Beach Town's Main Drag Empty Ahead of Hurricane Florence

Mindy Sparks
September 14, 2018

Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and he said it will still be an extremely risky storm for rain and storm surge. Tens of thousands were without power.

Forecasters say the storm poses such a threat because it is expected to slow down and hover for almost two days over the Carolina coast, before dipping south towards Georgia. Heavy rainfall began after dark.

The most recent predictions no longer have Florence traveling north, along the Atlantic coast.

The storm is expected to be just offshore by Friday and is now a Category 3 storm with 125mph top sustained winds.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its latest update that Hurricane Florence now has 120 mph winds and is a Category 3 storm, located 385 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Robert Faircloth is preparing for Hurricane Florence. Favorable wind patterns. Higher sea levels that exacerbate storm surge. Another 400 people were in shelters in Virginia, where forecasts were less dire.

"This storm will bring in more rain that Hurricane Matthew did", said FOX8 Meteorologist Emily Byrd.

Forecasters said wind speeds have dropped from a high of 140 miles per hour (225 kph) to 110 miles per hour (175 kph), reducing it from a Category 4 storm to a Category 2, and additional fluctuations and weakening were likely as it swirled toward land. Hurricane warnings are issued 36 hours before tropical-storm-force winds hit the areas.

He was acting on a recommendation from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency officials (GEMA/HS). In a series of tweets Wednesday morning, Trump said the government "got A Pluses" for storm recovery in Texas and Florida and "did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico".

Schools and businesses closed as far south as Georgia, airlines canceled more than 1,500 flights, and coastal towns in the Carolinas were largely emptied out.

"On a scale of 1 to 10, I'm probably a 7" in terms of worry, she said. "You can't stop Mother Nature". That's enough water to fill the Empire State Building almost 40,000 times.

Duke Energy told The Associated Press that damage from Hurricane Florence could cut off electricity to three-quarters of some 4 million customers in the Carolinas.

"Get out of its way, don't play games with it, it's a big one, maybe as big as they've seen", Trump said. "These enormous waves are produced by being trapped along with very strong winds moving in the same direction as the storm's motion". "A storm can come and wipe your house out overnight".

The National Hurricane Center is calling for 20 to 30 inches (50 to 75 centimeters) of rain in North Carolina, with spots up to 40 inches (100 centimeters).

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Their entire neighborhood evacuated in Wilmington, David and Janelle Garrigus planned to ride out Florence at their daughter's one-bedroom apartment in Charlotte.

Frustrated after evacuating his beach home for a storm that was later downgraded, retired nurse Frederick Fisher grumbled in the lobby of a Wilmington hotel several miles inland. "If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have minded staying here".

Authorities pushed back against any suggestion the storm's threat was exaggerated. But barber Josh Dais says the island's 5,000 residents now are trying to decide whether to flee ahead of Hurricane Florence.

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