Hurricane Florence: North Carolina family's garage submerged in water

15 September, 2018, 01:41 | Author: Sherry Houston
  • Poverty will keep some in eastern North Carolina from fleeing the wrath of Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the US East Coast as a Category 2 hurricane with winds up to 110mph - slower than yesterday but covering a wider area. The company, which recently hit a $1 trillion valuation, also donated 100,000 food items and more than 30,000 bottles of water to Feeding America, Amazon announced in a blog post.

Emergency officials on Wrightsville Beach were able to assess the beginning impacts of Hurricane Florence before day turned to night Thursday.

The biggest danger, as forecasters see it, is not the wind but the water: the storm surge along the coastline and the prospect of 1 to 3-1/2 feet of rain over the next several days that could trigger catastrophic flooding in a slow-motion disaster well inland.

As of Thursday morning, forecast models showed the storm bringing more rain than originally thought - officials now predict 35 inches of rain will fall in a two-day period as Florence, now a Category 2 storm with 115 miles per hour sustained winds, will stall over Wilmington after making landfall early Friday morning.

Maysie Baumgardner, 7, and her family sheltered at the Hotel Ballast in downtown Wilmington as Florence filled the streets with floodwaters. Hurricane-force winds extend out for 80 miles and the tropical-storm-force winds reach 195 miles out from the center.

Ominously, forecasters said the onslaught on the North Carolina-South Carolina coast would last for hours and hours because the hurricane had come nearly to a dead stop at just 3 mph (6 kph) as of midday.

Another woman died in Pender County, North Carolina, after suffering a medical condition.

U.S. President Donald Trump took a moment on Friday to thank those responding to emergencies across the Carolinas. Instead of following a hashtag, follow a variety of local news outlets and verified government agencies. People tend to check social media more frequently during breaking news events, and it becomes even easier for manipulated weather projections and deceptive survival tips to go viral.

Forecasters said "catastrophic" freshwater flooding was expected along waterways far from the coast of North and SC. City spokeswoman Colleen Roberts tells WRAL-TV that 200 people have already been rescued.

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News10NBC will continue to track this storm, be sure to download the News10NBC Weather App to get notifications sent right to your phone.

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

5 a.m.: The latest update from the National Hurricane Center shows little change to Florence's path or strength. New Bern is about 32 miles north of Morehead City, North Carolina, and 101 miles southeast of Raleigh.

More than 10 million people throughout North and SC and Virginia are under a hurricane or tropical storm watch or warning as of Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

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

Forecasters say the combination of a life-threatening storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.

"The National Hurricane Center said Florence is moving very slowly to the west at only 6 miles an hour, then is expected to turn to the southwest, increasing the threat for historic storm surge and catastrophic flooding to coastline areas and inland cities in North Carolina and SC".

The storm's intensity diminished as it neared land, with winds dropping to around 144 km/h by nightfall.

An intense wave, as well as heavy rains, will announce on Thursday on the coast of Las Carolinas, the arrival of Florence.

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