Hurricane Florence: Carolinas brace for 'storm of lifetime'

Federico Mansilla
Setiembre 14, 2018

The outer reaches of Hurricane Florence began lashing coastal North Carolina with heavy winds and flooded roads on Thursday ahead of an expected landfall that will bring walls of water and lingering downpours to parts of the US East Coast.

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.

Like many other officials in the storm's path, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said no one will be able to save at-risk residents if they choose to ride out the storm.

The images, captured from249 miles above the storm, captured Florence as it draws close to North Carolina's coast.

Florence's winds had dropped from a peak of 225km/h to 169km/h by Thursday, reducing the hurricane from a terrifying Category 4 to a 2.

The impact is expected to be similar to that of Hurricane Harvey on the Houston area a year ago, Feltgen said.

"It truly is really about the whole size of this storm", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham told The Associated Press.

We will have tropical storm force winds and rain and storm surge continues to be our main concern with extreme flooding.

In the tiny community of Sea Breeze near Wilmington, Roslyn Fleming, 56, made a video of the inlet where her granddaughter was baptized because "I just don't think a lot of this is going to be here" later.

It was set to inundate nearly all of North Carolina in several feet of water, State Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference, while National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear predicted up to eight months of rain in two or three days. "I've got four cats inside the house".

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Up to 40 inches of rain could fall in North Carolina.

At the time of writing, over 116,000 people were watching the storm approach the tower, which "is a privately owned surplus Coast Guard Light Station", that also doubles as a "unique adventure bed & breakfast" when the weather is more appropriate.

People are seen inside a shelter run by Red Cross before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Grantsboro, N.C., September 13, 2018.

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.

Photos of the beaches in North and SC show how serious it's going to be.

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

A state of emergency has been declared in five coastal states - North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia - as well as the USA capital Washington.

Despite pleas from officials, some residents rejected calls to evacuate.

"I have no generator", said Petra Langston, a nurse.

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