Hurricane Florence has forced these businesses to halt operations

Pat Wise
September 15, 2018

Hurricane Florence remains on track to bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall to coastal North and SC, the National Weather Service says.

Allison James, who lives at Huntersville, Mecklenburg County in North Carolina, says based on reports this area would not be directly affected.

As 400-mile-wide Florence pounded away at the coast with torrential downpours and surging seas, rescue crews used boats to reach scores of people besieged by rising waters along a river. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU".

The Hurricane Center forecasts that Florence will approach the coasts of North and SC later on Thursday, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and eastern SC on Thursday night and Friday. He called the rain an event that comes along only once every 1,000 years.

Winds bent trees towards the ground and raindrops flew sideways as Florence moved in for an extended stay, with enough of its killer winds swirling overseas to maintain its power. "It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave".

According to CNN meteorologists, as of early Friday morning, New Bern had already seen more than 10 feet of storm surge and more than 7 inches of rainfall. "I hope we don't but that might be the only thing that would affect us", James said.

"Cameras outside the International Space Station captured views of Hurricane Florence on September 14 at 7:41 a.m. EDT minutes after the storm made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina packing winds of 90 miles an hour", NASA said in a video description.

The center downgraded Florence to a Category 1 hurricane, but warned that it still carried "very unsafe winds".

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Georgia is expected to see tropical storm-force winds and rain in some spots. Described as a monster, the eye of Hurricane Florence continues to grow.

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In South Carolina , traffic along parts of Interstate 26 and United States 501 has been directed away from the coast. The outer bands of wind and rain caused by the storm were already lashing North Carolina on Thursday morning.

As Hurricane Florence unleashes a deluge upon North Carolina, the city of New Bern has found itself inundated with floodwater, forcing hundreds of residents to call for help.

On Thursday evening, the Neuse River burst its banks which caused rapid flooding in New Bern, North Carolina, forcing residents to flee as the entire city lost power.

The powerful Category 1 storm is making its way south along the Carolina coast hours after making technical landfall early Friday morning.

Florence is forecast to significantly weaken as it crawls across central South Carolina Saturday; however, residents inland have been warned to expect life-threatening floods and to be without power for days.

The county had been conducting water rescues since Thursday, Parker said.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door-to-door to pull people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse. "This is extremely risky", she adds.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned people: "Today the threat becomes a reality".

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