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Hurricane Florence likely to affect southeast USA energy infrastructure

Hurricane Florence likely to affect southeast USA energy infrastructure Hurricane Florence likely to affect southeast USA energy infrastructure
Elijah Vega | 16 September, 2018, 00:55

Florence is expected to go move slowly as it approaches North and SC, whipping hurricane-force winds and dumping relentless rain at least through Saturday. "Catastrophic effects will be felt". The hurricane center downgraded Florence to a tropical storm later in the day.

The hurricane was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as sluggish and unprepared for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico past year.

In New Bern, at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers in North Carolina, the storm surge overwhelmed the town of 30,000. High winds, life-threatening storm-surge flooding and significant rain are expected across a much wider area, according to the NHC.

He wrote: "Live along areas of the North/South Carolina coast, ordered to evacuate and not going to do it?"

Myrtle Beach, a SC beach resort, was virtually deserted with empty streets, boarded up storefronts and very little traffic.

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.

Avair Vereen, 39, took her seven children to a shelter in Conway High School.

The hurricane was "wreaking havoc" and could wipe out entire communities as it makes its "violent grind across our state for days", the governor said. "I've got four cats inside the house. But can't replace us, so we chose to come here", said the 39-year-old.

As of 5 a.m., Florence was centered about 25 miles (35 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina.

It is expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said. CoreLogic noted at the time of its advisory that SC is not included in the table as it is not expected to exceed tropical storm force winds based on the projected track. Some areas could receive as much as 40 inches (one meter) of rain, forecasters said. Rainfalls up to 40 inches (102 centimeters) in some places are expected in a region ranging from coastal North Carolina to northeastern SC, with flash flooding likely, according to the NHC.

Hurricane Florence is on a path of destruction that will put millions of people at risk and threaten billions of dollars in property damage, centered on the Carolinas.

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At least 12,000 people had taken refuge in 126 emergency shelters, Cooper said.

"Your time is running out", he warned.

Overall, Young says that evacuees from the coast who have fled to the mountains made the right choice.

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

"Mandatory" evacuations in coastal Virginia and the Carolinas have been underway for days in advance of Hurricane Florence, but some residents have chosen to remain in their homes.

Garden City Fire District Chief Norman Knight told Murrells Inlet residents on Thursday that it was still not too late to leave.

With the hurricane beginning to batter North Carolina, the state's Governor has asked US President Donald Trump for another federal disaster declaration beyond what he declared earlier this week.

Duke Energy Co. said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks.

Not everybody was heeding orders to evacuate, however.

Antonio Ramirez, a construction worker from El Salvador living in Leland, North Carolina, said he planned to ride out the worst of the weather with his dog Canelo. "I'm not leaving him here".

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