Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall in US

14 Septembre, 2018, 20:44 | Auteur: Therese Cote
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The center of the hurricane's eye came ashore at about 0715 EDT near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina, with sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Florence's winds have dropped from a peak of 140mph to 105mph, reducing the hurricane from a Category 4 to a Category 2.

When all is said and done, Florence could pour 40 inches of rain along some parts of the North Carolina coast, according to CNN.

High winds and storm surge from Hurricane Florence hits Swansboro N.C., September 14, 2018.

"We're just trying to plan for the future here, not having a house for an extended period of time", David Garrigus said.

Their entire neighbourhood evacuated in Wilmington, North Carolina, David and Janelle Garrigus planned to ride out Florence at their daughter's one-bedroom apartment in Charlotte.

Hurricane Helene is moving north, where it's expected to become a tropical storm Thursday.

The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said hurricane and storm surge warnings are in effect for South Santee River in SC to Duck, North Carolina, and the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds.

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Hurricane Florence makes turbulent arrival with strong winds, bands of rain
About 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it's unclear how many did, officials said. Footage shows a pier and a beach in Nags Head, North Carolina, being hit with heavy surf as the storm rolls into the area.

A hurricane warning is in effect for South Santee River, SC, north to Duck, NC, and the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.

Hurricane Florence's path could affect the homes of more than 5 million people, and more than 1 million of them have been ordered to evacuate. It has also moved most ships, submarines, and planes from their base at Hampton Roads, Virginia to safety far at sea or in distant airbases.

The police chief of Wrightsville Beach suggested that those who made a decision to stay give him their next-of-kin contact information.

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 state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety ahead of Hurricane Florence", said Deal.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic basin, Tropical Storm Isaac will strike the islands of the Lesser Antilles, which are expected to experience tropical storm conditions and rainfall amounts of up to 6 inches. On Friday, he applauded the efforts of emergency responders. "Thank you!", Trump wrote on Twitter.

As North Carolina residents began to feel the first modest effects of a weakened Hurricane Florence on Thursday, forecasters warned the powerful storm will bring seawater surging onto land and torrential downpours.

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