Hurricane Florence tracker: Map of North Carolina - where did Florence make landfall?

Mindy Sparks
September 15, 2018

More than 60 people had to be pulled from a collapsing cinderblock motel.

Others were at home hoping for the best. It's enough to cover Manhattan with almost 3,800 feet (1.1 kilometers) of water, more than twice as high as the island's tallest building, One World Trade Center.

Further south, in Jacksonville, North Carolina, more than 60 people were evacuated from a hotel after police received a 911 call just before 1am, the city's public safety department said in a statement.

Dana Outlaw, the mayor of New Bern, North Carolina, said on Fox News Channel Friday that about 150 residents will need to be rescued after severe flooding from Hurricane Florence. One man was taken out in critical condition, and a mother and baby were killed.

Florence had been a Category-3 hurricane on Thursday but dropped to Category-1 before coming ashore.

A forecast by the Weather Channel, presented by meteorologist Erika Navarro, has gone viral after its impressive use of 3D graphics showed just how deadly the potential storm surge of Hurricane Florence can be.

Florence's fiercest winds will linger around the coast for hours since the storm was moving forward at only 6 mph (9 km/h).

There's no doubt that Hurricane Florence is going to have a devastating effect on the east coast of the US. "It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave".

There have been no immediate reports of storm-related deaths or serious injuries, but officials said more than 100 people were rescued in New Bern, as the downtown area of the city was under water.


Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line, coming ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline. Significant weakening is expected over the weekend.

"And when the tide comes back up around noon, we will be inundated with additional storm surge", she said.

As of 5 p.m. Friday, forecasters say Florence is now a tropical storm but will continue to threaten North and SC with powerful winds and catastrophic freshwater flooding.

At 5 p.m., Florence was centered about 50 miles west-southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 25 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Authorities warned, too, of the threat of mudslides and the risk of environmental havoc from floodwaters washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.

Screaming winds bent trees toward the ground and raindrops flew sideways as Florence's leading edge whipped the Carolina coast to begin an onslaught that could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas.

The National looks at the science behind Hurricane Florence and why it's being called a once-in-a-generation storm.

Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Ocean water flowed between homes and on to streets on the Outer Banks; waves crashed against wooden fishing piers.

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