Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Hurricane Florence path: Storm moves to SC - bringing CATASTROPHIC flood risk

Hurricane Florence path: Storm moves to SC - bringing CATASTROPHIC flood risk

"There's just so much debris".

Director Tom Collins says the woman in Hampstead had a heart attack Friday morning, but emergency crews could not get to her because of downed trees in the road.

"We're a resilient community, we work well together, we'll get through this", Outlaw said. "It's going to be months".

Satellites also continue to monitor Hurricane Florence as it passes over North Carolina to help meteorologists make more accurate predictions of how the storm will impact people living in the region.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered ahead of Florence's landfall in parts of North and SC, though many people chose to remain in their homes for reasons ranging from financial concerns and the need to care for pets that they may not have been able to take to some evacuation shelters, some who stayed in their residences told ABC News ahead of the storm. 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). "I was born and raised here and been through every storm the last 30 years, but this one seems to be doing more damage than we expected".

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted during the height of the storm. "But every neighborhood seems to have been affected". "The father was transported to (New Hanover Regional Medical Center) with injuries".

She said the shop, with an electric generator, was safer than their nearby home.

"It's an emergency situation". He said the cause was not drowning and did not provide further details. "Be extremely careful and stay alert".

A slowing tropical storm Florence continues to creep along the Carolinas today.

Utility officials say almost 900,000 homes and businesses were without power in the Carolinas on Friday and more were expected to lose power.

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We know how to manage expectations. "The fact is this storm is deadly and we know we are days away from an ending", Cooper said. They were surrounded by powerful storms with cloud tops as cold as minus 70 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 56.6 degrees Celsius).

The declaration also provides assistance to local governments for cleanup efforts following the storm, including building repairs.

Low-lying coastal areas saw storm surges overtaking dune barriers.

The National Hurricane Center says the eyewall of Hurricane Florence is beginning to reach the North Carolina coast. The National Hurricane Centre in Miami says the core of Florence was located at 11pm Friday about 20 kilometres west-northwest of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, a resort area known for its white sands and multitude of golf courses.

"It's a big task, because our main priority is protecting lives", Jon Ingram, the Brunswick County, North Carolina sheriff, said on Saturday during an interview with FOX Business' Neil Cavuto. And there could be 10 inches (25 cm) in south-western Virginia.

It remains a Category 1 hurricane with top sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph), but a gust of 112 miles per hour (180 kph) was reported just offshore.

Power outages are widespread, affecting over 740,000 homes and businesses in North Carolina and 163,000 in SC. These rains are expected to produce "prolonged, significant river flooding".

The storm is expected to lumber into far southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC through Saturday, punishing the area with rain and damaging winds.

Tornadoes are also a threat, with the NHC saying that "a few tornadoes are possible in southeastern North Carolina and northeastern SC".

The now Category 1 storm's intensity diminished as it neared land, with winds dropping to 90 miles per hour (135 kph) by nightfall.

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