Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

Hurricane Florence Is Dumping a Huge Amount of Rain on the Carolinas

Since then, Florence has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm, and made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, early Friday morning.

Florence has already dropped more than 30 inches of rain in some areas of the Carolina border.

"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. Stay on guard. This is a powerful storm that can kill.

Most ominously, forecasters said the terrifying onslaught would last for hours because Florence was barely creeping along at just 9 kilometres per hour and still drawing energy from the ocean.

There is around 156,068 people that have lost power and police have suspended their services in Morehead City and other coastal cities, warning any residents who remain in the evacuation zone that they will be without emergency services until the storm passes.

As of 4 a.m., maximum sustained winds were at 90 miles per hour.

Cooper said Florence was set to cover nearly all of the state in several feet of water.

FEMA has warned that while downgraded, the storm will still generate life threatening storm surge and rainfall in North and SC.

Officials in the potential path of Florence urged people to evacuate their coastal homes and directed drivers away from the coast.

Farther up the coast, in New Bern, about 150 people waited to be rescued from flooding on the Neuse River, WXII-TV reported. New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw told The Charlotte Observer about 200 people already had been rescued by 5 a.m.

The impact is expected to be similar to that of Hurricane Harvey on the Houston area a year ago, Feltgen said.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city of New Bern tweeted around 2 a.m.

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

More than one million people had been ordered to evacuate the coasts of North and SC and Virginia and thousands moved to emergency shelters, officials said. "Trees are blowing down in the wind". He said all roads leading to his neighborhood were blocked by fallen trees.

More than 485,000 homes and businesses were without power in North and SC early on Friday, utility officials said.

The storm is already causing power outages, with Duke Energy reporting almost 240,000 customers have lost power in North and SC - but projects 1 to 3 million people could lose power.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence will eventually make a right hook to the northeast over the southern Appalachians, moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England as a tropical depression by the middle of next week. Significant weakening is expected over the weekend.

At least 12,000 people had taken refuge in 126 emergency shelters, Governor Cooper said, with more facilities being opened.

Maysie Baumgardner, 7, and her family sheltered at the Hotel Ballast in downtown Wilmington as the hurricane filled the streets with floodwaters.

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