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15 September 2018, 08:46 | Devin Moran
Hurricane Florence: What we know and what to expect
"The sun rose this morning on an extremely risky situation and it's going to get worse", he said at a news conference in Raleigh.
On Thursday the storm lost some wind speed and slowed its forward motion to around 9 knots as it approached the coast for a landfall Friday.
Hurricane Florence blew ashore in the US state of North Carolina with howling 90 miles per hour (144 km/h) winds and terrifying storm surge early Friday, felling trees, splintering buildings, trapping hundreds of people and swamping entire communities along the coast. Tracking service GasBuddy says that has led to a run on gas stations that left about 5 percent of all service stations in North Carolina out of gasoline by Wednesday.
Florence's forward movement during the day slowed to a near-standstill - sometimes it was going no faster than a human can walk - and that enabled it to pile on the rain.
We know it has forced the cancellation of almost 1,800 flights, with more to come, and that it has already caused serious flooding in coastal areas. New Bern Police Lt. David Daniels said that between 150 and 200 people were rescued so far, with others still waiting for help.
Other small boat teams were arriving in the region, including volunteers of the Cajun Navy, a network of groups from Louisiana, and Task Force 1, an urban search and rescue team based in New Jersey.
"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", New Bern city officials said on Twitter.
Video taken in several towns in the Carolinas showed emergency personnel wading through thigh-high water.
Florence also blew down trees, including one that went through the roof of Kevin DiLoreto's home in Wilmington. The Outer Banks of North Carolina took the initial brunt Thursday afternoon, with parts of Highway 12 - the main road that runs through Ocracoke and Hatteras islands - flooding and becoming impassable. "It's insane", he said by telephone.
"Get out of its way, don't play games with it, it's a big one, maybe as big as they've seen", Trump said. Eventually, Florence will veer north into the Appalachian Mountains, bringing soaking rains to Virginia and western North Carolina, before sputtering out late next week near DE and Maryland, the FWS reported.
Duke Energy Corp expected between 25 percent and 75 percent of its 4 million customers would lose power in the Carolinas.
"We will continue to do all we can to support our neighbors in the Southeast as we prepare for Hurricane Florence", Scott said in a prepared statement Wednesday.
It is expected to move across parts of south-eastern North Carolina and eastern SC, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said. Significant weakening is expected over the weekend. "It be chilling, even from condo", stated Alexander Gerst, an astronaut with the European Attach Company who currently lives on ISS, on Twitter.On Wednesday, forecasters projected Florence - now a category Four storm - will in all probability gradual down and switch south after slamming the East Stagger.Extra than a million folks were ordered to evacuate coastal areas sooner than the appearance of Florence, which boasts sustained winds of 130 miles per hour.
Maysie Baumgardner, 7, sheltered with her family at the Hotel Ballast in downtown Wilmington as Florence's floodwaters filled the streets. "I'm a little bit scared right now, but I have my iPad and I'm watching Netflix".
More than 722,000 homes and businesses were without power in the Carolinas early on Friday, utility officials said. The area expected to be impacted includes Matagorda, Brazoria and Galveston Counties.
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