What to know about Hurricane Florence
Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas on Thursday, September 13, 2018. Hurricane Florence is currently Category 1 with a ten foot storm surge, and the flooding is identified as a Category 4. "With this storm, it's a (Category 1) but the storm surge and the flooding is going to be that of a category 4," according to a CNN Meteorologist.
On Atlantic Beach, a weather report determined there to be 12.73 inches of rain within 24 hours. At Cape Lookout, witnesses reported there to be 83 mph winds and 106 gusts. Water has filled up the roads and dunes of North Carolina. According to CNN, winds have slowed down a few mph, but the storm is going to be on a long trip.
"While wind speeds dropped Thursday, forecasters reminded people that what makes Florence extremely dangerous are the potentially deadly storm surges, the expected mammoth coastal flooding and historic rainfall," a CNN news reporter stated.
Hurricane is expected to move slowly throughout the Carolinas. The hurricane will cause heavy rain and strong winds all throughout Saturday. The director of the National Hurricane Center, Ken Graham, states that trees and power lines will be knocked down very easily. There haave been 505,000 power outages reported in North Carolina and 50,000 reported in South Carolina.
The roads on NC grown extremely dangerous right when the hurricane hit. According to National Public Radio, an estimated of 108 calls were made for road side assistance, and over 30 accidents had occurred. Some reporters from CNN, states that roads and cities are starting to look more and more like rivers.
North Carolina officials have stated that their number one mission as of now is to save lives. The North Carolina governor stated, "We've rescued over 100 people in New Bern, N.C.; people from Jacksonville, N.C., had to rescued from a hotel." He added that "We've got almost 20,000 people in 157 shelters."
In the North Carolina city of New Bern, rescuers by Friday had taken over 200 people from flooded areas, but nearly 150 more civilians in flooded areas waited as the storms conditions worsened and a hurricane surge reached nearly 10 feet, officials said.
The storm moved towards the inland and reached the lakefront near Wilmington, N.C., before 6 a.m. The pivot of Hurricane Florence was 35 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, NC at 2 a.m. Friday, September 14, 2018. The National Hurricane Center of North Carolina states the hurricane hit landfall somewhere near Wrightsville Beach.
The storm has cooled down since Thursday night when it struck, but it is said to only get worse from here. "The storm is going to continue its violent grind across our state for days," said Governor Cooper.
"As of 1 p.m. EDT, Florence is located about 30 miles west-southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina, and is expected to have a slow erratic motion between westward and west-southwestward into Friday evening," according to weather.com. Weather reporters say the hurricane will hit the Carolinas this week and will head East early next week. There will be flash flooding in states south of the Carolinas.
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