition to the coastal flood warning, a tropical storm warning is in effect for Hampton Roads from Poquoson to the Virginia-North Carolina border because of Hurricane Florence. Parts of the area, he said, could go over 70 miles per hour.

During the week of landfall (which in Florence's case began early Friday morning on the North Carolina coast), inflows to the accounts dropped by over 20 percent, or approximately $400 on average.

The coastal area of SC features hundreds of inlets while North Carolina has barrier islands miles away from the mainland. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU".

The storm surge that has hit New Bern is "approximately 2 feet higher" now than it was during Hurricane Irene seven years ago, the National Weather Service office in Morehead City says.

Although Florence weakened to a Category 2 hurricane late Wednesday night, the storm is still expected to produce catastrophic flooding throughout the Carolinas when it makes landfall Thursday night or Friday.

Hours before the storm made landfall September 14, workers at New Bern's WCTI-TV NewsChannel 12 had to abandon their studio.

Hurricane Florence is at the doorstep of North and SC, and she's not going away anytime soon.

Southeastern coastal North Carolina and far northeastern SC are expected to get pelted with 20 to 30 inches of rain, and some isolated spots may get up to 40 inches in 48 hours.

"We know we're in for a long haul here", Cooper said of predictions that the storm will linger over the area.

Hurricane Florence: 'Monster' storm on collision course with Carolinas
Moreover, high tides around noon and midnight these next few days will make the storm surges even worse, Samson said. North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland governors have declared states of emergency.


Cheryl Browning, who lives with her husband and son in North Carolina, said they chose to stay put despite the warnings as they also have three dogs and three parrots. That's enough water to fill the Empire State Building almost 40,000 times.

By hovering over the warm water in the Atlantic Ocean, the storm is being nourished.

At the Wilmington airport, the wind was measured at 105 miles per hour - the highest since 1958, Cooper said.

Rescue crews in Onslow County helped evacuate 70 people from a Jacksonville hotel early Friday after the roof collapsed and rain rushed in.

New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw told The Herald-Sun around 5 a.m. that about 200 people had been rescued so far.

Tom Balance, owner of a seafood restaurant in New Bern, had decided against evacuating his home and was soon alarmed to see waves coming off the Neuse and the water getting higher and higher.

"Very eerie, the wind howling, the rain blowing sideways, debris flying", said Orsa, who lives nearby and feared splintering trees would pummel her house.

More than a million people were ordered to leave the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia, with over 12,000 taking refuge in emergency shelters.

Schools and businesses closed as far south as Georgia, airlines cancelled more than 1,500 flights, and coastal towns in the Carolinas were largely emptied out.

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