Wrightsville Beach 12 brace for Florence to fully make landfall

Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence

Heavy rain, wind gusts and rising floodwaters from Hurricane Florence swamped the Carolinas as the massive storm crawled toward the coast, threatening millions of people in its path with record rainfall and punishing surf.

He said: "I've never been one to leave for a storm but this one kind of had me spooked".

"It's probably going to take another 24 hours" for Florence to pass through the Wilmington region, Reid Hawkins, science officer with the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, said at 5 a.m. Friday.

Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington, not far from the SC line, coming ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

What the hurricane "has now lost in terms of maximum wind speeds near its centre, it has now gained in terms of sheer expansiveness", said Peter Mullinax, a meteorologist at Planalytics.

SC ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents while North Carolina announced an evacuation of the Outer Banks, a popular tourist destination.

Luettich and colleagues at the University of Notre Dame and University of Texas spent 30 years developing ADCRIC, a computer model that gauges storm surge and other impacts of major coastal weather events.

More than a million people along the coastlines of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have been ordered to evacuate. "All across the state of North Carolina and portions of SC, there will be extreme flooding or major flooding at least for a number of days to come".


Benjamin Brown is a reporter for Fox News.

More than 80,000 people were already without power as Florence began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters.

Hurricane Florence was more recently downgraded to a Category 2 storm.

Another video from NOAA's GOES-East weather satellite caught a different view of Hurricane Florence.

The coastal area of SC features hundreds of inlets while North Carolina has barrier islands miles away from the mainland. There are reports of around 150 people needing rescue in New Bern, North Carolina. Heavy rains were forecast to extend into the Appalachian mountains, affecting parts of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia. Some regions are expected to receive more than 20 inches of rain from the hurricane and its giant knot of storm clouds.

The hurricane was seen as a major test for the country's Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico a year ago.

As Florence drew near, President Donald Trump tweeted that FEMA and first responders are "supplied and ready", and he disputed the official conclusion that almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico, claiming the figure was a Democratic plot to make him look bad.

"In a matter of seconds, my house was flooded up to the waist, and now it is to the chest", said Peggy Perry, who along with three relatives, was trapped early Friday in her New Bern home, according to CNN. "We chose to hunker down".

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.