Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Hurricane Florence: North Carolina family's garage submerged in water

Hurricane Florence: North Carolina family's garage submerged in water

Hurricane Florence has begun battering it's way through the North Carolina coastline with heavy rain and high winds in what people fear could lead to the deaths of "a lot of people".

Inland flooding near New Bern, North Carolina caused by Hurricane Florence's storm surge as predicted by the ADCIRC computer model. The Category 1 storm has maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour and is moving slowly, at 6 miles per hour.

The reports came just hours after Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15am local time (11:30 GMT) at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington, as the centre of its eye moved onshore, the National Hurricane Center said.

Rescue workers in North Carolina meanwhile were scrambling to save people stranded in their homes.

More than 1.7 million people in Virginia, North and SC were told to evacuate ahead of Florence's arrival. North of the landfall, another 150 people near the town of New Bern required rescue from floods along the Neuse River.

After that, Florence is forecast to move northwest and north and move across western SC on Sunday, Sept. 15, and across western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee on Monday, Sept. 16, the NHC said.

Storm surge, the rising mound of water that builds up and comes ashore during a hurricane, is often the deadliest and most destructive threat from the storms.

Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 am at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line, coming ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

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"Catastrophic freshwater flooding expected over portions of North and SC". Cooper said he hopes more shelters will also open today.

Coastal streets flowed with ocean water, and more than 460,000 homes and businesses were without power, mostly in North Carolina, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the nation's electrical grid.

Myrtle Beach, a SC beach resort, was deserted with empty streets, boarded up storefronts and very little traffic.

Not everybody was heeding orders to evacuate, however. Projections as of 5:00am EST on September 13, 2018.

Antonio Ramirez, a construction worker from El Salvador living in Leland, North Carolina, said he planned to ride out the worst of the weather with his dog Canelo. Six sheriff's officers came to his house to rescue him Friday morning, but he didn't need to leave since the water was dropping by then.

Some residents ignored calls to evacuate.

"I hope we don't but that might be the only thing that would affect us", James said.

"I built this house myself, so I'm not anxious at all, I know it's solid", he said.

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