Why a weaker, Category 2 hurricane is still dangerous
16 September, 2018, 01:58
Then it is likely to hover along the coast on Saturday, pushing up to 13ft of storm surge. St. Helena Island near the South Carolina-Georgia line is used to riding out big storms - from one that killed an estimated 2,000 people in 1893 to Tropical Storm Irma a year ago.
The NHC also warned in addition to the hurricane, a few tornados could possibly emerge Friday in North Carolina.
He added: "This is a very risky storm".
A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina. The father was transported to a nearby hospital with injuries. In Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack; paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris.
As Florence drew near, President Donald Trumptweeted 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. NBC News meteorologist Al Roker described Florence's potential storm surge as "the most unsafe part of the storm".
Resident Jay Manning said he and his wife watched with alarm as water filled the street.
"We already bought candles, batteries, can food items, water and so on". "My wife's in a panic right now". Thom Tillis said Thursday.
Eudy said his family stayed in their home partly to protect their house. "This is a 500- or 1,000-year event".
Duke Energy said Florence, a Category 2 storm, could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks. It was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane before coming ashore near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina. "This large-scale feature is expected to keep the hurricane moving northwestward today, followed by a turn toward the west at a much slower speed on Friday as the ridge to the north of Florence weakens due to a weak shortwave trough dropping slowly southward from the Ohio Valley", said the NHC in its 11 a.m. forecast discussion.
About 10 million people could be affected by the storm. That's comparable to Hurricane Harvey, which according to some weather stations, dropped more than four feet of rain on areas of southeastern Texas.
No matter how devastating or catastrophic a hurricane or typhoon is predicted to be, there will inevitably be some people who refuse to evacuate and insist on riding the storm out-and with Hurricane Florence getting ready to assault the Carolinas, some residents of coastal areas in North and SC are doing exactly that.
"Some say North Carolina is getting a break, but we are on the wrong side of this story", he said.
Waffle House has always been a popular spot for round-the-clock comfort food for locals and travelers alike throughout the South. The storm destroyed seven Waffle Houses, and the closures led management to revamp the company's disaster preparedness efforts.
In New Bern, at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers in North Carolina, the storm surge overwhelmed the town of 30,000. USA media later said a second man in Lenoir County died after heavy winds knocked him down as he tried to check on his dogs.
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Despite pleas from state and local officials, some residents rejected calls to evacuate. " Catastrophic effects will be felt". By Friday evening, Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm, its winds weakening to 70 miles per hour as it pushed inland.
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