Hurricane Florence Hits Near Wrightsville Beach

Federico Mansilla
Setiembre 15, 2018

Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, N.C., at 7:15 a.m. ET, creeping slowly ashore - but bringing strong winds, a massive storm surge and a rain system that will soak much of the state and SC for days.

Preparing for the worst, about 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians were deployed with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats that could be used to pluck people from the floodwaters.

Government weather satellites captured this image of Hurricane Florence shortly after its landfall September 14, 2018.

Hurricane Florence has weakened somewhat early Thursday as its outer bands approach the North Carolina coast, but weather officials cautioned that the storm will still bring life-threatening conditions.

Yesterday, the European Space Agency released a short video of astronauts aboard the space station watching the storm out of the cupola armed with powerful cameras to capture its giant knot of storm clouds.

"We're still going to get catastrophic inland flooding from heavy rains and multibillion-dollar storm-surge damage along the coast where it hits, " said Jeff Masters, co-founder of Weather Underground in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The National Hurricane Center says the high winds - combined with rain-soaked soil - will cause many trees to fall in coming days, crashing into homes, streets and onto power lines.

Farther up the coast, in New Bern, about 150 people waited to be rescued from flooding on the Neuse River, WXII-TV reported.

Flooding and a strong storm surge prompted more than 90 calls to the emergency operation center in Craven County, N.C., for residents trapped in vehicles and homes, spokeswoman Amber Parker said.

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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said Florence was set to cover nearly all of the state in several feet of water.

About 70 people were pulled from a motel near Camp LeJeune at the height of the storm as the roof started to collapse.

"It will be historic", Baker said of the rain from Florence.

He said that only 300 of the city's 22,000 residents have power as of Friday afternoon, as the hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm. Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 kilometres) from its centre, and tropical-storm-force winds reached out 195 miles (315 kilometres). Water rescues were also underway, although it was hard to know how many had occurred.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", New Bern city officials said on Twitter.

For people living inland in the Carolinas, the moment of maximum peril from flash flooding could arrive days later, because it takes time for rainwater to drain into rivers and for those streams to crest.

The worst of the storm's fury had yet to reach coastal SC, where emergency managers said it was not too late for people to get out.

"There is still time, but not a lot of time", said Derrec Becker of the South Carolina Department of Emergency Management. Authorities say at least 20,000 people have evacuated their homes and are sought refuge in shelters throughout North Carolina.

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