'Catastrophic' Florence buffets US east coast

A mandatory evacuation is in effect in preparation of the approaching Hurricane Florence

A mandatory evacuation is in effect in preparation of the approaching Hurricane Florence

Even though Florence has weakened to a Category 2 system with winds of 165 kilometers per hour, forecasters say the storm remains a destructive force.

In Sea Breeze, Roslyn Fleming, 56, made a video of the inlet where her granddaughter was baptised because "I just don't think a lot of this is going to be here" after the storm, she told Reuters news agency. The storm surge could rise up to 13 feet - that's water inundating homes up to the first-floor ceiling, the National Hurricane Center said.

Should Florence bring much rain, either over the weekend or next week, the region is already prone to flooding, said Jay Ringgold, Baltimore County's director of homeland security and emergency management. Florence's center will approach the North and SC coasts late Thursday and Friday. We will have tropical storm force winds and rain and storm surge continues to be our main concern with extreme flooding.

Because most are managed as wild animals, numerous horses will be left to fend for themselves, said Paula Gillikin of the North Carolina Coastal Reserve.

"Your time is running out", he warned.

Masters said there's a tug-of-war between two clear-skies high-pressure systems - one off the coast and one over MI.

About 1.7 million residents across the states' coastlines are under mandatory evacuation orders, and tens of thousands of hospital patients and prison inmates have been moved out of Florence's path.

SC ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents while North Carolina announced an evacuation of the Outer Banks, a popular tourist destination. If you are looking to help with the relief efforts for pet shelters, the national nonprofit organization American Human and the local Charleston Animal Society are both highly-rated organizations aiding in the Florence relief efforts specifically for four-legged residents of Virginia and the Carolinas.

With the hurricane beginning to batter North Carolina, the state's Governor has asked US President Donald Trump for another federal disaster declaration beyond what he declared earlier this week.


By way of computer modeling, Duke Energy anticipates between 1 and 3 million customers in the Carolinas to lose power in addition to those Dominion serves in Virginia.

Antonio Ramirez, a construction worker from El Salvador living in Leland, North Carolina, said he planned to ride out the worst of the weather with his dog Canelo.

That was a bad idea, said Avair Vereen, a local nurse who had sought safety in the shelter with her seven children. "I'm not leaving him here".

A Hurricane warning remains in effect from Edisto Beach in SC to South Santee River in Southern California.

"Against my better judgment, due to emotionalism, I evacuated", said Fisher, 74.

Perched on the porch of his home, carpenter Tony Albright was calmly awaiting Florence's arrival, beer in hand.

"I built this house myself, so I'm not anxious at all, I know it's solid", he said.

"The only thing missing in there is a hot lady".

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