Hurricane Florence lashes United States east coast, triggers flood warnings
16 September, 2018, 13:33 | Author: Grady King
An investigation is underway, but officials said it appears there's no reason for others at the shelter to worry.
"We're keeping some people late until about 8 o'clock tonight in case things happen, and then we're bringing the next shift in, and they'll be here through the night", he said.
Eight months of rain will fall on North and SC in three days, forecasters have warned, as Hurricane Florence crawls towards the east coast of the United States.
At the nearby Arthur Christian Church, Booker reports, about twenty people were praying together as the storm barreled toward the Carolinas.
When Florence hit as a Category 1 hurricane early Friday, the community's rivers swelled, tides crested and the rain wouldn't stop.
Screaming winds bent trees toward the ground and raindrops flew sideways as Florence's leading edge whipped the Carolina coast Thursday to begin an onslaught that could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas.
Forecasters said conditions will only get more lethal as the storm pushes ashore early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina border and makes its way slowly inland.
The slow pace will also create incredible rain totals of more than 20 inches over portions of North and SC. "At least 50 shelters are open now across the state". A nuclear power plant in Brunswick, NC, has shut operations.
Regardless of whether or not Florence moves inland swiftly or stalls, unsafe surf conditions will extend as far to the north as Nova Scotia, as far to the south as the east-central Florida coast and the northeast-facing shoreline of the Bahamas and as far to the east as Bermuda.
As of 11 a.m. EDT, Florence was centred about 230km southeast of Wilmington, its forward movement slowed to 17km/h. And newly formed Subtropical Storm Joyce is not expected to threaten land soon.
A surge is also likely along portions of the SC coast. That same area experienced unsafe flooding after Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
"There is going to be a lot of rain". "But we can't replace us so we made a decision to come here". Some areas could receive as much as 40 inches (one meter) of rain, forecasters said.
The remainder of SC and North Carolina into southwest Virginia could see 6 to 12 inches, with some isolated areas seeing 15 inches. The rainfall will produce life-threatening flash flooding.
As the Carolinas braced for the storm Thursday, roads and tourist shops were closed, regional flights were canceled and residents who didn't evacuate were working to protect their property against the severe weather ahead.
Officials say anyone who has not heeded mandatory evacuation orders is on his own. The governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia declared emergencies to help speed up government aid efforts.
He said hurricane-force winds extended outward 80 miles from the center of the storm and tropical storm-force winds extended almost 200 miles out.
Satellites Track, Illustrate Incoming Hurricane Florence EDT (1900 GMT) but already some 19,000 homes and businesses in the Carolinas and Virginia were without power by mid-afternoon. Olivia is the first tropical cyclone to make landfall on Maui in modern history, National Weather Service forecasters said .
With gusts upward of 110 miles per hour already battering the Carolina coastline, storm surges have already started to destroy homes and overflow onto roads.
The Neuse, Pamlico, Pungo and Bay rivers may experience storm surges from 4 to 7 feet.
About 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches, the National Weather Service said.
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