Hurricane Florence expected To Be 'catastrophic'

Cristina Cross
September 14, 2018

Florence's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Thursday at 110 miles per hour (175 kph) after it was downgraded to a Category 2 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the NHC.

Hurricane-force winds, which stretch up to 80 miles from the storm's center, will be felt in North and SC by Thursday night.

Tominack said he is seeing extremely strong winds, but he has not yet had any issues with flooding.

Forecasters say the center of the eye of Hurricane Florence is about to make landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina.

Florence was about 170 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, N.C., at 8 a.m. ET Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said. Its forward movement was 6 miles per hour (9 kph).

There was some good news overnight.

A spokesperson for the ABC affiliate said that roads around the building were flooding.

The station said on Facebook that it was broadcasting its sister station WPDE-TV's coverage of the storm.

A buoy off the North Carolina coast recorded waves almost 30 feet (9 meters) high as Florence churned toward shore.

As the crews gathered near the State Capitol in Raleigh on Thursday, dozens of trucks clogged the parking lots and lined the streets.

Duke Energy said the hurricane could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks. Cameras may stop working during the storm. The centre is slowing down and is expected to stall and perhaps wander around just off shore on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

"Life-threatening storm surge, heavy rainfall, and damaging wind will cover a large area regardless of exactly where the center of Florence moves", Hurricane Center forecasters said.

Authorities are warning USA coastal residents in the path of Hurricane Florence to evacuate now or be at the mercy of the Category 3 storm, which is expected to slow upon hitting the coast of the Carolinas on Thursday and ravage the region with storm surge, rainfall, and flooding.

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European astronaut Alexander Gerst shared images of Florence's eye wall from space, calling the storm a "no-kidding nightmare".

Tropical storm conditions are expected to spread inland and south across the remainder of the warning areas through Saturday. That's enough to fill more than 15 million Olympic-size swimming pools.

"Do not focus on the wind speed category of #Hurricane #Florence!" the National Hurricane Center said Thursday morning.

"There is some damage ... but it is still standing strong".

"Against my better judgment, due to emotionalism, I evacuated", said Fisher, 74.

Despite days of warnings to evacuate, some residents are staying put - even if they don't want to.

An isolated tornado is not out of the question, especially in North Carolina.

"It's not the middle of a hurricane yet, so why not come for a beer?" said Waters, 54. "And since we have three dogs and three parrots, they're requesting us to purchase two to six rooms". "He is the only caregiver to me and my son", Browning said. "So since we can't find anything within our means ... we've opted to stay".

Her neighbors gave her the key to their house, which is two stories and might be safer from flooding, she said. It's a kind gesture but doesn't alleviate Browning's fear.

"I think I could survive a long time". I think it's a great compromise.

Browning said she had started a GoFundMe campaign in case repairs are needed for the family home. "Life-threatening storm surge flooding, catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding are still expected".

Thousands more have been ordered to prepare to deploy if needed.

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". Evacuation orders are in place in the Carolinas and Virginia, and Georgia is in a state of emergency.

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