Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Hurricane Florence Produces Wind Gusts Near 100 miles per hour in Eastern North Carolina

Sandra Phillips | 14 September, 2018, 11:55

Hurricane Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday (Friday NZT), bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks, as the hulking storm closed in with 155 kph winds for a drenching siege that could last all weekend.

The head of Duke Energy Corp.'s North Carolina operations says it could take weeks to restore electricity if the company's prediction that 1 million to 3 million of its 4 million customers lose power.

Hurricane-force winds extend up to 80 miles from the center of the storm, which is expected to make landfall around 8 a.m. ET on Friday.

Hurricane Florence's sustained wind speeds have lessened slightly to 105 miles per hour, but the storm is already bringing surges and tropical storm winds to the North Carolina shore, the National Hurricane Center said in an 11 a.m. briefing.

In Hampton Roads, a tropical storm warning is in effect from Poquoson to the Virginia-North Carolina border, including the lower James and York rivers.

"It will be historic", Baker said of the rain from Florence. Hurricane Florence could overwhelm these lagoons with massive amounts of rain, which would dump the animal waste into surrounding waterways.

FEMA chief Brock Long botched the name of the hurricane threatening the East Coast Thursday while denying allegations of his own misuse of government cars - saying he was "100 per cent" focused on the storm. "It's an extremely risky, life-threatening, historic hurricane".

"It's all going to be predicated on where the damage is at, in terms of how and where we deploy our resources", said Penn.

"It doesn't matter where you are", he said.

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Forecasters said it appears the storm will make landfall somewhere around Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, which sits just east of Wilmington.

Florence's weakening as it neared the coast created tension between some who left home and authorities who anxious that the storm could still be deadly.

Businesses in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., prepare for Hurricane Florence on Wednesday. REUTERS/Randall HillDennis Kernodle talks on the phone during storm preparations of his oceanfront home ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, U.S. September 12, 2018.

The storm was a risky Category 4 hurricane Wednesday but has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm Thursday. "Inland flooding kills a lot of people. The biggest hazard that we're anxious about is storm surge", Long said.

"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico", Trump said on Twitter.

Several residents fled the coast under both mandatory and voluntary evacuations.

Officials in New Hanover County, which includes Wilmington, have stockpiled enough food and water for 60,000 people for four days, along with more than 28,000 tarps. We'll invite in our federal partners - Florence, excuse me, ' said, possibly after being corrected.

The coastal area of SC features hundreds of inlets while North Carolina has barrier islands miles away from the mainland.

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