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Hurricane Florence lashes U.S. east coast, triggers flood warnings

Hurricane Florence lashes U.S. east coast, triggers flood warnings

- The big slosh has begun, and the consequences could be disastrous.

Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the US East Coast as a Category 2 hurricane with winds up to 110mph - slower than yesterday but covering a wider area. "Especially for people that we've already told to evacuate".

While the storm system will churn over the same areas for 24 hours, the high winds and rain will begin pummeling parts of North and South Carolina Thursday evening and last through Saturday - creating a 36 to 48-hour period of risky weather for some areas. Heavy rainfall began after dark.

"I end up hearing more negative stories about leaving than staying", Mrs. Mramer said.

Students who are affected by Hurricane Florence, including those at Northeastern's campuses in Boston, Charlotte, Seattle, Toronto, and Silicon Valley, are encouraged to use Northeastern's We Care program, which provides support to students during challenging times.

State Transportation Department Secretary Christy Hall said Thursday that an estimated 421,000 residents had left the coast. "Have some pity on us because if you stay here and you have a problem and we have to get out in it, there's a chance that we won't because we can't".

Yes, because it's bringing a voluminous amount of rain, and by lingering it creates worse flooding.

Thousands of people were without power in North Carolina on Thursday as the outer bands of Hurricane Florence fell on the area, utilities in the state said.

The hurricane's surge could cover large swathes of the Carolina coast under as much as 11ft (3.3m) of seawater.

More than 22,600 people in North Carolina were housed in 150 shelters statewide, including schools, churches and Wake Forest University's basketball arena.

"It's important for people to know this is no ordinary storm and customers could be without power for a very long time". "Today the threat becomes a reality".

Even so, many residents of Myrtle Beach proudly recalled how they had weathered a number of storms in the past and were confident they could ride out Florence too.

Ken Graham, NHC director, said on Facebook the storm surges could push in as far as two miles. "To put this in context, we correctly predicted the full extent of Hurricane Harvey's economic damage to be $190 billion previous year", AccuWeather founder and president Dr. Joel N. Myers said.




Thursday afternoon, President Donald Trump tweeted that he had just been briefed on the storm and "FEMA, First Responders and Law Enforcement are supplied and ready". As the recovery from past storms continues in many rural towns, the next storm is about to strike.

Around midday, Spanish moss blew sideways in the trees as the winds increased in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City.

"On a scale of 1 to 10, I'm probably a 7" in terms of worry, she said. "Because it's Mother Nature". That's enough water to fill the Empire State Building almost 40,000 times. "And you don't need power to sling booze", said owner Eli Ellsworth.

"Do you want to get hit with a train or do you want to get hit with a cement truck?" said Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "A storm can come and wipe your house out overnight". Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and restoration could take weeks.

Southeastern coastal North Carolina into far northeastern SC could see 20 to 30 inches of rainfall; some isolated areas could see 40 inches.

By mid-afternoon the winds had dropped to 75 miles per hour (120 kph) and the centre was moving west at 6 miles per hour (10 kph), the NHC said, and parts of North and SC would get as much as 40 inches of rain (1 metre). Hurricane-force winds now extend outward up to 70 miles the center and tropical-storm-force winds now extend outward up to 195 miles from the center. Florence is now expected to bring storm surges as high as 19 feet.

Some evacuees who've been displaced since Tuesday were increasingly growing impatient and anxious as reports about where the storm would hit, and how hard, have changed.

North Carolinians made last-minute preparations and hunkered down to await Florence's arrival. As the storm moves inland it will find a relatively flat area for hundreds of miles.

But Norfolk spokeswoman Lori Crouch said city officials would not force people to leave and that it's a "personal choice", the AP reported. "I've got four cats inside the house".

Two of them, Itagia VeaVea, 25, and Karen Tominiko, 19, aren't as anxious as the others because they're used to hurricanes in American Samoa.

Some in the Carolinas have expressed frustration after evacuating their homes for a storm that was later downgraded - but officials have pushed back at suggestions that Florence's threat has been exaggerated.

"What's really going to determine survivability and recoverability from the hurricane is going to be these social networks", he said.

"The magnitude of the storm is beyond what we have seen in years", Duke Energy incident commander Howard Fowler said in a statement.

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