Hurricane Florence pounds the Carolinas as it nears landfall

14 September, 2018, 16:09 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • David Goldman  AP

Hurricane Florence made landfall outside Wilmington, North Carolina, about 7:15 a.m. on Friday as a Category 1 storm.

Forecasters said conditions will continue to deteriorate as the storm pushes ashore early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and makes its way slowly inland.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Centre said the storm would weaken after making landfall but also linger, dumping heavy rains for days. "Now it's just taking the brunt of the storm". Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and that restoring it could take weeks.

It is the storm's movement and not its strength that has forecasters and officials anxious.

Although Florence's strength was downgraded from a Category 4 to a Category 2, it grew in size, bringing a massive amount of rain and ocean water. The vivid presentation - powered by the Unreal Engine, most commonly used in video games - seems likely to serve as a more pressing demonstration of the storm's threat than a mere written warning, and that's vitally important for folks in impacted areas.

He spent the last few hours of calm before the storm visiting those who stayed, collecting contact information for their next-of-kin. "Today the threat becomes a reality".

However, it's possible that Florence will stay just offshore, dumping rain on North Carolina as she moves south, not moving inland until she reaches Myrtle Beach.

One forecast from weather-tracking website Weathermodels.com predicts that over the next week, the Carolinas could see as much as 11 trillion gallons of rain. That is enough water to fill the Empire State Building almost 40,000 times.

But that, combined with the storm's slowing forward movement and heavy rains, had North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warning of an impending disaster.

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Mr Cooper's office said the current emergency declaration was helping state officials prepare for the storm. But even that is unlikely to help much in a severe flood.

More than 80,000 people in North Carolina already were without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters. "We are totally prepared", Trump said at the White House.

A hurricane can kill you in a lot of different ways. Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. By Thursday afternoon, 220 evacuees had arrived to fill each cabin, bringing with them 95 children and 55 dogs, camp director Tim Brady said.

A tornado watch was also in effect for parts of North Carolina.

The police chief of Wrightsville Beach, vulnerable on a North Carolina barrier island, agreed that those who refused to leave were now on their own. The SPCA of Northeastern NC asked the community to foster any animals without hurricane-proof kennels. "We are going to see serious water quality problems". "It's a really tiny town".

Horton pleaded for volunteers to take in their animals for the duration of the storm, a common, plaintive refrain at other shelters across the area.

The US Army Corps of Engineers said it is monitoring two North Carolina dams - in Wake Forest and Cary - as well as three additional ones in Virginia.

The EPA has already designated at least nine locations it is particularly concerned with and said it will monitor them throughout the storm and its aftermath for signs of trouble.

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