Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Hurricane Florence Floods Big Houses Near Frisco, Outer Banks

Sand bags surround homes on North Topsail Beach N.C. Wednesday Sept. 12 2018 as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast Chuck Burton Associated Press Sand bags surrounded homes on North Topsail Beach N.C
Patty Aguilar | 16 September, 2018, 19:17

That mix of impressions - a respect for this storm's sheer size and the massive amount of rain and seawater it brings, along with a resignation to storms being part of life on the coast - is also part of the reaction in low-lying areas to the north.

The storm made landfall on Friday near Wilmington, a city of about 120,000 squeezed between North Carolina's Atlantic coastline and the Cape Fear River.

"Total innundation" is expected in eastern and southeastern North Carolina, as well as northern Southern California, and the storm surge could reach in "excess of 3.05m in some areas", Accuweather added.

North Carolina will see up to eight months of rain in a two- to three-day period, National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear said in a video briefing.

Severe inland flooding is also forecast for the Palmetto State, which is expected to see Florence drift through its Pee Dee, Midlands and Upstate regions on Saturday and Sunday.

More than 10 million people live in areas under warnings or watches for hurricane- or tropical storm- force winds, CNN reports.

Most of those cancellations are tied to the approaching hurricane, now a Category 2 storm with winds expected onshore late Thursday at more than 80 miles per hour. "This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", the Hurricane Center said. Seventy people had to be pulled from a collapsing hotel at the height of the storm, and many more who defied evacuation orders were hoping to be rescued. Don't play games with it.

SC authorities said law enforcement officers were guarding against looting in evacuated areas, while Wilmington set a curfew on Saturday evening in response to looting in one area.

Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it's unclear how many did.

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Forecasters said catastrophic freshwater flooding is expected well inland in the Carolinas over the next few days. More than 12,000 people were in shelters in North Carolina and 400 in Virginia, where the forecast was less dire.

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Meanwhile, 1,200 flights have been grounded, AP noted. Home Depot and Lowe's activated emergency response centers to get generators, trash bags and bottled water to stores before and after the storm.

"We don't even know them", he said.

As many as 3 million people could lose electricity as a result of the storm.

Boarding up his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Chris Pennington watched the forecasts and tried to decide when to leave.

Models agree the storm should strike land between the North Carolina-South Carolina border and the North Carolina Outer Banks, and then track across South Carolina.

Bertha Bradley said she has never favored evacuating ahead of hurricanes.

Nearly 800,000 people are reported to be without power already in North Carolina, and officials have warned restoring electricity could take days or even weeks. Unsure of what they might find when they return home, the couple went shopping for a recreational vehicle. "Gracious heavenly father God, just with those in the flood zone, may the damage not be so much", they prayed.

Todd Kaplan, Northeastern's emergency operations manager, said that the Northeastern University Police Department and the Facilities Division are coordinating with weather forecasters and emergency managers to provide timely updates and keep tabs on students and their family members who are in the path of the storm.

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