Watch South Carolina BATTERED by gale force winds

14 September, 2018, 22:26 | Author: Emilio Conner
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Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington, not far from the SC line, coming ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

New Hanover County residents are getting their last few chances to evacuate.

Fox Business Network correspondent Jeff Flock reported live from the eye of Hurricane Florence in Carolina Beach, North Carolina.

Given the storm's size and slow speed, officials warned that Florence could cause similar large-scale flood damage to that seen in the Houston area during Hurricane Harvey just over a year ago.

By early afternoon, Florence's winds had weakened to 193km/hr, just barely a hurricane and well below the storm's terrifying Category 4 peak of 225km/hr earlier in the week. Its surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet (3.4 metres) of ocean water, and days of downpours could unload more than 3 feet (0.9 metres) of rain, touching off severe flooding. We have wind and rain.

Torrential rains brought about significant flooding in some areas, with the rains expected to continue over Oahu through Thursday.

Hurricane Florence is expected to pack a potentially life-threatening punch as it continues its path toward the U.S. east coast.

Authorities main concern with Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, rather than high winds.

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Forecasters expect Florence to hit the Carolinas early in the morning on September 14. As the recovery from past storms continues in many rural towns, the next storm is about to strike.

The impact of the storm is already being felt by those caught in its path.

The storm splintered buildings and trapping hundreds of people in high water as it settled in for what could be a long and extraordinarily destructive drenching. By midnight, Amy Johnson in Belhaven, North Carolina, on the Pungo River posted a video of raging floodwaters that had inundated the first floor of her home.

In Morehead City, an NWS Meteorologist captured dramatic footage of rain water sweeping through a parking lot. Hurricane-force winds were extending out up to 80 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extended up to 195 miles, the center said. The few cars out on a main street in Wilmington had to swerve to avoid fallen trees, metal debris and power lines.

Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches with isolated amounts up to 8 to 10 inches over Dominica. And although Maryland is forecast to largely escape the wrath of Florence, the zoo is preparing to keep animals safe should the storm turn north.

Jacksonville Public Safety spokesperson Beth Purcell tells TIME that flood waters have not yet reached Jacksonville, but that conditions are "very poor".

Power suppliers report more than 350,000 outages in North Carolina, the bulk along the coast.

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