Hurricane Florence makes landfall, set to inundate Carolinas
14 September, 2018, 17:38 | Author: Darnell Taylor
The outer bands of Hurricane Florence began battering the coast of North and South Carolina Thursday with strong winds and rain.
Pitt County Animal Control in North Carolina moved all 58 of its animals into temporary neighborhood foster care and partnered with a farmer's market next door with the crates to make room for over 200 new rescues Thursday night, said director Michele Whaley.
Strom surge that was projected between nine and twelve feet in Pamlico Sound and the Pamlico and Neuse rivers was expected to cause a "tremendous amount of inland flooding", said Neil Jacobs, assistant secretary at the Commerce Department over the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The Category 1 storm has maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour and is moving slowly, at 6 miles per hour. Florence should weaken to a tropical storm after 24 hours and then to below tropical storm strength after 48 hours.
Forecasters said Florence's surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet (3.4 meters) of ocean water. That deluge will lead to "catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged, significant river flooding", according to the NHC.
National Hurricane Center: Florence about to make landfall in N. Carolina causing life-threatening storm surge.
More than one million people had been ordered to evacuate the coasts of North and SC and Virginia and thousands moved to emergency shelters, officials said.
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Hurricane Florence pounds the Carolinas as it nears landfall
Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Hurricane Florence made landfall outside Wilmington , North Carolina , about 7:15 a.m. on Friday as a Category 1 storm .
About 27,000 Duke Energy Corporation customers had already lost power - as many as 3 million may eventually be in the dark for days or even weeks.
The Weather Channel has been using mixed reality to great effect with its reporting on Hurricane Florence, showing how the water may rise and swallow buildings and cars in its path. Heavy rains were forecast to extend into the Appalachian mountains, affecting parts of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia. Two amphibious Navy ships are on standby to respond and provide disaster relief after Florence moves through.
Rescue helicopters and trucks that can navigate floodwaters are also standing by.
Roughly 1 million people are under evacuation orders.
As of 5 a.m., Florence was 25 miles (55 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina.
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"We've had a insane amount of animals go into foster", a shelter manager said Thursday. "We're fully prepared. Food, medical, everything you can imagine, we are ready". But residents inland are warned to expect life-threatening floods and should plan to be without power for days.
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That's on top of the flooding, flying debris, and the other immediate storm-related events that can claim countless lives. The NHC went on to say that a few tornadoes could form in eastern and southeastern North Carolina into Friday.
In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were told to flee. "We have a safe basement and generator that comes on automatically". Hurricane categories only consider the wind speed, Silverman said, and "a hurricane is so much more than just the wind".
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Near 440,000 without power as Florence batters Carolinas
The storm was moving west-northwest at 10 miles per hour with winds that have decreased significantly to 100 miles per hour . Another Wilmington resident said she does not want to leave because she is afraid to see what she would be coming back to.
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Hurricane Florence begins to batter United States east coast
As if the storm itself is not unsafe enough, it is expected to spawn tornadoes in southeast North Carolina on Thursday and Friday. More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters.