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

Watch live streaming video of Hurricane Florence rolling into North Carolina

As of 8 a.m., the hurricane is predicted to make landfall along the coast of the Carolinas tomorrow (Sept. 14), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center.

About 10 million people live in the storm's path and more than 1 million people had been ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia. That puts it at the upper range of Category 2 storms, which have winds from 96 to 110 miles per hour.

Florence is now moving to the northwest at 17 kilometers per hour. The forecasters say the slow speed will give Florence time to pound the Carolinas with bands of heavy rain. The storm was moving northwest at 10 miles per hour.

As Florence drew near, President Donald Trump tweeted that FEMA and first responders are "supplied and ready", and he disputed the official conclusion that almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico, claiming the figure was a Democratic plot to make him look bad.

The storm's center was about 173km east of Wilmington, North Carolina, at 3 pm (local time) but already some 19,000 homes and businesses were without power by mid-afternoon in the Carolinas and Virginia.

It is expected to bring up to 40 inches of rain in places. Further inland, rain totals could reach 30 centimeters in the Carolinas, and up to 24 centimeters in the rest of the Carolinas and in southwestern Virginia.

The hurricane centre also said the threat of tornadoes was increasing as the storm neared shore.

Forecasters said conditions will deteriorate as the storm pushes ashore early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and makes its way slowly inland.

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The storm's forward motion has slowed 11km/h since Wednesday (local time), which was predicted as the storm nears the coast. Vanotteren and his friend Bailey Gaddis said the waves have gotten bigger and better every evening as the storm approaches.

One forecast from weather-tracking website predicts that over the next week, the Carolinas could see as much as 11 trillion gallons of rain.

"Catastrophic effects will be felt outside the center of the storm due to storm surge as high as 9 to 13 feet".

"Sometimes these systems, they expand", she said. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said. He asked citizens in danger zones to heed warnings because "your time is running out".

Hurricane Florence is coming.

Early on Friday, the downtown area of the city of New Bern, on the Trent and Neuse rivers near the North Carolina coast, was underwater as emergency crews conducted several rescues, according to reports on social media. "Once you leave, you don't know how many days it will be before you can return", she said. "The storm surge forecast associated with this storm has not changed".

"This is a powerful storm that can kill", said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper in a Thursday press briefing. Florence has weakened a bit over the past 24 hours, but it has also grown larger and will likely dump torrential rain over North and SC through Monday.

Now at the highest they're even with the floor of the pier. "We're still going to have a Category 4 storm surge", CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said. "We're fully prepared. Food, medical, everything you can imagine, we are ready".

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