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

Hurricane Florence Shifts South as Carolinas Hunker Down

Hurricane Florence Shifts South as Carolinas Hunker Down

Hurricane Florence was more recently downgraded to a Category 2 storm.

In less than 24 hours, Florence has dropped from category 4 to category 2.

Another live stream at Wilmington Tower, which usually broadcasts sweeping views of the North Carolina landscape, shows storm clouds rolling in over the ocean. The surge won't be as bad as it potentially could have been, however, and the winds won't be as strong.

"It's all going to be predicated on where the damage is at, in terms of how and where we deploy our resources", said Penn. It is an enormous storm, and it's moving slowly.

The storm surge - often the most perilous risk to life posed by any hurricane - is expected to inundate areas along the coast with saltwater that's 9 to 13 feet deep, from Cape Fear, N.C., to Cape Lookout, N.C.

Outer bands of wind and rain from Hurricane Florence have begun lashing North Carolina as the monster storm moves nearer to the coast.

The rain posed a greater danger, forecasters warned, with some spots getting up to 1m of precipitation, enough to cause devastating flash floods miles from the coast.

He said hurricane-force winds extend outward 80 miles from the center of the storm and tropical storm-force winds extend almost 200 miles out.

Even if you know nothing about hurricanes, an unavoidable sense of doom and destruction overtakes you when you look at this image of Hurricane Florence as it moves inexorably toward North and SC. The trend is "exceptionally bad news", said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy, since it "smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge".

"So the potential impact from the surge has not changed because the system is weaker", he said.

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As of 8 p.m., Florence was centered about 85 miles (135 kilometers) southeast of Wilmington, its forward movement slowed to 5 mph (7 kph).

But then the screen behind Navarro becomes the storm surge itself, and, well, you just have to watch the whole thing. It could take several weeks to restore electricity.

Florence's sustained winds were 165 km/h, with gusts up to 204 km/h on Thursday afternoon. "Significant river flooding is expected as a result of excessive rainfall across area hydrologic basins". "We're forecasting 30 inches of rainfall". "Your time is running out".

WILMINGTON (North Carolina) • Coastal North Carolina felt the first bite of Hurricane Florence yesterday as winds began to rise, a prelude to the slow-moving tempest that forecasters warned would cause catastrophic flooding across a wide swathe of the United States south-east.

"This is a life-threatening situation".

There are fears that this storm could cause damage similar to what Houston suffered during Hurricane Harvey a year ago, when homes and businesses were inundated with floodwater.

Image: Waters come ashore in Avon, North Carolina.

Numerous communities throughout the region have issued either mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders.

"Either no (hotel) rooms are available, or we are denied because the breed or size of dogs", she said.

New Hanover County officials said Thursday morning that it could accept more residents seeking shelter at Trask Middle School, Eaton Elementary School, Codington Elementary School, the Johnson Pre-K Center and Noble Middle School.

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