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

Wrightsville Beach 12 brace for Florence to fully make landfall

Wrightsville Beach 12 brace for Florence to fully make landfall

The top counties affected are Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Duplin, Johnston, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Sampson, Wake and Waynecounties, NC Emergency Management said.

Hurricane Florence roared ashore Friday morning, bringing punishing winds and rains.

Cooper said Florence would "continue its violent grind across the state for days".

With graphics depicting an intersection on a street in the American state of North Carolina, the forecaster explains what is likely to happen as the water engulfs the state's coastline amid sound effects of wind, rain and rushing water.

Fire firefighters rescue people from their flooded home during the Hurricane Florence in New Bern, North Carolina, on September 14, 2018.

That said, the storm is still expected to stall once it hits the Wilmington coast, with weather officials early Thursday raising the expected total rainfall for Wilmington to 35 inches - weather officials had predicted 30 inches for Wilmington in briefings released Wednesday.

At first he thought the firefighters were there to help restore electricity, but when he saw police and paramedics arrive he knew it was something much more tragic.

A spokesperson for the ABC affiliate said roads around the building were flooding.

State reports two dead from West Nile virus
Through a news release the ISDH provided the following steps to help residents reduce the threat of West Nile virus in their area. To protect horses, owners in the region are advised to ask their veterinarian about the West Nile Virus vaccine.

The NHC said Florence went ashore near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, at 7:15 a.m. EDT with estimated maximum winds of 90 miles per hour. The hurricane is now centered about 220 miles (354km) east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and 170 miles to the south-east of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Helping with rescues there were members of the so-called Cajun Navy, a group of Louisiana-based volunteers who became famous during last year's Hurricane Harvey, locals said on Twitter.

Their graphics look like something out of a video game, featuring a reporter in the center of a screen and water towering overhead to show how high the water can get.

Police said 150 to 200 residents have been rescued earlier on Friday and 150 or more were still awaiting rescue.

Florence crashed into the Carolina coast on Friday, felling trees, dumping almost three feet of rain on some spots and leading to the death of four people before it was downgraded to a tropical storm still capable of wreaking havoc.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm would move further inland across extreme southeastern North Carolina and extreme eastern SC on Friday and Saturday. "We are not going to make it, '" Cherry said. Significant weakening was expected over the weekend.

About one million seven hundred thousand people have been ordered to evacuate on the coast of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Teia Cherry and her family thought they could ride out Florence, now a tropical storm, at home. Super Typhoon Mangkhut was expected to hit an area in the Philippines on Saturday that would affect 5.2 million people.

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