More than 20,000 on NC coast already without power from Florence gusts

14 Septembre, 2018, 12:52 | Auteur: Therese Cote

Florence had once been a Category 4 storm, but even as a Category 1, it could still packs winds of 90 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said.

5 a.m.: The latest update from the National Hurricane Center shows little change to Florence's path or strength.

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A buoy off the North Carolina coast recorded waves almost 30 feet high as Florence churned toward shore.

Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 kilometres) from its centre, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometres). The prospect of even more rain across Pennsylvania anxious Port Deposit Mayor Wayne Tome Sr. on Thursday.

Cheryl Browning lives with her husband and son, who has terminal cancer, in Richlands, North Carolina.

After criticism for its response in Puerto Rico to last year's Hurricane Maria, which officials there said was responsible for 3,000 deaths, Trump has vowed a vigorous response to Florence and defended his handling of Maria. It could then head west and southwest. Up to 10 feet of storm surge is expected, while some of the inlets can see up to 15 feet.

Over 1,400 flights have been cancelled, according to FlightAware.com, as most of the coastal region's airports are closed to ride out the storm. Isolated areas could get 40 inches.

"This is an excellent opportunity for all of us to remind individuals that these storms can come up quickly, and we need to be prepared", County Executive Don Mohler said. Another 8 million people live in areas covered by hurricane and tropical storm warnings.

Florence is forecasted to to meander southward through SC after landfall, then it will eventually get caught in the upper level flow and move out of the region.

At 11:00 pm (0300 GMT), Florence was over the Atlantic Ocean about 60 miles (95 kilometers) east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and moving northwest at six miles per hour, the NHC said.

In Myrtle Beach, ABC correspondent Pete Combs painted a starker picture of those who chose to stay in place. Although the rain totals won't be very high, those living in flood zones have been encouraged to evacuate. "They pulled out all the furniture out of the yard.

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He is the only caregiver to me and my son", Browning said.

Cooper said 108 shelters are open across the state, with more than 7,000 people already staying at them, as of Thursday afternoon.

The Pentagon has dispatched two ships and a Marine unit offshore to provide help if needed.

Get live views from web cams along the coast.

As Florence churned slowly towards the coasts of North and SC as a Category 2 hurricane, federal and state officials issued final appeals to residents to get out of the path of the "once in a lifetime" weather system.

Florence's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Thursday at 165 kph after it was downgraded to a Category 2 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the NHC.

High winds and downed power lines are another concern for that region.

"But that's not going to be until Monday", Eliasen said". Another 400 people were in shelters in Virginia, where forecasts were less dire.

In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were told to flee. "Now is not the time to let down our guard", he said.

While such preparations were no longer warranted in Maryland, emergency officials still went through the motions of storm readiness.

But, on Thursday evening, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser rescinded her earlier state-of-emergency order for the District.

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