USA coast battered by wind, rain as Hurricane Florence closes in

Florence’s quiet potential disaster: Hog manure

Florence’s quiet potential disaster: Hog manure

Florence was expected to make landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina, at midday local time (5pm Irish time), and forecasters said its size meant it could batter the US East Coast with hurricane-force winds for almost a full day.

Florence is forecasted to to meander southward through SC after landfall, then it will eventually get caught in the upper level flow and move out of the region.

Florence had once been a Category 4 storm, but even as a Category 1, it could still packs winds of 90 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said.

Heavy surf crashes the dunes at high tide in Nags Head, N.C., on September 13 as Hurricane Florence approaches the coast.

It is the storm's movement and not its strength that has forecasters and officials anxious.

The company said as many as three-fourths of its 4 million customers in North Carolina and SC could lose power.

She said a hurricane has a way of bringing everyone to the same level.

More than 20,000 residents and businesses in eastern counties are without power, according to online updates from Duke Energy and the N.C. Electric Cooperatives.


"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico", Trump said on Twitter.

Landfall is expected late Thursday or early Friday, and the National Hurricane Center fears the storm "will slow considerably or stall, leading to a prolonged and exceptionally heavy and risky rainfall event Friday-Sunday". Heavy rains were forecast to extend into the Appalachian mountains, affecting parts of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia. Two amphibious Navy ships are on standby to respond and provide disaster relief after Florence moves through.

At the time of writing, over 116,000 people were watching the storm approach the tower, which "is a privately owned surplus Coast Guard Light Station", that also doubles as a "unique adventure bed & breakfast" when the weather is more appropriate.

Rescue helicopters and trucks that can navigate floodwaters are also standing by.

Several residents fled the coast under both mandatory and voluntary evacuations.

Up to 10 million people lie in the path of the storm, which still poses a risk to life and property, although it has been downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane. "You go the other direction east toward Atlantic Beach - it's all dark". "We just want prayers from everyone".

The police chief of Wrightsville Beach suggested that those who made a decision to stay give him their next-of-kin contact information. By leaving his executive order declaring a statewide emergency in place, the state will be ready, if necessary, Hogan spokeswoman Amelia Chasse said.

A simulation weather video is showing what the life-threatening Hurricane Florence storm surge might look like if it reaches a frightening nine feet (2.7m).

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