Hurricane Florence makes landfall in Wilmington

Mindy Sparks
September 14, 2018

The storm looked likely to make landfall on the coast of North and SC but heavy rain was also expected in Virginia to the north and Georgia to the south.

And when it comes to impacts like storm surge, size matters just as much as the winds, says Rick Luettich, a coastal physical oceanographer at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill's Institute of Marine Sciences.

As of 11am local time, Florence was centred about 145 miles south east of Wilmington and its forward movement slowed to 10mph.

HurricaneFlorence is inflicting its long, agonizing assault on the North Carolina coast, with winds whipping at 90 miles per hour and life-threatening storm surge pushing ashore as the lumbering storm's eyewall begins to reach the coast.

The coastal area of SC features hundreds of inlets while North Carolina has barrier islands miles away from the mainland.

Florence's eye could come ashore early Friday around the North Carolina-South Carolina line.

It's about the water, not the wind, with Hurricane Florence making an extended stay along the North Carolina coast.

Roy Cooper warned residents to not let their guard down ahead of Hurricane Florence's landfall later this week.

Florence's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Thursday at 165 kph after it was downgraded to a Category 2 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the NHC.

-Fatal hazards: historically, 49 percent of US hurricane deaths come from storm surge, 27 percent from rain, 8 percent from wind, 6 percent from surf, 6 percent were offshore and 3 percent from tornadoes.

Another Wilmington resident said she does not want to leave because she is afraid to see what she would be coming back to.

"The storm surge forecast associated with this storm has not changed".

The NHC's latest statement warned a combination of a risky storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas to be flooded, with water levels expected to reach between 7 and 11 feet between Cape Fear and Cape Lookout in North Carolina, and higher in the Neuse, Pamlico, Pungo and Bay Rivers.

"But we can't replace us so we chose to come here".

The National Hurricane Center says that "catastrophic" freshwater flooding is expected over portions of the Carolinas as Hurricane Florence inches closer to the U.S. East Coast. Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and restoring it could take weeks. North Carolina corrections officials said more than 3,000 people were relocated from adult prisons and juvenile centers in the path of Florence, and more than 300 county prisoners were transferred to state facilities.

Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms.

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

In Wilmington, residents who had decided not to evacuate were lining up to get ice from a vending machine - $2 for a 16-pound (7.2-kilo) bag.

He said: "Don't relax, don't get complacent". "I learned from the past to keep the ice in the washing machine".

In the tiny community of Sea Breeze near Wilmington, Roslyn Fleming, 56, made a video of the inlet where her granddaughter was baptised because "I just don't think a lot of this is going to be here".

"The only thing missing in there is a hot lady".

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