Hurricane Florence Reduces Its Intensity But Not Its Destructive Power

15 September, 2018, 01:37 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
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Hurricane Florence has arrived in North Carolina and is expected to bring massive floods and damage caused by heavy rain and an enormous storm surge.

More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters.

He confirmed that due to rising waters, some people are waiting for rescue in their attics and on their roofs.

Jamie Thompson walks through flooded sections of East Front Street near Union Point Park in New Bern, N.C. Forecasters said conditions will deteriorate throughout Friday.

We wrote up the story, laughed about it, and moved on.

Anheuser-Busch is sending more than 300,000 cans of drinking water in six truckloads to North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia from its brewery in Cartersville, Georgia, the company said in a press release. The town of Oriental had gotten more than 18 inches of rain just a few hours into the deluge, while Surf City had 14 inches and it was still coming down.

The National Hurricane Center said a gauge north of Wilmington in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, reported 1.92 metres of inundation.

Rainfall will be one of the most destructive elements of hurricane Florence, with heavy rain triggering unsafe flash floods and potential landslides.

The hurricane was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as sluggish and unprepared for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico past year.

Helping with rescues there were members of the so-called Cajun Navy, a group of Louisiana-based volunteers who became famous during last year's Hurricane Harvey, locals said on Twitter.

There were no immediate reports of any deaths.

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Downed trees, branches on the hurricane-lashed streets of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Folks in Charleston, South Carolina, who have chosen not to evacuate, are preparing for a nasty storm that could make landfall right in their backyard.

The Weather Channel on Thursday produced a terrifying Hurricane Florence weather forecast using a visualization to simulate what 9 feet of floodwater might look like in North Carolina.

And while Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm Friday afternoon, meteorologists predict heavy rain - up to 2 feet of rain when all is said and done - will continue into the weekend.

"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.

The father sustained injuries and was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington for medical care.

"On a scale of 1 to 10, I'm probably a 7" in terms of worry, she said.

North Carolina corrections officials said more than 3,000 people were relocated from adult prisons and juvenile centres in the path of Florence, and more than 300 county prisoners were transferred to state facilities. "I should stay in my house, where I have water and food".

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

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm and more than 1 million were ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia.

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