Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Tracking Hurricane Florence as storm lands in North Carolina

Tracking Hurricane Florence as storm lands in North Carolina Tracking Hurricane Florence as storm lands in North Carolina
Julia Gonzales | 16 September, 2018, 06:07

A flash flood watch is in effect through Sunday evening, according to the National Weather Service in Raleigh.

By Friday evening, the center of the storm had moved to eastern SC, about 15 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

There is really nowhere for the water to go.

"The fact that there haven't been more deaths and damage is incredible and a blessing", said Rebekah Roth, walking around Wilmington's Winoca Terrace neighborhood on Saturday. We don't know who they are, but they've touched our hearts.

"Florence is here to stay for awhile", McMaster said from Columbia Friday afternoon.

The Philippines tends to get hit almost every year, the Carolinas far less frequently though with lots of close calls, Maue said.

More than 12,000 people were in shelters in North Carolina and 400 in Virginia, where the forecast was less dire. "And you don't need power to sling booze", said owner Eli Ellsworth.

Holt, who has diabetes and clogged arteries, said she stayed for doctor's appointments that were canceled at the last minute. She tried to row out of her neighborhood Thursday night with a boat that was in her yard after her home began to flood, but she had to retreat because of the poor conditions. We got thrown into mailboxes.

That's how hard the wind gusted in North Carolina's New River inlet.

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Rescue workers rush a man to an ambulance after a giant tree fell on a house in Wilmington, N.C.as Hurricane Florence came ashore, September 14, 2018.

Firefighters came together in prayer during an operation to remove a tree that fell on a home in Wilmington, NC.

"These are folks who chose to stay and ride out the storm for whatever reason, despite having a mandatory evacuation", city public information officer Colleen Roberts said.

Helicopter crews have carried out dozens of missions in coastal North Carolina and helped in the rescue of 50 people and eight pets, said Petty Officer Michael Himes of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Officials in SC said a 61-year-old woman died when her vehicle struck a tree that had fallen across a highway near the town of Union. "Don't drive across standing or moving water".

Forecasters said that given the storm's size and sluggish track, it 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 waste sites and hog-manure ponds. It has three-and-a-half times more storms that reach major hurricane strength of 111 miles per hour, and three times more accumulated energy out of those hurricanes, an index that measures not just strength and number of storms but how long they last, according to more than 65 years of storm data. Duke Energy, the area's biggest utility company, said that figure could rise to three million and restoring power could take weeks.

There have been seven storm-related deaths since Florence, then a Category-1 hurricane, made landfall Friday morning.

Usually hurricanes this far north deliver their punch and quickly leave town. Both storms cover a large area, but Mangkut still dwarfs Florence.

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