Hurricane Florence looms over East Coast — WHAT'S HAPPENING

Carlton Robbins
September 15, 2018

As Hurricane Florence nears the U.S. East Coast, forecasters at the hurricane center are warning of a storm surge of up to 13 feet from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, North Carolina. The town was under evacuation orders, but 150 people were trapped there by the storm as of Friday morning.

Florence flattened trees, crumbled roads and the assault wasn't anywhere close to being over, with the siege in the Carolinas expected to last all weekend. More are on the way to help us. We are on the bad side of this storm.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) predicts that Florence will come onshore at a minimum of a category three intensity and could possibly remain a category four when landfall occurs.

A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from Wilmington police.

"There is going to be a lot of rain".

Shaken after seeing waves crashing on the Neuse River just outside his house in New Bern, restaurant owner and hurricane veteran Tom Ballance wished he had evacuated.

Hurricane Florence has already proven to be not just powerful and destructive but wildly unpredictable.

And there's "a huge difference" in the size and type of damage Florence inflicts if it stays 50 miles (80 kilometers) off shore versus heading inland immediately, Landsea said.

It diminished from hurricane force as it came ashore, but forecasters said the 350-mile-wide storm's slow progress across North and SC could leave much of the region under water in the coming days.

The center of Florence will move across extreme southeastern North Carolina Friday evening and extreme eastern South Carolina Friday night and Saturday, the NHC said.

But it was clear that this was really about the water, not the wind.

The remainder of SC and North Carolina into southwest Virginia could see 6 to 12 inches, with some isolated areas seeing 15 inches.

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Florence is forecast to dump up to 40 inches (1m) of rain in some areas after it makes landfall in North and SC.

Portions of a boat dock and boardwalk are destroyed by powerful wind and waves as Hurricane Florence arrives September 13, 2018, in Atlantic Beach, N.C.

Authorities warned, too, of the threat of mudslides and the risk of an environmental disaster from floodwaters washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.

Mr Trump was later briefed in the Oval Office in front of TV cameras by Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema). The hurricane center said Florence will approach the coast Thursday and Friday and linger for a while before rolling ashore.

Despite the potentially devastating hurricane being downgraded to category two on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, the governor of Georgia has joined his counterparts in Virginia and the Carolinas in declaring a state of emergency.

And if Florence weren't enough, other storms out there are threatening people.

Seven-day rainfall totals are forecast to reach 10 to 20 inches over portions of North Carolina.

So far, floodwater as deep as 6.3 feet and wind gusts as fast as 105 miles per hour have been recorded. Airlines had canceled almost 1,000 flights and counting.

"This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coastline".

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