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14 September 2018, 09:15 | Dale Webster
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"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", New Bern city officials said on Twitter.
Tens of thousands of people are already without power.
Right now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center is predicting that Florence will become a tropical storm tomorrow (Sept. 15) over SC, continue northwest to eastern Kentucky, then swing northeast and track over most of New England early next week.
Forecasters said Florence's surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet (3.4 meters) of ocean water.
"Florence is an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper told NPR's Morning Edition. Stay on guard. This is a powerful storm that can kill.
Brenda Bethune told NBC's "Today" show Thursday morning that public safety crews have been checking to make sure businesses are secure, and looking for anything that could become a projectile as the winds come ashore.
Officials say more than 100 people have already been rescued in the area overnight. Another 400 people were in shelters in Virginia, where forecasts were less dire.
Antonio Ramirez, a construction worker from El Salvador living in Leland, North Carolina, said he planned to ride out the worst of the weather with his dog Canelo.
He said there are about 7,000 USA military forces now in place and ready to respond to the storm - along with ships, helicopters and high-wheeled vehicles.
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. Through Sunday evening, more than 20 inches of rain could fall in southeast North Carolina and far northeast SC on top of what has already fallen.
The ISS is now orbiting at an altitude of about 400 km above the surface of the Earth meaning it has an incredible view of Hurricane Florence as it rages.
The storm's movement, not its strength, has forecasters and officials anxious. More are on the way to help us.
Around midday, Spanish moss blew sideways in the trees as the winds increased in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City. "The longer you have this hurricane wind flow, the longer you push that water well inland", he said.
"We've got to quickly understand the damage that's been done to the transportation systems, the communication systems, the power systems, and we are positioning, and have bene positioned for multiple days now, to get those critical lifelines back up and stable as quickly as we can", he said. "Because it's Mother Nature".
National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear predicted Florence would drop up to eight months of rain in two or three days. That is enough water to fill the Empire State Building almost 40,000 times. The National Weather Service said about 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches.
The winds had been as high as 140 miles per hour earlier in the week.
She said a hurricane has a way of bringing everyone to the same level.
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