Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

More than 19,000 without power in U.S. Southeast ahead of Florence

More than 19,000 without power in U.S. Southeast ahead of Florence

Preceded first by the storm surge and the winds, heavy rains were picking up as of late Thursday afternoon, the beginning of an onslaught that for some areas may not relent for days. The storm's speed slowed down to 10 miles per hour, moving northwest, the NHC said in its 2 p.m. update.

No matter how devastating or catastrophic a hurricane or typhoon is predicted to be, there will inevitably be some people who refuse to evacuate and insist on riding the storm out-and with Hurricane Florence getting ready to assault the Carolinas, some residents of coastal areas in North and SC are doing exactly that. Florence remains a strong, healthy hurricane producing potentially damaging wind gusts and heavy rain.

Betty Baun said she has been volunteering for the Red Cross since the '80s. But the storm surge and the wind field actually increased. The governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia declared emergencies to help speed up government aid efforts.

More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters.

Once a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 140 miles per hour, the hurricane was downgraded to a Category 1 on Thursday night. That created some confusion and, officials feared, complacency.

"We try to facilitate. anything that makes a smooth transition from home to shelter", he said. That's what happens at landfall - the storm actually got bigger physically. We will start to see Florence slow down a bit as the day progresses. That said, just because the category has changed, it doesn't mean that it should be taken lightly.

Power outages, flooding and storm surge were the main concerns for the state as the Cat.

"Don't relax", Cooper said on Thursday.

Near the beach in Wilmington, a Waffle House restaurant, part of a chain with a reputation for staying open during disasters, had no plans to close, even if power is lost. "Today the threat becomes a reality", he said. We have to remember, Florence is a very large storm. "This storm will bring destruction to North Carolina".

By late Thursday afternoon, the Carolina coasts can expect winds stronger than 80 miles per hour. And because Hurricane Florence has the potential to stall, it could inflict a lot more damage and cause more severe flooding in North Carolina than Floyd did 19 years ago. He bluntly told people in the evacuation zones to leave quickly, saying: "Time is running out".

The hurricane was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico previous year.

Long urged patience and warned that it would take time to recover from Florence.

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"It truly is really about the whole size of this storm", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said. But then they gradually diverge. "We were going to have Chick-fil-A delivered to the airplane after the game, but have sent instructions that those meals be distributed wherever it could do the most good".

The National Weather Service dubbed Florence "the storm of a lifetime".

He said there are about 7,000 United States military forces now in place and ready to respond to the storm - along with ships, helicopters and high-wheeled vehicles.

Ships including the USS Kearsarge are at sea trailing the storm and will move toward shore to further support emergency response. "We are with you!" Bev Perdue, a Democrat-in 2012, after the state's Coastal Resource Commission published a 2010 report (pdf) predicting that seawater could rise 39 inches along the coast by 2100, and lawmakers, coastal landowners, and members of the real-estate industry responded with alarm over pricey waterfront property that faces billions of dollars in damage. Temps will stay in the 80s for highs through Saturday.

"It makes me feel anxious".

Image: Waters come ashore in Avon, North Carolina. "We just want prayers from everyone". He said it's as if weather reporters were competing to see who could issue the most dire predictions. Most of the flights leaving Charlotte are completely booked because Thursday, if not Friday, is the last chance to get out before Florence unleashes its fury on the region.

Many communities including Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach have imposed bans on entering the ocean, as well.

"The shelters are not taking dogs", Ramirez said.

Hurricanes, on the other hand, stick around much longer. They've also been praying, singing songs in their native language. "It's a getaway to not think about the hurricane". The storm surge in some locations is going to set records.

"We're prepared", Kilbourne said.

In a now-closed middle school, where some banners encouraging student success and photos of children here and there remained on the walls, families found the media center to be their new temporary home.

This article was written by Kristine Phillips, Patricia Sullivan, Kevin Sullivan and Mark Berman, reporters for The Washington Post.

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