Hurricane Florence swamps Carolinas, threatening record rainfall, punishing winds

Hurricane Florence Reduces Its Intensity But Not Its Destructive Power

Hurricane Florence Reduces Its Intensity But Not Its Destructive Power

Early on Friday, South Carolina emergency officials said there was still time, "but not a lot of time" for people to leave flood-prone areas.

The "intense rescue effort" included firefighters and FEMA volunteers, and was made hard due to the large size of the tree, according to Chief Jon Mason with the City of Wilmington Fire Department.

Thousands of North Carolina storm evacuees are physically safe from the effects of Hurricane Florence, but their hearts and minds are focused on what's happening to their homes and possessions under assault on the coast. Florence had been a Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale with 120-mph winds as of Thursday, but dropped to a Category 1 hurricane before coming ashore.

Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com said Florence could dump a staggering 68 trillion litres of rain over a week on North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland. At the emergency shelter at Garner High School, evacuees kept their smartphones and laptops on as they watched news reports of the catastrophic storm surges and torrential rains hitting their coastal communities.

As North Carolina residents navigated heavy rain and rising floodwaters that in some places could double the 10 to 20 inches that have fallen so far, neighboring SC was bracing overnight for the brutal wallop of widespread flash flooding, mad, whipping wind and relentless rainfall that crept across the border into the eastern half of the state before dawn. "The infrastructure is going to break".

Hundreds of residents were rescued on Friday, and the city was placed under a 24-hour curfew until further notice.

Numerous roads were closed Friday as the storm raged through and then stalled over Wilmington. "A mother and infant were killed when a tree fell on their house", police tweeted Friday afternoon. But that, combined with the storm's slowing forward movement and heavy rains, had Gov. Roy Cooper warning of an impending disaster.

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The National Hurricane Center says the eyewall of Hurricane Florence is beginning to reach the North Carolina coast.

"We've got some damage that's occurring", he said. "And we had no belief it would be as significant an event as it was, ” he said. “This is a 500- or 1,000-year event. ”Eudy´s family has lived in New Bern since the 1850s, he said". The storm is some 645 kilometres wide.

"From now own, we'll have to deal with rain and the possibility of a tornado threat", Baker said.

Forecasters are anticipating landslides near the Appalachians and near-record river flooding.

A man sits on a park bench in a flooded park as the Cape Fear River rises above its usual height in Wilmington, N.C., on Friday. Forecasters predict it will make landfall between Thursday and Friday.

Baker said Florence is expected to linger over the region through Saturday morning, but that several dangers will persist even after the rain stops. North of the landfall, another 150 people near the town of New Bern required rescue from floods along the Neuse River.

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