Hurricane Florence rolled ashore in North Carolina with howling 90 miles per hour winds and terrifying storm surge early Friday, trapping hundreds of people in high water as it settled in for what could be a long and extraordinarily destructive drenching.
Forecasters warned that drenching rains of 1 to 3½ feet as the hurricane-turned-tropical storm crawls westward across North and SC could trigger epic flooding well inland over the next few days.
Its forward movement increased slightly to 9 km/h as hurricane-force winds extended 150 kilometers from its center along with tropical-storm-force winds up to 315 kilometers. The hurricane's storm surge - the wall of water it pushed in from the Atlantic - "overwhelmed" the town of New Bern at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said.
Although several communities along the coast had mandatory evacuation orders, many people still chose to stay behind, putting them in a prime position to shoot and post videos of the terrifying onslaught. On the forecast track, the center of Florence is expected to move inland across extreme southeastern North Carolina and extreme eastern SC today and Saturday.
The hurricane arrived more than 10 hours after the storm began beating down on the coastal area, bringing hurricane-force winds and rain.
Currently, Florence is 34.2°N and 77.2°W and is about 45 km east of Wilmington, North Carolina and 80 km southwest of Morehead City, North Carolina, moving in a west-northwest direction at the speed of 9 km per hour.
In this September 12, 2018 photo provided by NASA, Hurricane Florence churns over the Atlantic Ocean heading for the US east coast as seen from the International Space Station.
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Heavy rainfall could leave nearly all of North Carolina in several feet of water, it's feared.
(WebDesk) - It is being said that Hurricane Florence would be one among the most deadly storms World has seen. Florence originated from a strong tropical wave that emerged off the west coast of Africa.
Despite Hurricane Florence being downgraded to a Category 1 storm, the ocean surge created as a result could be "catastrophic". Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and that restoring it could take weeks. The city said two Federal Emergency Management Agency teams were working on swift-water rescues, and more were on the way.
As of 5 a.m. Friday, the NHC reported that the eyewall, which is considered the most severe part of a hurricane, was just beginning to reach the North Carolina coast.
The residents there are not only dealing with the storm surge and flooding, but no power as well.
As in every significant natural disaster, Hurricane Florence is providing a test of the capacity and resilience, not just of wood, stone and steel structures, but of the structure of the society.
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Governors in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia have issued mandatory evacuations and lane reversals . Forecasters anxious the storm's damage will be all the worse if it lingers on the coast.
In South Carolina, more than 200 animals are riding out Hurricane Florence at a pet sanctuary. The center was about 20 miles north-northeast of Myrtle Beach. It is moving to the west-northwest at 6 miles per hour.
Hurricane Florence is expected to weaken now, reason being it coming close to the coast along with low sea surface temperatures, wind shear along with entrainment.
The Cajun Navy rescues stranded residents in New Bern, North Carolina, as storm surge waters inundate the coastal city.
Officials found a basketball-sized hole in the hotel wall and other life-threatening damage, with some cinder blocks crumbling and parts of the roof collapsing.
The city of Jacksonville's statement says people have been moved to the city's public safety center as officials work to find a more permanent shelter.
None of the people rescued were injured.
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