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

Hurricane Florence lashes United States east coast, triggers flood warnings

Hurricane Florence lashes United States east coast, triggers flood warnings

The city of Jacksonville's statement says people have been moved to the city's public safety center as officials work to find a more permanent shelter. The city's official Twitter account urged residents to move to the upper floors of their homes.

In this September 12, 2018 photo provided by NASA, Hurricane Florence churns over the Atlantic Ocean heading for the US east coast as seen from the International Space Station.

Forecasters said "catastrophic" freshwater flooding was expected along waterways far from the coast of the Carolinas.

Florence's weakening as it neared the coast created tension between some who left home and authorities who anxious that the storm could still be deadly.

In addition, hurricane-strength winds are predicted to batter everything in the storm's path.

Five county swift-board teams as well as the "Cajun Navy" from Louisaiana are attempting to rescue everyone they can.

High winds and downed power lines are another concern for that region.

There is around 156,068 people that have lost power and police have suspended their services in Morehead City and other coastal cities, warning any residents who remain in the evacuation zone that they will be without emergency services until the storm passes. And this is just the beginning.

But forecasters warned that the widening storm - and its likelihood of lingering around the coast for days - will bring life-threatening storm surge and torrential rains.

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What value do these reports have, especially since the wind and rain renders half of them incomprehensible?

Florence was menacing the USA coast just as Super Typhoon Mangkhut was threatening to spur chaos in parts of Asia. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.

"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.

Authorities main concern with Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, rather than high winds.

Six feet (1.8m) of storm surge could carry large objects like cars underwater and leave lower levels structures submerged in water, according to Dr Postel. "I've lived here all my life".

Forecasters say "it can not be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard associated with slow-moving Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will be spreading inland".

In Wilmington, North Carolina, a steady rain began to fall as gusts of winds intensified, causing trees to sway and stoplights to flicker.

"Follow advice from [your] local government officials", reads the latest update from the National Weather Service in Charlotte.

Will Epperson, a 36-year-old golf course assistant superintendent, said he and his wife had planned to ride out the storm at their home in Hampstead, North Carolina, but then reconsidered.

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