Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

More than 150,000 already without power in NC before Florence makes landfall

More than 150,000 already without power in NC before Florence makes landfall

Even though the one-time Category 4 tempest has been downgraded to a Category 2, it's still packing lethal 100-mph winds and the potential for 13-foot storm surges and 40 inches of rain, officials warned.

Hurricane Florence has only just begun to wreak havoc along the Carolina coastlines, but already people are capturing absolutely shocking footage of the storm surges from the category 2 hurricane.

Being such a small number, first responders have made clear to them the situation when the storm makes its expected complete landfall by 8 a.m. Friday morning. The winds from Florence have decreased a bit, now at category two level (below major status).

"This is a very unsafe storm", Long said.

The hurricane's surge could cover large swathes of the Carolina coast under as much as 11ft (3.3m) of seawater. "They have a team where one will being there during the storm and they had me put on the team to come on after".

Heavy bands of rain and tropical storm force winds are sweeping across the barrier islands off North Carolina and along the southeastern coast of the state.

"I'm not leaving my child", Foster said.

Ahead, here's everything you need to know about Hurricane Florence.

Forecasters said conditions will deteriorate as the storm pushes ashore early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and makes its way slowly inland. This is a powerful storm that can kill.

A buoy off the North Carolina coast recorded waves almost 30 feet (9 meters) high as Florence churned toward shore.

Gerst was in absolute awe of the storm, as we all would be, saying the storm was so wide they could only capture it with a wide angle lens.

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In addition to the storm surge, "There is going to be a lot of rain", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said on Thursday.

Winds and waves began battering the Carolinas on Thursday as officials warned that Hurricane Florence - while weakening slightly - remains a "very unsafe storm" capable of wreaking havoc along a wide swathe of the US East Coast. Power outages and downed trees are expected with any tropical system, he said.

Dozens of North Carolina school districts were closed, as well as almost all schools in the University of North Carolina system.

With forecasters anxious about a repeat of Hurricane Harvey, which inundated Houston with floodwater a year ago, NHC Director Ken Graham explained to the Associated Press: "It truly is really about the whole size of this storm".

"Either no (hotel) rooms are available, or we are denied because the breed or size of dogs", she said.

Pentagon officials said about 7,000 service members, including 4,000 National Guard personnel, were positioned for the storm and thousands more were prepared to deploy if needed. They've also been praying, singing songs in their native language.

"The shelters are not taking dogs", Ramirez said.

Schools and businesses closed as far south as Georgia, airlines canceled more than 1,500 flights, and coastal towns in the Carolinas were largely emptied out.

More than 1 million people have been ordered to evacuate - but the window to do so is nearly over.

On Monday, with the storm appearing to shift south, McMaster, the SC governor, ordered schools in Aiken County, near the Georgia line, to close for the rest of the week to free up shelter space for hurricane evacuees. From east to west, the community is less than a dozen blocks deep, with the Atlantic on one side and the Cape Fear River on the other.

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