More than 20,000 on NC coast already without power from Florence gusts
More than 20,000 on NC coast already without power from Florence gusts
14 September, 2018, 04:48
South Carolina Henry McMaster warned residents on Thursday conditions "will not be normal for many days".
Two of those 61 shelters are at full capacity.
Will Epperson, a 36-year-old golf course assistant superintendent, said he and his wife had planned to ride out the storm at their home in Hampstead, North Carolina, but reconsidered due to its ferocity. He compares Hurricane Florence with Hurricane Isabel, which hit the Virginia and North Carolina area at a similar strength in 2003, leaving about a million people without power and Hatteras Island battered.
"We're seeing on social media, we're seeing comments and calls coming into our hotline that people are saying, 'Oh, it's only a Cat 2.' Well, only a Cat 2 has winds of up to 96 to 110 miles per hour", Derrec Becker, spokesman for the S.C. Emergency Management Division told The State on Thursday.
"It can still kill you". "The storm surge forecast associated with this storm has not changed".
In the latest advisory the National Hurricane Center said: "The centre of Florence will approach the coasts of North and SC later tonight, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and northeastern SC in the hurricane warning area on Friday".
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Hurricane Florence is battering the Carolina coast, but the eye of the storm will move over land overnight on Thursday into early Friday morning. With it, the storm will drop significant rainfall across the Grand Strand - 15 inches to 20 inches and the Midlands - 4 inches to 10 inches. "Get prepared on the East Coast", he warned. The governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia declared emergencies to help speed up government aid efforts. Isolated tornadoes also are possible.
"This is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you", he added.
Emergency preparations in the area included activating 2,800 National Guard troops in North Carolina, stockpiling food, setting up shelters, switching traffic patterns so that major roads led away from shore and securing 16 nuclear power reactors in the three-state region.
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Forecasters said that given the storm's size and sluggish track, it could cause epic damage akin to what the Houston area saw during Hurricane Harvey just over a year ago, with floodwaters swamping homes and businesses and washing over industrial waste sites and hog-manure ponds. "But no matter how bad it's going to be, it will pass and our job will be to rebuild this community together, and that's what we're going to do".
Hurricane warnings are in effect for the South Santee River in SC to Duck, North Carolina, and Albemarle and Pamlico sounds. Hurricane-force winds were blowing 130 km from its centre, and tropical-storm-force winds reached up to 315km from the eye.
FEMA has warned that while downgraded, the storm will still generate life threatening storm surge and rainfall in North and SC . National Guard soldiers from the state, North Carolina and Virginia are mobilizing to prepare for hurricane recovery efforts.
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Like a bulldozer, the storm's winds and forward motion will push a tremendous amount of water onshore when it makes landfall. The NHC notes that amount of rainfall would "produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding".
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