More than 20,000 on NC coast already without power from Florence gusts

Cesar Mills
September 15, 2018

On Friday, coastal streets in the Carolinas flowed with frothy ocean water, pieces of torn-apart buildings flew through the air, and at least 525,000 homes and businesses were without power, almost all of them in North Carolina. For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at hurricanes.gov.

"In a matter of seconds, my house was flooded up to the waist, and now it is to the chest", she said.

The Category 1 storm has maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour and is moving slowly, at 6 miles per hour.

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It is expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said.

The surge in power outages along the coast was the result of gusts coming off Hurricane Florence and blowing trees into power lines, said Lisa Crawley, a spokeswoman for the co-ops.

"This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", the Hurricane Center said. "I hope we don't but that might be the only thing that would affect us", James said. We will have tropical storm force winds and rain and storm surge continues to be our main concern with extreme flooding. Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 kilometres) from its centre, and tropical-storm-force winds reached out 195 miles (315 kilometres).

The top wind gusts were reported in Raleigh are at 39 miles per hour.

The hurricane is now centered about 220 miles (354km) east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and 170 miles to the south-east of Wilmington, North Carolina.

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Hurricane Florence crawling toward the Carolinas, coastal water levels rising
On Friday, the storm's center will hug the coast of southeast North Carolina, where the most severe effects are expected. By 5 a.m. today, the storm was about 205 miles east/southeast of Wilmington, N.C. with 110-mph maximum sustained winds .

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper encouraged those in the path of the storm to take immediate action.

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

According to Fire Chief Glen Rogers, there are in fact only 12 people left on the beach to sit out the storm.

States of emergency have already been declared in both North and SC.

The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Florence has finally made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina.

Hurricane Florence has arrived in North Carolina, bringing massive floods and damage caused by heavy rain and an enormous storm surge.

New Bern Police Lt. David Daniels said early Friday morning that between 150 and 200 people had been rescued so far, with others still waiting for help. Florence is expected to arrive in southeast North Carolina on Friday morning before drifting south into SC. Storm surges as high as 7 to 11 feet remain threats from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout in North Carolina, with life-threatening surges up to 6 feet possible across a much wider area.

Screaming winds bent trees and raindrops flew sideways as Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday.

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