Florence weakens to Category 2 hurricane but still life-threatening: NHC

15 September, 2018, 01:32 | Author: Sherry Houston
  • Florence weakens to Category 2 hurricane but still life-threatening: NHC | New Hampshire

The No. 1 mission right now, Cooper said, is to save lives. Ballance called the rainfall "biblical", saying he's gotten reports from friends that his downtown seafood restaurant was flooded, just like the rest of the small city's historic downtown, and he's anxious about the hundreds of people who needed to be rescued overnight in the city.

The Miami-based center says the center of the eye moved ashore with top sustained winds of 90 miles per hour, making Florence a Category 1 hurricane in terms of wind intensity.

More than 415,000 homes and businesses were without power, mostly in North Carolina, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the nation's electrical grid.

Despite a mandatory evacuation ordered Tuesday, emergency officials in New Bern reported that about 150 people were waiting to be rescued, and two Federal Emergency Management Agency teams were in the area, the News & Observer of Raleigh, NC, reported.

"We've got nearly 20,000 people in 157 shelters", Cooper said.

The waves will meet resistance as Florence approaches landfall, but storm surges up to 13 feet are expected in some areas of North Carolina, according to the weather service.

"There's already water (in the) bottom part of people's houses", Todd Willis, who lives in Kennel Beach, North Carolina, said Thursday night.

Preparing for the worst, about 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians were deployed with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats that could be used to pluck people from the floodwaters.

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The eye of the storm recently hit North Carolina, with the category 2 hurricane expected to make landfall imminently. Here's why this storm threatens not only the coast but millions of people inland.

If winds pick up beyond 40 or 50 miles per hour, ravens and eagles will me moved to a holding area, and pink-back pellicans and white-breasted cormorants may be moved to the indoor section of the zoo's Penguin Coast exhibit.

In Belhaven, the Pungo River roared into town, crashing up against homes at a waist-high level and higher late Thursday and early Friday, video from Amy Johnson showed.

Rivers are rising on the north side of Hurricane Florence as the storm swirls counter-clockwise, pushing a surge of ocean water far in from the coast. Rainfall of up to 20 to 40 inches could fall over the next five days in some areas, forecasters say.

Over 3,000 offenders were evacuated from North Carolina prisons, along with four county jails, resulting in 300 offenders being housed temporarily in state facilities.

"For now our focus is to be able to help pets in shelters in our area first if the storm should hit Maryland, and then we can assess our space and make plans to see if we're able to help in any other capacity, including helping shelters and pets in other states", said Maryland SPCA spokeswoman Tina Regester.

The city of Jacksonville's statement says people have been moved to the city's public safety center as officials work to find a more permanent shelter.

By 2 p.m. Saturday, the storm won't even be halfway across SC, forecasters say. "The water looming over Dr. Navarro is a brilliant way of showing the dangers of storm surge". That advisory came out on August 30, when Florence was developing near the Cabo Verde Islands across the Atlantic.

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