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

Hurricane Florence tracker: Where is Hurricane Florence NOW? Latest path projections

Hurricane Florence tracker: Where is Hurricane Florence NOW? Latest path projections

After maintaining Category 4 or 3 status most of Wednesday, Florence was a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph churning about 205 miles southeast of Wilmington, according to a 5 a.m. briefing by the National Hurricane Center.

The center said the threat of freshwater flooding will increase over the next several days.

More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters. Some residents have reported that they are trapped in their attics and on their roofs as storm surge has flooded the lower levels of their homes.

People in the storm's path shared video on social media of the now-Category 1 hurricane's still-intense 90 miles per hour (150 km/h) winds as the eyewall moved through Wilmington, North Carolina.

Five county swift-board teams as well as the "Cajun Navy" from Louisaiana are attempting to rescue everyone they can.

Parker says water levels in some areas of Craven County are already higher than Hurricane Irene.

Near the beach in Wilmington, a Waffle House restaurant, part of a chain with a reputation for staying open during disasters, had no plan to close even if power was lost, and there were lines to get in on Thursday evening.

Morehead City resident Rebecca Marson decided not to evacuate because her surgeon husband wanted to remain behind with other first responders. "This is just the beginning".

"This storm has been hovering over us for a while, and we expect it to continue to hover over us", Parker said. We have wind and rain.

No area in the U.S. would be able to easily deal with Hurricane Florence, but the communities in its path this time are more vulnerable than in the past.

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Forecasters anxious the storm's damage will be all the worse if it lingers on the coast.

Its storm surge and the prospect of 1 to 3½ feet of rain were considered a bigger threat than its winds, which dropped off from an alarming 140 miles per hour - Category 4 - earlier in the week.

Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday morning just east of Wilmington, North Carolina, where it brought a life-threatening storm surge that pushed water inland for miles, pounding rains and powerful winds that battered buildings in its path. The worst of the surge amounts predicted along the North Carolina coastline are 9-13 feet above ground, Feltgen said. "It's discouraging to see a crop you worked with all year long, nurture it, plant it and see it destroyed". "I've lived here all my life".

"I've never seen the president and all these other people talk the way they're talking", he said while waiting for an evacuation bus.

Footage uploaded to social media shows surges of seawater flooding inland and heavy sheet rain blowing through the streets.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm and more than 1 million were ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia. Video footage showed parking lots in the riverfront town of New Bern turn into shallow lakes of dirty gray water as heavy rain fell.

Millions of people could lose power across North and SC.

The rising sea crept toward the two-story home of Tom Copeland, who lives on a spit of land surrounded by water in Swansboro.

Jacksonville Public Safety spokesperson Beth Purcell tells TIME that flood waters have not yet reached Jacksonville, but that conditions are "very poor".

Duke Energy, a power company in the Carolinas, estimated that one million to three million customers could lose electricity because of the storm and that it could take weeks to restore.

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