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Frying Pan Web Cam Shows Hurricane Florence Off North Carolina Coast

What happened 17 years ago Hurricane Florence: Residents told to 'heed the warnings'
Cary Marshall | 14 September, 2018, 08:24

Hurricane Florence already has inundated coastal streets with ocean water and left tens of thousands without power, and more is to come.

The police chief of a barrier island in Florence's bulls'-eye said he was asking for next-of-kin contact information from the few residents who refused to leave.

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The Hurricane Center reported heavy rain bands with tropical-storm-force winds had arrived in the North Carolina Outer Banks. Despite its unpredictable path, it was forecast to make landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina, at midday on Friday.

Some forecasters have predicted it could be the most powerful storm ever to hit the region.

The storm's center was about 50 miles south of Morehead City at around 11 p.m. EST (0300 GMT Friday). Florence was progressing northwest at about 6 miles per hour. People in the Carolinas had the daytime hours Thursday to complete their final preparations to ride out or escape the storm.

The hurricane center says Hurricane Florence will likely carry sustained winds of 110 mph within the next 12 hours.

North Carolina and SC are bracing for the onslaught, which could bring storm surges as high as nine feet and rainfall of as much as 40 inches in some areas.

"This storm will bring destruction", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said.

The storm will churn very slowly Friday and Saturday, extending the damaging winds and huge amounts of rain that will hit the same areas of North and SC for 24 hours.

"Little change in strength is expected before the center reaches the coast, with weakening expected after the center moves inland", the briefing said.

North Carolina has had this problem before.

Florence has prompted massive evacuations.

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At a press conference Thursday morning, officials stressed that Hurricane Florence's wind speed may have fallen, but the danger has not.

"We live in a mobile home so we were just like 'No way, '" she said. While all simulations show the storm turning back to the north Sunday or Monday (local time), exactly where that turns occurs is a big wild card.

"They say if you stay (home), it's at your own risk", she said, noting that emergency services personnel said they could not risk their lives rescuing anyone who had disregarded official evacuation notices.

The worst may come as the gargantuan storm swirls past the shore and dumps days of rain on mountainous interiors, potentially creating disastrous mudslides.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster added: "Time is running out". "Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you".

But not everyone has packed their bags.

Near the beach in Wilmington, a Waffle House restaurant, part of a chain with a reputation for staying open during disasters, had no plans to close, even if power was lost, and there were lines to get in on Thursday evening.

"But we can't replace us so we chose to come here". "Play in the water, enjoy the sunshine".

She continued: "Of course we're anxious. We have to keep watching". We're keeping track of it, seeing where it's going to hit and what category it is.

Hurricane Florence, after weeks of warnings, has finally begun to touch down in the Carolinas on Thursday afternoon. "I can take care of all of that", Chris Johnson told ABC News. "It's probably good for our marriage". We only need to remember that tropical storm Irene was not a hurricane when it created tremendous damage to homes and covered bridges in Vermont in 2011. "But I think it'll be OK". I'm glad we both came to the decision ourselves.

Why is Florence so large?

South Carolina's state capital Columbia is at only 89m (292ft).

Overcrowded animal shelters in some North Carolina districts were facing a more grim prospect: euthanizing animals that can't be shipped to safety.

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