Hurricane Florence Approach Swamps North And South Carolina
Hurricane Florence Approach Swamps North And South Carolina
S Florence unleashes havoc on Carolinas
16 September, 2018, 03:26
The "threat of freshwater flooding will increase over the next several days" in the impacted areas.
It was expected to make landfall near Cape Fear.
By early evening, almost 70,000 residents were without electricity, according to North Carolina Emergency Management. But riding out Hurricane Florence in areas that are being evacuated is not a good idea, especially in light of all the devastation brought about by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Maria in 2017 (Puerto Rico's government recently raised the island's Maria-related death toll to 2,975 people).
By Thursday morning, the wind and rain tore the flag down the stripes all the way to the pole. If it is bowl-shaped, like in Georgia and SC, the surge is deeper, but when it is the opposite shape, like the Outer Banks, it's less so, Needham said.
The bulk of the three media briefings held by police chief Dan House surrounded how they were still anticipating the serious and catastrophic storm surge as well as hurricane force winds.
"This is a powerful storm that can kill", said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper in a Thursday press briefing.
Florence's forward movement during the day slowed to a near-standstill sometimes it was going no faster than a human can walk and that enabled it to pile on the rain. "A storm can come and wipe your house out overnight".
A gauge in the city of 30,000 people showed the Neuse River was recording 9.6 feet of inundation, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said.
As a result, Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia can expect significant coastal flooding, even if Florence hovers or moves ashore in North Carolina. The rainfall will produce life-threatening flash flooding in Virginia and the Carolinas.
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More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate over the past few days, and the homes of about 10 million were under watches or warning for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.
With the hurricane beginning to batter North Carolina, the state's Governor has asked US President Donald Trump for another federal disaster declaration beyond what he declared earlier this week.
About 1.7 million residents across the states' coastlines are under mandatory evacuation orders, and tens of thousands of hospital patients and prison inmates have been moved out of Florence's path.
Sprayberry delivered one of his final briefings before the storm hit on Thursday as Hurricane Florence began her dramatic descent.
Browning's choice to stay in the hurricane warning zone wasn't easy, she said, but she "could not find anywhere to go". The storm packs winds in the 110 miles per hour range. And when a storm surge reaches 13 feet and results in severe coastal flooding, people near the Atlantic Ocean can drown very quickly.
"The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves", the update said.
For Western North Carolina, the storm is not going to be felt until Saturday.
While the Piedmont Triad does not now face a direct hit, we are still expected to face significant rain.
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