Florence rolls ashore in Carolinas, tears buildings apart
Florence rolls ashore in Carolinas, tears buildings apart
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16 September, 2018, 20:41
The storm made landfall at Wrightsville Beach at 7:15 a.m., with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.
It is expected to dump 18 trillion gallons of rainwater on United States soil, meteorologist Ryan Maue tweeted. "But I think we're ready".
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles. It was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane before coming ashore near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina.
Cline said July was the wettest ever in that part of North Carolina, and the water table rose 21 inches higher than normal.
Along the coast, floodwaters have been hitting inland towns near rivers that normally discharge into the ocean. At 5:30 a.m. a reporter in a downtown hotel here in Wilmington heard the signature hurricane sound - a low, heavy humming combined with an nearly musical high note.
A hotter atmosphere can also hold more water, so this should allow hurricanes to dump more water on affected areas.
Travel on the state's roads has grown "extremely hazardous" and will get worse, said Jim Trogdon, the North Carolina transportation secretary.
In the days leading up to the arrival of Hurricane Florence, North Carolina's governor offered a series of dire warnings.
The No. 1 mission right now, Cooper said, is to save lives.
Resident Jay Manning said he and his wife watched with alarm as water filled the street. And she has seen reports of people fleeing to rooftops to escape high floodwaters.
"We have a house that was destroyed in Irma", Griffin said. He said parts of the state had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 10 feet.
Officials have warned people against entering attics, so as to avoid drowning, unless they have a means to cut through to the roof. "I love hurricanes. But this one has been an experience for me", she said.
Forecasters say Florence is now a tropical storm but will continue to threaten North and SC with powerful winds and catastrophic freshwater flooding.
"This hurricane is going to be with us for about two days", Gov. Henry McMaster said, noting that Hurricane Hugo moved through the state in a matter of hours.
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. Forecasters said the onslaught could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas.
To prepare for this storm, businesses have been boarding up, and supplies have been readied for what is expected to be a large-scale relief operation.
A state of emergency was declared in five coastal states - North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia. Thousands of soldiers from their National Guard forces have been mobilized.
"Hurricane Florence is powerful, slow and relentless", he said.
Hurricane Florence remains a significant storm surge and flash flood event, according to the latest public advisory from the National Hurricane Center. They chose to leave their fifth-floor Wrightsville Beach condominium before Hurricane Florence trapped them.
Federal officials are urging anyone who ignored orders to evacuate from Hurricane Florence to hunker down and stay put until the storm passes. Florence has been a odd tropical cyclone since it materialized in the distant Atlantic and took an unusual path toward the mainland United States.
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Emergency workers arrived to find the Triangle Motor Inn's structure crumbling, with many guests still in their rooms. President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency on the federal level Tuesday for the Carolinas and Virginia.
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President Trump has declared an emergency in the three states and says the government is " as ready as anybody has ever been ". The wide storm weakened to a Category 3 hurricane Wednesday and forecasters expect it to weaken further as it nears the shore.
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More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters. Though Florence did not arrive with winds as violent as once feared, forecasters got the storm surge and rainfall correct.