Beach Town's Main Drag Empty Ahead of Hurricane Florence
Beach Town's Main Drag Empty Ahead of Hurricane Florence
S Coastal cities brace for Hurricane Florence
14 September, 2018, 12:05
Up to 1.7 million people are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders, and coastal residents were frantically boarding up homes and businesses and hitting the road on Wednesday as the storm approached.
A buoy off the North Carolina coast recorded waves almost 30 feet (9 meters) high as Florence churned toward shore.
From the Ocracoke Inlet to the North Carolina-Virginia border and from the South Santee River to North Myrtle Beach, the NHC forecast that water could rise as high as 6 feet.
The Union Point Park Complex is seen flooded as the Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, U.S., September 13, 2018.
Early Wednesday afternoon in North Carolina, the storm was centered 700 kilometers (435 miles) off the coast, moving at 26 kph (16 mph) towards the United States coastline.
Hurricane Florence is forecast to move slowly through the Carolinas and Southeast through this weekend and will cause catastrophic inland rainfall flooding, life-threatening storm surge and destructive winds. "Disaster is at the doorstep and it's coming in". Heavy rains were forecast to extend into the Appalachian Mountains, affecting parts of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia.
A state of emergency has also been declared in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington.
The first tropical storm-force winds of at least 39 miles per hour (63 kph) were forecast to hit the coast on Thursday. In South Carolina, local officials reported 300,000 had already evacuated the coast as of Wednesday.
Utility officials have warned that widespread power outages are likely and that it could take weeks to restore electricity.
North Carolina's Duplin and Sampson counties, just inland, sell more hogs and pigs than anywhere else in America.
Moreover, high tides around noon and midnight these next few days will make the storm surges even worse, Samson said. "It's going to happen".
He said Jacksonville could experience tropical storm conditions Saturday morning into Saturday evening if the storm turns south, but he said mainly people in Georgia between Brunswick and Savannah should be concerned about that.
However, he reiterated that just that minor factor alone is not enough to cause the cyclone to make major changes. Shelters in the city were filling and some people were being bused inland to Raleigh, even though some residents there were told they might have to evacuate because of flooding.
"It's going to be bad", said Woody White, a county commissioner.
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Since moving south, she has lived through many hurricanes but did not want to chance anything with Hurricane Florence. When Hurricane Matthew made landfall in 2014, Benson and her family stayed because it was only a Category 1 storm.
More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters. Spanish moss waved in the trees as the winds picked up in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City.
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Mayor Joe Benson said the storm will batter the oceanside town through two high-tide periods. "We're a good community up there". Storm surge is why many of you have been placed under evacuation and we are asking citizens to please heed a warning .
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By early evening, almost 70,000 residents were without electricity, according to North Carolina Emergency Management. Zookeepers and veterinarians resolved to hunker down with the creatures and see them through the storm.
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