NASA video shows Hurricane Florence from space as it makes landfall

15 Septembre, 2018, 01:12 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Factbox: Near 440,000 without power as Florence batters Carolinas

The fresh water flooding will also be a major issue as the storm moves inland. Others could only wait and hope someone would come for them.

Michael Nelson floats in a boat made from a metal tub and fishing floats after the Neuse River went over its banks and flooded his street during Hurricane Florence in New Bern, N.C., Thursday. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU".

Blowing ashore with howling 90 miles per hour winds, Hurricane Florence splintered buildings, trapped hundreds of people and swamped entire communities along the Carolina coast Friday in what could be just the opening act in a watery, two-part, slow-motion disaster.

Cooper said Florence would "continue its violent grind across the state for days". He called the rain an event that comes along only once every 1,000 years.

The NHC said the threat of tornadoes was increasing as Florence neared shore and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said the heavy rain could trigger landslides in the west of his state.

There were no immediate reports of storm-related deaths or serious injuries.

That said, the storm is still expected to stall once it hits the Wilmington coast, with weather officials early Thursday raising the expected total rainfall for Wilmington to 35 inches - weather officials had predicted 30 inches for Wilmington in briefings released Wednesday. "But I think we're ready".

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As of Thursday morning, forecast models showed the storm bringing more rain than originally thought - officials now predict 35 inches of rain will fall in a two-day period as Florence, now a Category 2 storm with 115 miles per hour sustained winds, will stall over Wilmington after making landfall early Friday morning. But that, combined with the storm's slowing forward movement and heavy rains, had North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warning of an impending disaster. The hurricane is now centered about 220 miles (354km) east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and 170 miles to the south-east of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Corps staff worked with Army officials to review dams at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Jackson in SC to "ensure any effects of Florence on those dams are mitigated", said Ray Alexander, the Corps' inter-agency services chief. This is expected to cause "catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding".

"It truly is really about the whole size of this storm", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham told The Associated Press.

More than 12,000 were in shelters in North Carolina.

More than 600,000 people had already lost power by 1 p.m. Friday, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety reported.

"The sun rose this morning on an extremely risky situation and it's going to get worse", he said at a news conference in Raleigh.

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