Hurricane Florence batters North Carolina with wind, rain

16 September, 2018, 19:37 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • Park flooded with rising water

Almost 3,000 people died in the aftermath of the storm, according to an estimate from researchers at Georgetown University that was adopted by the Puerto Rican government as the official death toll for the storm.

"We were trying to figure out if we had enough finances to get out and if we were to get out, were we going to be able to get back home".

"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico". An investigation is underway, but officials said it appears there's no reason for others at the shelter to worry.

At 2:30 a.m. ET on Friday, the City of New Bern tweeted out: "Currently ~ 150 awaiting rescue in New Bern".

The eye of Florence directly struck Wrightsville Beach, NC, early Friday.

(Original story: 7:20 a.m.) - Hurricane Florence has reached land and this is just the beginning.

Firefighters pray at an operation to remove a tree that fell on a house injuring resident during Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina on September 14, 2018.

As Florence raged, a tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico brought heavy rain to already saturated areas along the Texas coast, resulting in street flooding and prompting some schools to cancel or cut short classes.

This is according to data as of 5 a.m. EST from tweets North and SC emergency management agencies.

Hundreds of thousands were without power in the Carolinas late Friday.

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

Florence "is twice the size of Hurricane Hugo", which tore through the Carolinas in 1989, New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw told "GMA".

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It was expected to begin pushing its way westward across SC later in the day, in a drenching that could go on all weekend.

Yet the long-ranging, torrential winds are not the primary concern.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper urged people to take the storm seriously.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door-to-door to pull people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse. We are on the bad side of this storm.

Southeastern coastal North Carolina into far northeastern SC could see 20 to 30 inches of rainfall; some isolated areas could see 40 inches. A spokesperson for the ABC affiliate said roads around the building were flooding.

The remainder of SC and North Carolina into southwest Virginia could see 5 to 10 inches, with some isolated areas seeing 15 inches. However, the main risk is, and always has been, life threatening flooding.

About 800 flights in the region were canceled ahead of the storm, CNN reported.

The authorities of the States of Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, and the nation's capital of Washington, in the direction which moves the "Florence", has introduced a state of emergency. President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency on the federal level Tuesday for the Carolinas and Virginia.

The NHC said hurricane-force winds extended outward 80 miles from the center of the storm and tropical storm-force winds extended almost 195 miles out. It's the sheer volume of water, in the form of tidal surges, rain, and anticipated flash flooding that make this Category 1 storm unusually unsafe. "The greatest storm surge inundation is expected between Cape Fear and Cape Hatteras, including the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers and western Pamlico Sound", the agency said.

Ken Graham, the NHC's director, warned the slow pace of the storm exacerbated its danger even to areas outside its immediate path. Six sheriff's officers came to his house to rescue him Friday morning, but he didn't need to leave since the water was dropping by then. The record was set by Hurricane Helene in 1958 with 135 miles per hour.

Forecasters are predicting that the storm will continue to weaken but still dump potentially record-breaking amounts of rain as it moves slowly inland.

Yet another tropical storm formed in the Atlantic Thursday night. It's forecast to turn northeastward and accelerate in that direction over the weekend.

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