Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Hurricane Florence is about to make landfall in North Carolina


Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday morning just east of Wilmington, North Carolina, where it brought a life-threatening storm surge that pushed water inland for miles, pounding rains and powerful winds that battered buildings in its path.

Forecasters said Florence's surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet (3.4 meters) of ocean water.

On Thursday evening, the Neuse River burst its banks which caused rapid flooding in New Bern, North Carolina, forcing residents to flee as the entire city lost power.

About 27,000 Duke Energy Corporation customers had already lost power - as many as 3 million may eventually be in the dark for days or even weeks.

It's now pummeling the coast of North Carolina with 90mph winds and heavy rain, the CNN reported Friday.

The center of the storm is expected to make landfall on Friday in southeast North Carolina.

Residents wade through deep floodwater to retrieve belongings from the Trent Court public housing apartments after the Neuse River went over its banks during Hurricane Florence September 13, 2018 in New Bern, United States. Forecasters said "catastrophic" freshwater flooding was expected along waterways far from the coast of the Carolinas.

Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it's unclear how many did. Meteorologists at the National Weather Service's Wilmington office are waiting for the National Hurricane Center to confirm the track of the eyeball, which typically has the storm's strongest winds. Sand dunes gone storm surge 4' into house knocking down walls first floor.

Myrtle Beach, a SC beach resort, was virtually deserted with empty streets, boarded up storefronts and very little traffic.

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Some Carolinians 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.

He said: "I've never been one to leave for a storm but this one kind of had me spooked".

Katie Walls, Weathercaster for WSB-TV Atlanta said the hurricane had brought the most terrifying wind speeds for nearly 70 years.

"Some say North Carolina is getting a break, but we are on the wrong side of this story", he said. "We just want prayers from everyone". On Wednesday, officials said some of those shelters were at capacity, but in a statement early Thursday, county officials said they were "able to mobilize additional resources to accommodate the need for shelter space". "I'm not leaving him here".

Although the storm is approaching the US coastline as a Category 2 hurricane after weakening from a Category 4 storm, that doesn't mean the storm will be gentle.

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

"I built this house myself, so I'm not anxious at all, I know it's solid", he said.

"The only thing missing in there is a hot lady".

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