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Hurricane Florence weakens to Category 1 storm

14 September, 2018, 13:45 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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Hurricane Florence's outer edges have started to batter the coast of North Carolina - with winds of 100mph bending trees and shooting frothy seawater onto the streets.

Waves from Hurricane Florence pound the Bogue Inlet Pier in Emerald Isle, N.C., September 13, 2018.

Forecasters expect Florence to hit the Carolinas early in the morning on September 14.

Hurricane Florence's eye was slightly more than 100 miles from Wilmington, according to a 2 p.m. briefing by the National Hurricane Center.

The US National Hurricane Center described how winds of up to 90 miles (150 kilometers) per hour were pummeling the state of North Carolina. Florence was progressing northwest at about 6 miles per hour.

Its forward movement slowed to 12 miles per hour and top sustained winds stayed at 110 miles per hour.

Hurricane Florence, now a Category 2 storm, is slowly approaching the us coast, and the storm's massive fury is on full display in video footage taken from the International Space Station.

"The worst of the storm is not yet here but these are early warnings of the days to come", he said.

At least 12,000 people had taken refuge in 126 emergency shelters, Cooper said, with more facilities being opened.

North Carolina's Emergency Management tweeted that more than 154,000 homes were already without electricity by late Thursday.

Florence has prompted massive evacuations. President Trump has declared an emergency in the three states and says the government is "as ready as anybody has ever been". Cooper pointed out that people won't be putting their own life at risk if they stick around, but also the lives of first responders who may be called on to rescue them. "I know it's hard to move, and I know that you are leaving things behind that you don't want to leave behind, but no possession is worth your life".

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"Your time is running out", he warned. "If you are on the coast, there is still time to get out safely".

But not everyone has packed their bags.

Following Hurricane Florence are two more powerful storms crossing the Atlantic, namely Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene. "Play in the water, enjoy the sunshine". "It's something we haven't seen. ever".

She continued: "Of course we're anxious". And if we feel the need to leave we'll go. It is strong but not overwhelming but it is how long it is going to last.

NASA via AP 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.

Charleston will see a good amount of rain from Florence, but the total rainfall predicted is several inches less than that of cities to the north. Downed power lines have also been reported in the area.

"I've been watching the weather and they've been saying about the evacuation and she's like family and I didn't want her stuck in that", said Morton.

"I built this house myself, so I'm not anxious at all, I know it's solid", he said.

"Today was my day to come home, I'm so glad it wasn't Friday 'cause I don't know if I'd have gotten out of town", said Beverly Stasko. Hopefully, the cell phone tower, which is not too far away, will still work.

Why is Florence so large?

Myrtle Beach, a SC beach resort, was virtually deserted with empty streets, boarded up storefronts and very little traffic. Weather forecasts estimate that the Category 2 storm could dump 17 trillion gallons of rain on the East Coast.

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