Florence makes landfall in US

Pat Wise
September 16, 2018

The city said two FEMA teams were working on swift-water rescues and more were on the way. Its new path indicates that after arriving in the area near Wilmington, North Carolina, the storm will dip to the south before resuming a western course, the FWS explained in the statement.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper urged people to take the storm seriously. Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and he said it will still be an extremely risky storm for rain and storm surge.

Utility crews worked to restore electricity.

The rest of South and North Carolina as well as southwest Virginia may see up to 24 inches of rain.

As of 6 a.m., Florence was centered just 10 miles (20 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina. He said all roads leading to his neighborhood were blocked by fallen trees.

Hurricane Florence's center made landfall at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina on 7.15 a.m. ET Friday morning.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.

It said it was located about 40 miles (65 km) west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and forecasters predicted a slow westward march.

If the European model is true or the overall trend persists, University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy said it "is exceptionally bad news, as it smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge. he rainfall has been and continues to be a very substantial threat over the entire area".

Final preparations went into place Thursday as a slowing Hurricane Florence gave the coastal Carolinas a little more time to prepare for the storm's devastating power.

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Florence already has set a North Carolina record for rainfall totals, exceeding that of Hurricane Floyd, which struck in 1999 and caused 56 deaths.

"Rail cars with vehicles destined for export from Charleston have been diverted to secure holding areas until the storm passes", BMW spokesman Kenn Sparks said.

"This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast", said Jeff Byard, associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Hurricane Florence's path could affect the homes of more than 5 million people, and more than 1 million of them have been ordered to evacuate. Airlines had canceled almost 1,000 flights and counting.

A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on a house, according to a tweet from Wilmington police.

The town's public information officer Colleen Roberts told CNN that 150 more people were awaiting rescue, and that citizens were going out in their boats to help, despite swift currents. The storm is a Category 4 right now but will likely grow and become more unpredictable as it nears the Carolina.

"I'm not approaching Florence from fear or panic", said Brad Corpening (35), who planned to ride out the storm in his boarded-up delicatessen in Wilmington.

Coastal towns in the Carolinas were largely empty, and schools and businesses closed as far south as Georgia.

This is the third time SC has had to cancel a game due to weather in the last four years.

"I've been through hurricanes before but never with kids", she said.

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