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

Hurricane Florence: Where will the storm hit?

Hurricane Florence: Where will the storm hit?

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".

The News & Observer reports that the storm's path shifted early Wednesday and it is now bearing down on southern North Carolina and northern SC, where it could dump up to 40 inches of rain in places.

While the storm may have slowed down slightly, it will still bring life-threatening storm surges, high winds, massive flooding and power cuts as it makes landfall on the coast of North and SC. These could be as high as 13ft (4m) along parts of the North Carolina coast. The Category 1 storm has maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour and is moving slowly, at 6 miles per hour.

She said: "It's not the middle of a hurricane yet, so why not come for a beer?"

The southern portion of the Virginia coast is under a tropical storm warning - from north of Duck, North Carolina, to Cape Charles Light, Virginia, and the Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort.

We will have tropical storm force winds and rain and storm surge continues to be our main concern with extreme flooding.

At the time of writing, over 116,000 people were watching the storm approach the tower, which "is a privately owned surplus Coast Guard Light Station", that also doubles as a "unique adventure bed & breakfast" when the weather is more appropriate.

Tens of thousands are without power in North Carolina.

In the Carolinas, forecasters said that given the storm's size and a likely sluggish track, the hurricane could cause epic damage akin to what the Houston area saw during Hurricane Harvey just over a year ago, with floodwaters swamping homes and businesses and washing over industrial and farm waste sites.

Hurricane Florence's winds and rain batters US Carolinas coast
Even miles away from the Atlantic, North Carolina residents in low-lying areas are boarding up and emptying stores. Forecasters said Florence's eye could come ashore early Friday around the North Carolina-South Carolina line.


But North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned: "Don't relax, don't get complacent". "If we lose the house, oh well, we can get housing".

Hurricane Florence is beginning to bear down on the Carolinas with heavy winds and rising tides.

General O'Shaughnessy said there were about 7,000 U.S. military personnel now in place and ready to respond to the storm, along with ships, helicopters, high-wheeled vehicles and other equipment.

"This is a very risky storm", said FEMA's Long, urging people still in evacuation zones to heed orders to flee to safer ground.

SC ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents while North Carolina announced an evacuation of the Outer Banks, a popular tourist destination.

Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms.

Despite pleas from officials, some residents rejected calls to evacuate.

But, knowing the intensity of Florence's impact on Myrtle Beach, "My friends are worrying me right now", Combs said.

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