Monday, 22 October, 2018

Hurricane Florence starts battering US East Coast

Water from Neuse River floods houses as Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern North Carolina Water from Neuse River floods houses as Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern North Carolina
Eleanor Moreno | 17 September, 2018, 03:19

"This is still a very, very unsafe storm, not only on the coast but also in the interior of the state", said South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, R.

The outer bands of the cyclone drenched the Carolinas on Thursday, flooding roads and knocking out power in an ominous glimpse of the damage it could inflict when it makes landfall on Friday. Heavy rainfall began after dark.

"I about jumped out of my skin", he said in a phone interview Friday morning.

"We have completed all of our water rescues & want to sincerely thank all of the volunteers who helped us save lives".

The City of North Myrtle Beach stated its curfew is meant to protect residents, minimize the potential for looting and other crimes, and keep roadways clear for emergency personnel, and includes patronizing restaurants.

Tom Ballance said his wife went to Atlanta and he stayed behind in their New Bern home with their three dogs and a cat. "We just bought a new house so I'm kinda nervous". "The infrastructure's going to break, the power's going to go out. but we are going to do everything that we can to push forward as quickly as we can to get things back up and working".

Although Florence has been downgraded from a category four to a category two storm, North Carolina governor Roy Cooper warned: "Don't relax, don't get complacent".

More than 421,000 South Carolinians already have evacuated from the coast, McMaster said.

Hurricane Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm Thursday night, but it is still a major storm that will have a significant impact on North and SC and cause considerable damage to the region. Several places already had more than 16 inches (40 centimeters) of rain, and Oriental, North Carolina got more than 20 inches (50 centimeters) in just a few hours. As it moves over land, the storm will slow down and begin to lose power.

In Norfolk, Virginia, police were alerted to people dressed in fluorescent vests going door to door and telling residents that they had to leave their homes and businesses, The Associated Press reported Thursday. We are more inland from the coast.


The shelter had been set up in a school and was offering temporary refugee from the elements to around 400 people on Thursday, although it had a capacity for up to 1,200 in the popular seaside resort.

Hurricane Florence continues to expand in size.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Centre said the storm would weaken after making landfall but also linger, dumping heavy rains for days.

"We have quite literally surrounded the expected affected area with DOD capability that will be critical in hours and days following the storm's impact", said Air Force Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, who heads U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

"Just because the wind speed came down, the intensity of this storm came down to a Cat 2, please do not let your guard down", warned Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

As Florence drew near, President Donald Trump tweeted that FEMA and first responders are "supplied and ready", and he disputed the official conclusion that almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico, claiming the figure was a Democratic plot to make him look bad. The footage also shows floating debris and high winds.

Constable said she's prepared for the worst. "Because it's Mother Nature".

According to stats compiled from Weather.us meteorologist Ryan Maue, about 17 trillion gallons of rain will fall over the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia. That's enough water to fill the Empire State Building almost 40,000 times.

Rivers are expected to burst their banks.Some 1.7 million people have been ordered to evacuate from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Another said she was watching the forecasts, and would be ready to pack up and leave at the last minute if she had to.

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