Hurricane Florence eye 10 miles from Wilmington

14 September, 2018, 13:44 | Author: Carlos George
  • This enhanced satellite image made available by NOAA shows Hurricane Florence off the eastern coast of the United States on Wednesday Sept. 12 2018 at 5:52 p.m. EDT

"We will have catastrophic effects".

The storm's center was about 50 miles south of Morehead City at around 11 p.m. EST (0300 GMT Friday). Most were scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

The National Hurricane Center said early Friday that Florence's eyewall is beginning to approach the North Carolina coast bringing with it life-threatening storm surge.

Some of the people escaping the potential wrath of Hurricane Florence are finding shelter here in Northeast Ohio.

The center said the threat of freshwater flooding will increase over the next several days.

Hurricane Florence has begun battering it's way through the North Carolina coastline with heavy rain and high winds in what people fear could lead to the deaths of "a lot of people". Hurricane-force winds extended 130 kilometres from its centre, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 315 kilometres.

The storm is not expected to change much in strength before making landfall.

Some models show the storm moving southward along the coast, bringing with it hurricane or tropical storm-like conditions to the Beaufort County area. This storm surge can be deadly and then the flooding that will come thereafter with rain being measured in feet instead of inches.

"This rainfall will produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", the hurricane center said.

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Given the storm's size and slow speed, officials warned that Florence could cause similar large-scale flood damage to that seen in the Houston area during Hurricane Harvey just over a year ago. Most of the damage during Hurricane Matthew in 2016 in North Carolina came from inland flooding - 31 people died and almost 100,000 homes were destroyed. Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and restoring it could take weeks.

Air Force General Terrence J O'Shaughnessy, head of US Command, said search and rescue is a top priority but that the magnitude of the storm may exceed the ability of rescuers.

The path of Hurricane Florence sees it going over some of the poorest areas on the eastern seaboard.

"Boarding windows now, which feels amusing since the storm is projected to head south of us", said Barley in an Instagram message.

Gov. Henry McMaster is not yet issuing mandatory evacuation orders for Jasper and Beaufort counties, but officials have not ruled out the possibility of another evacuation order. HO/AFP/Getty Images In this September 12, 2018 photo provided by NASA, hurricane Florence churns over the Atlantic Ocean heading for the US east coast as seen from the International Space Station. "If God's coming for you, you can't run from him".

The police chief of a barrier island in Florence's bulls'-eye said he was asking for next-of-kin contact information from the few residents who refused to leave.

President Donald Trump has said protecting lives is his "absolute highest priority" and that the White House is standing by to offer affected states whatever help they ask for. "We're able", he said.

Florence should continue losing strength as it menders along the coast, weakening further as the storm travels across inland SC on Saturday, the weather service said.

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