Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Near 440,000 without power as Florence batters Carolinas

Near 440,000 without power as Florence batters Carolinas

Close to 165,000 residents in North Carolina are now without power as Hurricane Florence wind's cause havoc. The storm has weakened to a Category 1, with wind speeds of 90 miles per hour.

Storm surges as high as 7 to 11 feet remain threats from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout in North Carolina, with life-threatening surges up to 6 feet possible across a much wider area.

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 36 trillion litres, enough to cover the North Carolina to a depth of about 25 cm.

"The National Hurricane Center said Florence is moving very slowly to the west at only 6 miles an hour, then is expected to turn to the southwest, increasing the threat for historic storm surge and catastrophic flooding to coastline areas and inland cities in North Carolina and SC". North of the landfall, another 150 people near the town of New Bern required rescue from floods along the Neuse River.

With winds picking up along the coastline earlier Thursday, federal and state officials had issued final appeals to residents to get out of the path of the "once in a lifetime" weather system.

One report was of a 10-foot surge in New Bern, North Carolina, the National Weather Service said.

The NHC said hurricane-force winds extended outward 80 miles from the center of the storm and tropical storm-force winds extended almost 195 miles out. A storm surge warning is in effect for South Santee River South Carolina to Duck North Carolina.

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Thousands of people have taken temporary shelter in converted schools and community centers, while those who have ignored orders have been warned that rescuers will not be able to reach them at the height of the storm. Anyone in an evacuation zone in the Carolinas and Virginia must leave NOW if they haven't yet.

According to, more than 500,000 customers in North Carolina and 50,000 in SC were without power on Friday morning, though the Weather Channel estimates up to 3 million customers could lose power in the Carolinas due to Florence. Projections as of 5:00am EST on September 13, 2018.

"Some say North Carolina is getting a break, but we are on the wrong side of this story", he said.

Some residents ignored calls to evacuate.

"We did a detailed lesson-learned process, as we do post- any significant event, in the Department of Defense", said Kenneth Rapuano, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security.

Perched on the porch of his home, carpenter Tony Albright was calmly awaiting Florence's arrival, beer in hand. "I charged the batteries of my electronic devices, I have beers and video games".

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