Winds from Florence moving ashore at North Carolina Outer Banks: NHC

15 September, 2018, 21:59 | Author: Emmett Howard
  • Five dead as Hurricane Florence barrels into US coast knocking down trees and overflowing rivers

The outer bands of wind and rain from Hurricane Florence are moving onshore along North Carolina's barrier islands as the massive storm bears down on the Southeastern coastline.

McMaster had ordered residents in most of the state's coastal counties to evacuate ahead of Florence's arrival. The flooding began on barrier islands in North Carolina and then spread into coastal and river communities there and in SC, swamping the white sands and golf courses in North Myrtle Beach.

Florence was moving west-southwest at about 7 kph (5 mph), with its centre located over eastern SC.

Tropical Storm Florence is continuing to dump unsafe amounts of rain as it continues its slow slog across the Carolinas.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, Florence was inching west at 3 mph (6 kph), with its center located about 50 miles (85 kilometers) west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The storm's extremely slow speed means the risk of catastrophic flooding remains high across both states.

Some towns have already seen 2 feet of rain from Florence, with forecasters saying the number could go as high 3 1/2 feet and trigger epic flooding inland into early next week.

In North Carolina, at least five deaths are related to the storm - but "several others are under investigation", Cooper said.

On its Facebook page, the county said the evacuation was in effect along the Lower Little River near the Cumberland County line. Flood stage is 18 feet.

To give a sense of the scope of inundation to come, the rivers crest was expected at 19.1 feet, beating the record 17.9 feet set during Hurricane Matthew.

The river is forecast to reach flood stage sometime after 2 a.m. Sunday.

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The mother and her baby were killed in New Hanover County when a tree fell on their house, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told media late Friday.

Government aid can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-priced loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of Hurricane Florence.

Local authorities reported a death in Pender County when downed trees prevented emergency units from reaching a woman with a medical condition.

With the eye of Florence stalled near the coast, the half of the storm still out over the Atlantic continued to collect warm ocean water and dump it on land.

Florence will likely weaken as it moves inland, especially on Saturday (Sept. 15) as it moves over SC, according to National Hurricane Center predictions. The gradually slowing but still life-threatening storm is moving northwest at 15 miles per hour (24 kph).

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons (36 trillion liters), enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches (25 centimeters). Storm totals could reach between 30 and 40 inches in some areas. At least four people have died, a toll authorities fear will rise as the storm crawls westward across SC.

The National Hurricane Center says top sustained winds have dropped to near 50 miles per hour (80 kph) with higher gusts, and Florence is expected to become a tropical depression later Saturday.

Monster storm Hurricane Florence is barreling closer to the coast of the Carolinas. That, in turn, could trigger epic flooding well inland.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door to door to pull more than 60 people out as the Triangle Motor Inn began to crumble. The storm is some 400 miles (645 kilometers) wide. The state Emergency Management Division estimated more than 170,000 South Carolinians were without power before lunchtime Saturday. She was eventually rescued by a boat crew; 140 more awaited help.

Tropical storm-force winds stretched up to 150 miles (240 kph) from the storm's center.

"High winds and severe flooding from Hurricane Florence will impede the pace of our outage restoration efforts". Though forecasters later downgraded Florence to a tropical storm, the monster system is barely moving over the Carolinas and could dump drenching rains of up to 3½ feet (1 meter).

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