The storm remained a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour. Gradual weakening is forecast during the next few days. The remnants of the storm could even end up bringing some drier conditions to the south west of the UK.
Exactly how bad the storm surge will be with Hurricane Florence remains to be seen, but meteorologists for NBC News are predicting that it could be up to 13 feet-and that is higher than Hurricane Maria, which brought a storm surge of around nine feet to parts of Puerto Rico.
Forecasters and politicians pleaded with the public to take the warnings seriously and minced no words in describing the threat. On Wednesday morning, the storm was about 550 miles from the Carolina coast and remains a Category 4 storm with 130 mph winds.
And cameras aboard the International Space Station managed to catch incredible footage just a few minutes after the storm's landfall. Journalist Brian L Kahn (@blkahn) tweeted: "This @weatherchannel visualization of storm surge is an incredible and sobering use of technology to show what hurricanes like Florence can do".
The victims were a mother and infant, police said on Twitter. Forecasters said catastrophic freshwater flooding is expected well inland over the next few days as Florence crawls westward across the Carolinas all weekend. The Wilmington airport had a wind gust clocked at 169 km/hr the highest since Hurricane Helene in 1958. U.S. President Donald Trump took a moment on Friday to thank those responding to emergencies across the Carolinas.
As of Tuesday, about 1.7 million people in North and SC and Virginia were under warnings to evacuate the coast, and hurricane watches and warnings extended across an area with about 5.4 million residents. "This is not going to be a glancing blow", warned Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. As of 2 p.m., the storm was centered 435 miles (700 kilometers) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving at 16 mph (26 kph).
High winds and storm surge from the hurricane hit Swansboro, North Carolina, bending and uprooting trees and flooding streets. FEMA's first priority after Florence passes will be getting infrastructure that's critical to communities' well-being up and running, Long said.
This email will be delivered to your inbox once a day in the morning. Form for signing up for free newsletter. The intensity of the wind and rain we'll see here is dependent on the exact track of the storm. "We are already experiencing heavily impacted traffic on some of the evacuation routes", said Jeff Byard, the associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Catastrophic floods could follow if the storm stalls inland, it said. A warm ocean gives hurricanes their fuel, and Florence is moving over an area with water temperatures nearing 85 degrees (30 Celsius), hurricane specialist Eric Blake wrote.
The NHC is estimating that as many as 20 inches of rain could fall in some places along the southern North Carolina coast while bringing in excess of 10 inches of rain in parts of SC. Some fluctuation in wind speeds are expected, and weakening forecast Thursday, but it's still expected to be a fierce storm triggering risky flooding.
Images captured by Associated Press journalists show the angst of evacuation and solitary beachgoers finding moments of calm before the storm. The outer bands of Hurricane Florence have reached Wilmington, with weather officials saying the storm will bring unprecedented rain to the region.
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Authorities warned people in low-lying areas to prepare for flooding. Forecasters predict as much as 101 centimeters ( 40 inches ) of rain for some parts of North Carolina and storm surges as high as 4 meters - taller than many houses.
Florence is moving toward the northwest near 6 miles per hour. The storm is expected to bring 20-30 inches of rain, which means even areas not prone to flooding could see high water. Prisoners were affected, too. About 300,000 people have been evacuated from South Carolina, McMaster said. Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it's unclear how many did.
Puerto Rico's governor, Ricardo Rosselló, raised the official toll from 64 to 2 ,975 last month after an independent study found that the number who had died in the chaotic six-month aftermath of the storm had been considerably undercounted.
Preceded first by the storm surge and the winds, heavy rains were picking up as of late Thursday afternoon, the beginning of an onslaught that for some areas may not relent for days. His group, the Office of Water Prediction and Luettich's team are working together to build such models now. General O'Shaughnessy said there were about 7,000 USA military personnel now in place and ready to respond to the storm, along with ships, helicopters, high-wheeled vehicles and other equipment.
Florence could do more than $170bn (£130bn) of damage and affect almost 759,000 homes and businesses, says analytics firm CoreLogic. A simulation weather video is showing what the life-threatening Hurricane Florence storm surge might look like if it reaches a frightening nine feet (2.7m).
NASA also posted an incredible video of Hurricane Florence viewed from space. This photo equipped by NASA presentations Hurricane Florence from the International Condominium Contrivance on Monday, Sept. The hurricane, which has been upgraded to a category 4, is expected to pummel the coastlines of SC and North Carolina in the coming days, with the National Hurricane Center warning of a "life-threatening storm surge" as well as catastrophic flash flooding.
This means the storm will have less of an impact in northern North Carolina and southern Virginia and more of an impact on southern North Carolina, South Carolina and northern Georgia. While there remains some uncertainty around Hurricane Florence's exact path, one thing does seem certain: it will dump potentially historic rainfall amounts.
The first severe winds from Hurricane Florence are still expected to hit the Wilmington area around Thursday at 2 p.m., with the eye striking the Wilmington area on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m., according to most recent update from the National Weather Service (NWS); you can read the most recent NWS update here .
The monster storm showed signs of slowing down as it inched closer to the USA, according to the National Hurricane Center . Kevin Miller, a 50-year-old electrician, said he planned to ride out the storm at his home near Charleston. Florence is now heading for ocean water with surface temperatures of around 85 degrees, meaning it will likely strengthen on its way to the East Coast.
Surge-related flooding can vary greatly over short distances", the advisory said. Once the rain hits the coast, it will accumulate very quickly, causing some flash flooding and eventually likely overwhelming streams and rivers in the areas that get the most.
Adding to concerns, forecasters warned the larger and slow-moving storm could linger for days around the coast, leaving many without power and supplies. Maryland's largest natural gas and electric company, BGE, said it was also preparing for the storm. "Because it's Mother Nature". Her team manages 32 wild horses living in the Rachel Carson Reserve near Beaufort, North Carolina.
North Carolina has ordered the evacuation of more than 50,000 people from Hatteras and Ocracoke, the southernmost of its Outer Banks barrier islands. The hurricane has already reached category 4, with winds up to 130 miles per hour. Florence is forecast to dump up to 40 inches (one meter) of rain in some areas after it makes landfall in North and SC.
At 2 p.m. on September 12, the NHC had storm surge and hurricane warnings in place for most of the North Carolina and SC coast. "I encourage Georgians to be prepared for the inland effects of the storm as well as the ensuing storm surge in coastal areas".
Hurricane-force winds now extend up to 80 miles from the eye of the storm, and tropical-storm-force winds now extend up to 195 miles from the center of the storm. Masters said there's a tug-of-war between two clear-skies high-pressure systems - one off the coast and one over MI. But because the storm was so large it produced a destructive storm surge in New York City, and caused an estimated $65 billion in damage in the United States.
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On top of that, a disastrous amount of rain - 500mm, possibly even as much as 1m - is expected to fall. Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) spokesman Jeff Byard said storm surges may bring catastrophic flooding to inland areas. Because landfalling hurricanes commonly spawn twisters, a tornado watch was issued for eastern North Carolina . As millions of people in the Carolinas and Virginia prepare for what could be historic damage from Hurricane Florence , people in space are ...
President Donald Trump has declared that a state of emergency exists. Forecasts generally project Florence to make landfall in southeastern North Carolina on Friday as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane. "Sea levels have risen in most places by about 1 foot over the past century". Florence could have devastating impacts in Virginia, including storm surges , inland flooding, downed trees and power outages, Gov.
Roy Cooper said Thursday morning. The hurricane center also adjusted its projected track, but kept it north of what most computer models were showing, to provide some continuity with past forecasts. "It's something we haven't seen. ever". "If they're telling you to leave, you have to leave", Graham said. Flash flooding is going to be a big issue soon - certainly catastrophic.
It is predicted to deliver tropical-storm-force winds by noon Thursday to North Carolina's coast, and hurricane-force winds and risky storm surges by late Thursday or early Friday . "Don't play games with it". It's a big one'. As of Tuesday, more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out. Home Depot and Lowes activated emergency response centers to get generators, trash bags and bottled water to stores before and after the storm.
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The storm is expected to slowly move inland, battering much of the U.S. coast for days. While Florence is no longer considered a major hurricane , its reach has expanded, threatening residents from Georgia to Virginia. Duke Energy, a power company in the Carolinas, estimated that one million to three million customers could lose electricity because of the storm and that it could take weeks to restore.
On Wednesday morning, the storm was about 550 miles from the Carolina coast and remains a Category 4 storm with 130 mph winds. Almost 1000 prisoners in SC will not be moved from their cells, despite a mandatory evacuation order in the area.