Hurricane Florence crawling toward the Carolinas, coastal water levels rising

14 September, 2018, 18:32 | Author: Tara Reeves
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"A life-threatening storm surge is now highly likely along portions of the coastlines of SC and North Carolina", the National Hurricane Center explains.

Tominack said he is seeing extremely strong winds, but he has not yet had any issues with flooding.

The center of Florence is expected to approach the coasts of the Carolinas today and move over the coast of southern North Carolina and eastern SC tonight and Friday.

According to the 8 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Florence is about 170 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, N.C., and about 220 miles east of Myrtle Beach, S.C. It is moving to the northwest at 12 mph, which is 3 mph slower than what the hurricane center reported at 5 a.m. Its forward movement was 6 miles per hour (9 kph).

The Miami-based center says Florence is bringing "catastrophic" fresh water flooding over a wide area of the Carolinas.

Oddly, the closer Hurricane Florence gets to land, the murkier its future gets.

New Bern's WCTI-TV NewsChannel 12 posted on Facebook on Thursday night that employees had to abandon the studio for the "first time in history".

By Friday afternoon, the Triangle's roads could see flooding.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.

Duke Energy, the nation's No 2 power company, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks. Cameras may stop working during the storm. A mile-long convoy of fix trucks could be seen moving between staging points in Raleigh.

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A damaged awning is seen as winds from Hurricane Florence on September 14, 2018 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Hurricane Florence is hitting along the North Carolina and SC coastline bringing high winds and rain.

Hurricane Florence is moving toward the East Coast with sustained wind speeds of 105 miles per hour. The image was captured by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, now living and working onboard the International Space Station.

There are now four named storms in the Atlantic basin with subtropical storm Joyce named Wednesday, and two areas of disturbed weather with chances of development. That's enough to fill more than 15 million Olympic-size swimming pools.

A weather station at a community college recorded a 100 miles per hour wind gust, and forecasters tweeted that a 91 miles per hour wind gust slammed into Wilmington's airport, surpassing the power of Hurricane Fran two decades ago.

"There is some damage ... but it is still standing strong".

"When that last ferry pulls out.it's unnerving to see it pull away and know, 'That's the last chance I have of getting off this island, '" she said Wednesday.

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

National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned that waterways up to 40 miles inland may flood.

On ABC news earlier this week, Mr Trump warned Americans about a "tremendously big and tremendously wet" hurricane this week. She said a hurricane has a way of bringing everyone to the same level. "And since we have three dogs and three parrots, they're requesting us to purchase two to six rooms". Shelters in the city were filling and some people were being bused inland to Raleigh, even though some residents there were told they might have to evacuate because of flooding. I'm glad we both came to the decision ourselves. "He is the only caregiver to me and my son", Browning said. We've assembled a list of options below and will update it as we find more. "It's a big one", he said at the White House. It's a kind gesture but doesn't alleviate Browning's fear.

"This is a lovely beach here I can't imagine how it's going to be when we come back", homeowner Sheryl Andrews said. "But I think it'll be OK".

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