Everything you need to know about Hurricane Florence

Mindy Sparks
September 16, 2018

The big slosh has begun, and the consequences could be disastrous.

Authorities are warning USA coastal residents in the path of Hurricane Florence to evacuate now or be at the mercy of the Category 3 storm, which is expected to slow upon hitting the coast of the Carolinas on Thursday and ravage the region with storm surge, rainfall, and flooding. Tens of thousands were without power.

Hurricane Florence has started to hit the North Carolina coast. Heavy rainfall began after dark.

While the storm has since weakened, a storm surge of more than 12-feet and almost 30-inches of rain is still expected. "I encourage Georgians to be prepared for the inland effects of the storm as well as the ensuing storm surge in coastal areas".

In less than 24 hours, Florence has dropped from category 4 to category 2.

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Satellite image taken on 14 September, 2018, shows Hurricane Florence hitting the USA east coast.

"The satellite presentation of Florence has changed little overnight with the eye waxing and waning in infrared imagery", according to the NHC's discussion of the hurricane.

"There is still time to leave", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told "CBS This Morning" on Thursday. "Today the threat becomes a reality", he said.

More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm approached, and more than 12,000 were in shelters.

"With this storm, what's unique is it's forecast to stall ... dropping copious amounts of rainfall across the Carolinas and into Virginia", Long said.

"When you are looking at a storm surge of this magnitude, where the National Weather Service says that the damage is going to be unbelievable and that they can not emphasize that enough, we know that that is a message that we should listen to", said Cooper.

"This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast", the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C., wrote Tuesday, "and that's saying a lot given the impacts we've seen from hurricanes Diana, Hugo, Fran, Bonnie, Floyd, and Matthew."

Trinidadians living overseas are vigorously preparing themselves for the hurricane.

Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico last September, blacked out the entire island of about 3.3 million people. Hundreds of miles inland, Charlotte Douglas International Airport already has more than 300 flight cancellations for Thursday and Friday, according to FlightAware.

"But I'm staying", she said. "Because it's Mother Nature".

Parts of New Bern, North Carolina, which is home to 30,000 people, were 10ft (3m) underwater on Friday.

New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has advised that there are now 96 New Zealanders officially registered with SafeTravel as being in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

Homeless after losing her job at Walmart three months ago, 25-year-old Brittany Jones went to a storm shelter at a high school near Raleigh.

Bertha Bradley said she has never favored evacuating ahead of hurricanes.

Duke is mobilizing about 20,000 workers, including from its Midwest and Florida units, to help restore power.

Eduardo Corta cuts plywood boards to put on his mobile home a day before the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina.

The storm has a wide reach, too. It marks the beginning of a prolonged assault from wind and water, which - by the time it's over - is likely to bring devastating damage and flooding to millions of people in the Southeast.

Hurricane Florence weakened late Wednesday night to a Category 2 storm.

"Against my better judgment, due to emotionalism, I evacuated", said Fisher, 74.

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