Carolina Braces for Florence Storm Surge

Hurricane Florence still a threat despite downgrade

Hurricane Florence still a threat despite downgrade

Large and unsafe, Hurricane Florence is drawing closer to the coast of the Carolinas, where it threatens to become the most intense storm to strike the region in at least 25 years, since Hugo. "On the forecast track, the center of Florence will approach the coasts of North and SC later tonight, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and northeastern SC in the hurricane warning area on Friday", the briefing said.

And the storm is still expected to bring catastrophic winds, rain, storm surges and flooding, the National Hurricane Center briefing said.

Up to 40 inches of rain could fall in North Carolina.

A man rides his bike as the Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, Sept. 13, 2018.

"Heed the warnings", said Byard, adding there was "well over $20 billion" in FEMA's disaster relief fund.

"This is a horrific nightmare storm from a meteorological perspective", University of Georgia meteorology professor Marshall Shepherd said.

"This is no ordinary storm, and people could be without power for a very long time - not days but weeks", a president of one energy company in North Carolina said on Wednesday.

"We are completely ready for hurricane Florence, as the storm gets even larger and more powerful".

The Hurricane Florence has began to unleash fierce rains across the U.S. southeast.

Altogether there are almost three thousand dams of various sizes in Virginia, almost 3,500 in North Carolina and about 2,500 in SC.


Hurricane Florence, now a Category 2 storm, is slowly approaching the USA coast, and the storm's massive fury is on full display in video footage taken from the International Space Station.

Robinson noted that some of the forecasts are expecting rainfall of 800 to 1000 mm over a 30-hour period.

"It truly is really about the whole size of this storm", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said. "It's going to happen. We just want prayers from everyone".

Officials in New Hanover County, which includes Wilmington, have stockpiled enough food and water for 60,000 people for four days, along with more than 28,000 tarps. But officials are not taking down their guard yet, and would wait until early next week to determine whether BGE could afford to send crews to other regions to help, she said.

He said there are about 7,000 USA military forces now in place and ready to respond to the storm - along with ships, helicopters and high-wheeled vehicles. "But no matter how bad it's going to be, it will pass and our job will be to rebuild this community together, and that's what we're going to do".

On Thursday morning, Florence was spotted 378 km east southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 450 km east southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, moving northwest at 28 kph. We spoke to those braced for Florence's looming arrival.

The storm's centre was about 180km east of Wilmington, North Carolina, at 2pm local time (18:00 GMT) but tropical storm-strength winds and heavy rains already were hitting North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands.

Hurricane Florence is shaping up to be a frightful storm, and it does not look any better when you look at it from space.

Cheryl Browning lives with her husband and son, who has terminal cancer, in Richlands, North Carolina.

Even miles away from the Atlantic, North Carolina residents in low-lying areas are boarding up and emptying stores. "A lot of rain", said Maj.

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