The Weather Channel Goes All In With Apocalyptic Hurricane Florence Graphics

Mindy Sparks
September 14, 2018

The National Hurricane Center said Florence's eyewall made landfall at about 7:15 a.m. a few miles east of Wilmington, with estimated maximum winds of 90 mph that pushed life-threatening storm surges miles inland, and, combined with a persistent pelting rain, severely damaged buildings.

Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and the rain and storm surge will make Florence extremely unsafe.

"The sun rose this morning on an extremely risky situation and it's going to get worse", he said at a news conference in Raleigh. "I should stay in my house, where I have water and food".

Parts of the mid-Atlantic can also expect heavy rains from what is left of Florence well into next week.

More than 370,000 people were without power in North Carolina early on Friday, state officials said.

Cooper said Florence was set to cover nearly all of the state in several feet of water.

On Thursday afternoon, the storm's outer rain bands began lashing down on the coast.

The National Weather Center predicts another 20 to 25 inches of rain for the areas surrounding the Carolinas' border, with 30 to 40 inches in some places.

Farther up the coast, in New Bern, about 150 people waited to be rescued from flooding on the Neuse River, WXII-TV reported.

Helping with rescues there were members of the so-called Cajun Navy, a group of Louisiana-based volunteers who became famous during last year's Hurricane Harvey, locals said on Twitter. The city of New Bern tweeted to its residents early Friday morning, "We have 2 out-of-state FEMA teams here for swift water rescue".


"It's going to be bad", said Woody White, chairman of the New Hanover County Commissioners.

Spanish moss waved in the trees as the winds picked up in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City. But Outlaw said on Friday morning it's "not a bad idea to get in your auto and get west of I-95" if residents feel they can safely do so.

"It's insane", he said in a phone interview.

Even when the water is at six feet and over her head, Navarro says that she would not be able to stand and that there are likely dangers such as chemicals or exposed power lines in the water.

He warned residents to be prepared for mass power outages that could last for days or weeks, echoing the sentiments shared by Duke Energy on Wednesday.

Once a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 225 km/h, the hurricane was downgraded to a Category 1 on Thursday night. Weakening is expected after the center moves inland. "The combination of a unsafe storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline".

"It looks heavy outside", she said.

The worst of the storm's fury had yet to reach coastal SC, where emergency managers said people could still leave flood-prone areas.

According to a report from the J.P. Morgan Chase Institute, extreme weather events like the one now battering the Carolinas and Virginia can have far-reaching effects on consumers' wallets, impacting their spending for months after the storm has cleared.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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