‘Threat becomes reality’: Florence begins days of rain, wind

Mindy Sparks
September 15, 2018

Hurricane Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks, as the hulking storm closed in with 90 miles per hour winds for a drenching siege that could last all weekend. Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind does.

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Forecasters' European climate model is predicting 2 trillion to 11 trillion gallons of rain will fall on North Carolina over the next week, according to meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com.

"Don't relax, don't get complacent". Across much of central and western North Carolina today will be cloudy, warm and very humid. Winds will be offshore, so storm surge flooding will be nothing to worry about. A storm surge warning is in effect for South Santee River South Carolina to Duck North Carolina.

Air Force General Terrence J O'Shaughnessy, head of US Command, said search and rescue is a top priority but that the magnitude of the storm may exceed the ability of rescuers. The storm's forward speed had slowed to 6 miles per hour, and forecasters were concerned it might have stalled.

Water from Neuse River floods houses as Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, U.S., September 13, 2018.

Because hurricane force winds extend 130 kilometers from the center, people on land will experience sharply deteriorating conditions long before the center reaches the coast.

"We immediately gave up our hotel rooms so that more rooms are now available to those coming inland", Colgate coach Dan Hunt said.


Roads and intersections on North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands were already inundated with water. A turn to the west-northwest and west at an even slower forward speed is expected tonight and Friday, and a slow west-southwestward motion is forecast Friday night and Saturday.

Another 8 million people live in areas covered by hurricane and tropical storm warnings. The damage is much more widespread-and while Florence's main targets appear to be the Carolinas, the storm could bring flooding to parts of Georgia and Virginia as well. "I hope we don't but that might be the only thing that would affect us", James said. "He is the only caregiver to me and my son", Browning said.

A gunman killed five people, including his wife, before turning the gun on himself as a Kern County sheriff's deputy closed on September 12, authorities said.

Spanish Astronaut, Alexander Gerst was part of an worldwide crew that took these incredible photos of Florence from the global Space Station and they are intense, to say the least.

"Watch out, America! #HurricaneFlorence is so enormous, we could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens from the @Space_Station, 400 km directly above the eye", German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted.

Florence is one of four named storms in the Atlantic. Hurricane Helene is veering toward Europe.

Where exactly the zone of heaviest rain sets up as the storm meanders inland is more uncertain, but models suggest that it may concentrate in southern North Carolina and northern SC through the weekend.

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