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

Hurricane Florence: Weather Channel shows simulation of 9-foot waters

Hurricane Florence: Weather Channel shows simulation of 9-foot waters

Hurricane Florence rolled ashore in North Carolina with howling 145km/hr winds and terrifying storm surge of almost 4m early Friday (local time).

More than 60 people had to be pulled from a collapsing cinderblock motel.

He confirmed that due to rising waters, some people are waiting for rescue in their attics and on their roofs. And others could only hope someone would come for them.

According to poweroutage.us, 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.

The National Hurricane Center says the high winds - combined with rain-soaked soil - will cause many trees to fall in coming days, crashing into homes, streets and onto power lines.

Despite the drop in wind strength, the most risky threat comes from Florence's rains and storm surge, which could bring flooding far inland.

Hurricane-force winds will tear through more than 15,000 square miles of the Southeast in the next several days, even as Hurricane Florence starts to slow down. Roberts said numerous residents live near the Neuse and Trent rivers.

There were no immediate reports of any deaths. The center of the storm is expected to maintain a westward track across southeastern North Carolina Friday and across eastern South Carolina Friday and Saturday.

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A later tally estimated about 350 people in New Bern needed to be rescued from flooding on the Neuse River, and about 70 people in Jacksonville, North Carolina, had to be moved to safety from a hotel whose structural integrity was threatened by the hurricane. Although the storm has weakened to a Category 2, it's still expected to bring some bad weather to the area this weekend.

- Authorities in the coastal city of New Bern were working with federal responders to rescue at least 150 residents who reported themselves stranded in Hurricane Florence's storm surge.

In Pender County, North Carolina, a woman suffered a heart attack and died because hurricane debris blocking roads prevented paramedics from reaching her. "To those in the storm's path, if you can hear me, please stay sheltered in place".

Atlantic Beach was receiving winds of roughly 65-75 miles per hour as of 3:30 p.m. Thursday, according to a Fox News report.

Jason O. Boyd, the station's digital media manager, posted on the official Twitter account shortly after midnight to say that everyone got out safely.

"There is still time, but not a lot of time", said Derrec Becker of the South Carolina Department of Emergency Management.

"Very eerie, the wind howling, the rain blowing sideways, debris flying", said Orsa, who lives nearby and feared splintering trees would pummel her house.

Anheuser-Busch is sending six truckloads (more than 300,000 cans) of emergency canned drinking water to local communities in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia in preparation for the expected impact of Hurricane Florence.

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