Cleveland natives make it home as Hurricane Florence cancels thousands of flights

Cesar Mills
September 17, 2018

"This is still a very, very risky storm, not only on the coast but also in the interior of the state", said South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, R.

By late Thursday afternoon, Florence's fierce headwinds were already uprooting trees and tearing down power lines and had ripped the roof off of at least one building in coastal North Carolina, according to news station WGHP. "Stay on guard", Cooper said.

Forecasters said wind speeds had dropped from a high of 225 kilometers per hour to 175 kph, reducing it from a Category 4 storm to a Category 2 one, and additional fluctuations and weakening were likely as it swirled toward land.

Airlines have cancelled more than 1,500 flights, and coastal towns across the Carolinas are largely empty after 1.7 million people in three states were told to clear out.

Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall in the Eastern Seaboard on Thursday and Friday.

She said she expects to be without power for up to two weeks.

Hurricane-force winds now extend up to 80 miles and tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 195 miles from the center of the storm. "The broadening of the event also signals that storm surge and flooding will remain important drivers of overall loss. Rainfalls up to 40 inches (102 centimeters) in some places are expected in a region ranging from coastal North Carolina to northeastern SC, with flash flooding likely, according to the NHC.

The hurricane center said Florence would approach the coast on Friday and linger for a while before rolling ashore.

Another Wilmington resident said she does not want to leave because she is afraid to see what she would be coming back to. "Have some pity on us because if you stay here and you have a problem and we have to get out in it, there's a chance that we won't because we can't".

More than one million people have already been ordered to evacuate the coasts of North and SC and Virginia, with thousands more moved to emergency shelters, officials said.

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"I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", he said.

In Norfolk, Virginia, police were alerted to people dressed in fluorescent vests going door to door and telling residents that they had to leave their homes and businesses, The Associated Press reported Thursday.

The greatest effect of Hurricane Florence will be felt along the coast from Bald Head Island to Topsail Beach says Director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines Robert Young.

The National Weather Service is forecasting "significant" river flooding, especially in the northeastern portion of the state.

Southeastern coastal North Carolina and far northeastern SC are expected to get pelted with 20 to 30 inches of rain, and some isolated spots may get up to 40 inches in 48 hours. While some folks have made the wild decision to stay put, The Weather Channel's confronting vid might just convince folks to hoof it out of there before things get worse.

Some evacuees who've been displaced since Tuesday were increasingly growing impatient and anxious as reports about where the storm would hit, and how hard, have changed.

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

The flooding soon spread into SC, swamping places like North Myrtle Beach, in a resort area known for its white sands and multitude of golf courses.

"I find it very unfortunate that the consensus track (where they draw the middle of the cone) goes through through Cullowhee".

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