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Hurricane Florence slams Carolina coast

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Cary Marshall | 14 September, 2018, 12:22

"Catastrophic effects will be felt".

"Some say North Carolina is getting a break, but we are on the wrong side of this story", he said. Tens of thousands were without power.

The storm was a unsafe Category 4 hurricane Wednesday but has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm Thursday. These sustained winds will continue through much of the weekend. It is now at Category 1.

Hurricane Florence will be one of the biggest storms to make landfall along the United States eastern seaboard in decades. That's enough to fill more than 15 million Olympic-size swimming pools.

"It's cumulative damage", Myers said. "So will the power lines, as the trees fall down".

"Just because the wind speed came down, the intensity of this storm came down to a Cat 2, please do not let your guard down", said Brock Long, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The National looks at the science behind Hurricane Florence and why it's being called a once-in-a-generation storm.

More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm approached, and more than 12,000 were in shelters.

"Inland flooding kills a lot of people, unfortunately, and that's what we're about to see", he said.

"It doesn't matter where you are", he said.

As of Thursday morning, forecast models showed the storm bringing more rain than originally thought - officials now predict 35 inches of rain will fall in a two-day period as Florence, now a Category 2 storm with 115 miles per hour sustained winds, will stall over Wilmington after making landfall early Friday morning.

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The Carolinas will bear the brunt of the storm, but as it moves inland, Virginia, Georgia, and Maryland will also be hit.

Roads and intersections on North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands were already inundated with water. The town is less than 5 feet above sea level and officials worry that as many as 1,000 of the town's 6,300 residents are planning to stay.

Storm surge is deadly.

"Our sand dunes are healthy, but they're not going to be able to keep back a wall of water like that", he said. "Flooding is nearly guaranteed".

She said: "It's not the middle of a hurricane yet, so why not come for a beer?" She packed up what she could and took a ferry.

"Against my better judgment, due to emotionalism, I evacuated", said Fisher, 74.

A state of emergency has been declared in five coastal states - North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia - as well as the USA capital Washington.

On Thursday evening, Florence's forward movement was just 5mph.

Watching the scene unfold from space, German Alexander Gerst, an astronaut on board the ISS, tweeted photos of the enormous storm. "Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you".

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

Severe weather events like Hurricane Florence are evolving, which means risk assessment must evolve, too. Hurricane Helene is veering toward Europe. Should the storm stall in a way similar to Hurricane Harvey, life-threatening rain and flooding will occur. Those four storms are brewing at the same time Hurricane Olivia is pounding Hawaii.

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