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

Hurricane Florence rolls ashore in Carolinas, tears buildings apart

Hurricane Florence rolls ashore in Carolinas, tears buildings apart

"It doesn't matter how much money you have or how many generators you have if you can't get gas", she said. "And you don't need power to sling booze", said owner Eli Ellsworth.

Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale on Thursday evening and was located about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Morehead City, North Carolina with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 km/h). We probably will be getting heavy winds and rain for the next few days.

JAMES CITY, North Carolina - After a night of torrential rain, devastating wind and unsafe storm surges, the damage that Hurricane Florence brought to the Carolina coast is only now starting to fully reveal itself.

With graphics depicting an intersection on a street in the American state of North Carolina, the forecaster explains what is likely to happen as the water engulfs the state's coastline amid sound effects of wind, rain and rushing water.

Prior to the storm making landfall, The National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned hurricane Florence will cause "catastrophic" flooding as the Carolinas are hit with 40 inches of rainfall. Traffic lights out of order because of power failures swayed in the gusty wind.

Power suppliers report more than 350,000 outages in North Carolina, the bulk along the coast.

As of 11 p.m. ET, Florence was centred about 135 kilometres east-southeast of Wilmington, its forward movement slowed to seven km/h. Hurricane-force winds extended 130 kilometres from its centre, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 315 kilometres.

By late Thursday afternoon, the Carolina coasts can expect winds topping 80 miles per hour.

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The wind howled and sheets of rain splattered against windows of a hotel before dawn in Wilmington, where Sandie Orsa of Wilmington sat in a lobby lit by emergency lights after the power failed. We are more inland from the coast. "This is extremely risky", she adds.

The water "is as high as it's ever been, and waves are breaking on my point, which is normally grass", said Copeland, a freelance photographer for The Associated Press. Federal officials say they don't want people to fear going to shelters.

By then, Craven County had already gotten more than 100 calls from people who said they were trapped in their homes and in vehicles, public information officer Amber Parker tells TIME Friday morning.

"There is still time, but not a lot of time", said Derrec Becker of the South Carolina Department of Emergency Management.

Rescue workers in North Carolina meanwhile were scrambling to save people stranded in their homes.

The storm is already causing power outages, with Duke Energy reporting almost 240,000 customers have lost power in North and SC - but projects 1 to 3 million people could lose power.

The worst of the storm's fury had yet to reach coastal SC, where emergency managers said people could still leave flood-prone areas. The town is less than 5 feet above sea level and officials worry that as many as 1,000 of the town's 6,300 residents are planning to stay.

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