Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall in N. Carolina

Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall in N. Carolina

Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall in N. Carolina

The remainder of SC and North Carolina into southwest Virginia will receive 5 to 10 inches, and an isolated 15 inches, producing "life-threatening flash flooding", the NHC said.

"On a scale of 1 to 10, I'm probably a 7" in terms of worry, she said.

While Florence's winds won't be as intense as first feared, the storm could dump as much as 3 feet of rain and generate storm surges as high as 13 feet in coastal areas, the weather service said. If it follows that track, the storm could hit Maryland from the south and west early next week - with the strongest impact in the western counties.

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

The National Hurricane Center said a gauge north of Wilmington in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, reported 1.92 metres of inundation.

Strom surge that was projected between nine and twelve feet in Pamlico Sound and the Pamlico and Neuse rivers was expected to cause a "tremendous amount of inland flooding", said Neil Jacobs, assistant secretary at the Commerce Department over the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles (315 km)".

The Wilmington airport had a wind gust clocked at 105 miles per hour (169 kph), the highest since Hurricane Helene in 1958, the weather service said.

"A big worry about Hurricane Florence is that it's not acting like a normal hurricane", said Al Jazeera's Andy Gallacher, reporting from Wilmington, North Carolina.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper encouraged those in the path of the storm to take immediate action.


Florence arrived at the Carolina coast as a Category 1 storm, with winds far slower than the fearsome 150 miles per hour of just a few days ago.

In a Friday morning tweet, the city of New Bern posted photos of one of its statues that had moved "to the middle of S. Front Street".

States of emergency have already been declared in both North and SC. Through Sunday evening, more than 20 inches of rain could fall in southeast North Carolina and far northeast SC on top of what has already fallen.

Screaming winds bent trees and raindrops flew sideways as Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday. It will likely weaken more on Friday, with "rapid weakening forecast over the weekend", the hurricane center said.

According to Fire Chief Glen Rogers, there are in fact only 12 people left on the beach to sit out the storm.

Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday, but the storm has only just begun for the Carolinas.

Watch the report above and more reporting from Wrightsville Beach, N.C. below.

A warming climate also means that the atmosphere can hold more and more water vapor, fueling hurricanes with even more water that can fall on coastal areas.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm and more than one million were ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia.

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