Near 440,000 without power as Florence batters Carolinas
14 September, 2018, 16:26 | Author: Darnell Taylor
The US east coast girded for a battering from Hurricane Florence late Thursday as the monster storm's outer edge began lashing the Carolinas with heavy wind and rain, which forecasters warned could trigger life-threatening floods even as it further weakened.
Hurricane-force winds began whipping North Carolina as federal emergency management officials warned that the hurricane remained a "very unsafe storm" capable of wreaking havoc along a wide swathe of the coast.
As of 8 a.m., the hurricane is predicted to make landfall along the coast of the Carolinas tomorrow (Sept. 14), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center. The storm was moving west-northwest at 10 miles per hour with winds that have decreased significantly to 100 miles per hour.
But North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned: "Don't relax, don't get complacent". Residents should expect to see higher tides than usual on the James and York rivers, as well as possible flooding and beach erosion.
More than 60 people, including many children and pets, were evacuated from a hotel in Jacksonville, North Carolina, after strong winds caused parts of the roof to collapse, local officials said.
Hundreds of thousands of people have evacuated the coast, more than 1500 U.S. flights have been cancelled, factories were shut and farmers rushed to save crops, poultry and pigs in anticipation of the storm.
Footage shows a pier and a beach in Nags Head, North Carolina, being hit with heavy surf as the storm rolls into the area.
More than 370,000 people were without power in North Carolina early on Friday, state officials said.
Cooper requested additional federal disaster assistance in anticipation of what his office called "historic major damage" across the state.
Up to 10 million people lie in the path of the storm, which still poses a risk to life and property, although it has been downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane.
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Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Mr Cooper's office said the current emergency declaration was helping state officials prepare for the storm.
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 .
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Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it's unclear how many did. Florence is expected to arrive in southeast North Carolina on Friday morning before drifting south into SC .