Storm Florence: The impact in numbers

Mindy Sparks
September 15, 2018

The elevation will serve as a forcing mechanism for the abundant low level moisture being dragged in by Florence, essentially creating an ideal environment for torrential rain and the possibility of mudslides, especially Sunday into Monday.

By Saturday morning, top sustained winds had weakened to 50 mph as it moved farther inland at 2 mph about 35 miles west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said Florence was set to cover nearly all of the state in several feet of water. "But I think we're ready". Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles, the hurricane center said.

In Wilmington, near where the eye of the storm touched down, trees and power lines were felled and many windows were broken. Storm surge search and rescue operations have been underway across the county.

In New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River left 500 people in peril.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol says that as the hurricane hit the coast overnight, officers "responded to 108 calls for service and 30 collisions".

The No. 1 mission right now, Cooper said, is to save lives.

"This storm is relentless and excruciating", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told CNN late on Friday.

"Amazing. They did awesome", said Knox, who was stranded with seven others, including a boy who was carried out in a life vest.

Utility officials say almost 900,000 homes and businesses were without power in the Carolinas on Friday and more were expected to lose power.

They added that the onslaught would last for hours because Florence was barely creeping along at 9km an hour and still drawing energy from the ocean.

Tom Ballance, New Bern resident and business owner, told the Weather Channel that he watched water rise around him while sitting in his home, according to the Charlotte Observer.


But it was clear that this was really about the water, not the wind.

There's still a threat from rising tides, Risty-Davis says.

Saffo said it could be longer than two weeks before power is fully restored.

A speed boat sits wedged in bushes in the parking lot of a waterfront hotel in New Bern, North Carolina, on September 14, 2018. At the city's airport, the wind was gusting at 91 miles per hour.

That should spell some relief for the inundated areas of Onslow county, but unfortunately puts the city of Wilmington, southeast coastal communities of North Carolina and northeast areas of SC in the line of fire instead.

After reaching a terrifying Category 4 peak of 140 mph (225 kph) earlier in the week, Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles (kilometers) east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line.

She said that count is expected to increase significantly.

Though forecasters later downgraded Florence to a tropical storm, the monster system is barely moving over the Carolinas and could dump drenching rains of up to 3½ feet (1 meter).

With one grueling day behind them, the Carolinas on Friday grappled with rising water and cascading misery from a deadly and agonizingly slow-moving Tropical Storm Florence expected to linger through the weekend. Atlantic Beach, located on the state´s Outer Banks barrier islands, had received 30 inches (76 cm) of rain, the US Geological Survey said. States of emergency have already been declared in both North and SC.

The New Bern Police Department tweeted early Thursday evening "City of New Bern officials are encouraging all residents to shelter in place due to Hurricane Florence".

At least four people have died, but authorities fear the death toll with increase as the storm crawls westward Saturday across SC.

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