Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Hurricane Florence expected To Be 'catastrophic'

Hurricane Florence expected To Be 'catastrophic'

She also said residents don't need to live next to a river or creek to experience catastrophic flooding in their basements.

Florence was one of two major storms threatening millions of people on opposite sides of the world.

"I was feeling fine until I woke up this morning and this is a ghost town", said Kristin Beard, a 40-year-old Myrtle Beach marketer.

"Do not let your guard down with the changing #Florence forecast".

Even if Florence were downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane, it would still cause extensive damage, Abrams says.

An intense wave, as well as heavy rains, will announce on Thursday on the coast of Las Carolinas, the arrival of Florence.

But forecasters warned that the widening storm - and the likelihood of it lingering around the coast for days - would bring seawater surging on to land and torrential downpours.

Tornadoes also remain a threat, particularly in areas northeast of the hurricane's eye.

Reports out of Wilmington, North Carolina, said that the outer bands of wind and rain from Florence, a Category 2 storm with 105 miles per hour winds, are hitting North Carolina.

"This storm will bring destruction to North Carolina", Cooper said. Its forward movement slowed to 12 miles per hour (19 kph) and top sustained winds stayed at 110 miles per hour (175 kph). Tropical storm-force winds are forecast to hit the Carolinas Thursday evening, according to Business Insider.

"I've never seen the president and all these other people talk the way they're talking", he said while waiting for an evacuation bus. "Today the threat becomes a reality".

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Almost 2 million coastal residents are now under mandatory evacuation orders, although it remains unclear how many have actually done so.

"The shelters are not taking dogs", Ramirez said.

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"Prepare for the worst, hope for the best", McMaster said he told residents. Those heading to Charleston were told to find another destination.

Hurricane Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks - a string of barrier islands - as the hulking storm closed in with 165km/h winds for a drenching siege that could last all weekend.

At 15:00 GMT (11:00 am), Florence was over the Atlantic Ocean about 230 km (145 miles) east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and moving northwest at 17 kph (10 mph), the NHC said.

The Miami-based center says the center of Florence will approach the coasts of North and SC later today.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety said they will begin to close the reverted routes on I-26 at 6 p.m. Thursday. But authorities warn Florence has an enormous wind field as it zeroes in on the Southeast U.S. coast, raising the risk of the ocean surging on to land and making Florence extremely risky.

The latest rainfall projections warn of 20-40 inches of rain from coastal North Carolina into northeastern SC - amounts that could bring "catastrophic flash flooding", the hurricane center said.

Duke Energy, a power company in the Carolinas, estimated that one million to three million customers could lose electricity because of the storm and that it could take weeks to restore.

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