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Florence begins slow assault on Carolinas

16 September 2018, 05:35 | Dale Webster

More than 400k evacuate South Carolina as Florence approaches

US Florence begins slow assault on Carolinas

The New York Times reported that Duke Energy, the Carolinas' major power supplier, said as many as 3 million people could lose power.

Florence, though downgraded to a Category 2 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, remained risky and unpredictable, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Forecasters say 40 inches (one meter) of rain are possible along the coast of North Carolina.

At least 88,000 people were without power in North Carolina with the brunt of the storm yet to come, according to the state's emergency management agency.

Previously classified as a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane strength, Florence is so far the most severe storm to threaten the U.S. mainland this year and the first of its magnitude to target the Carolinas since 1989 when Hurricane Hugo barreled over Charleston, South Carolina. "I'm going to Charlotte".

Cooper said 108 shelters are open across the state, with more than 7,000 people already staying at them, as of Thursday afternoon.

"Data from an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft along with satellite imagery and various intensity estimates indicate that Florence has weakened instead of strengthening".

It diminished from hurricane force as it came ashore, but forecasters said the 350-mile-wide storm's slow progress across North and SC could leave much of the region under water in the coming days.

An American Red Cross aid worker walks through the cafeteria at Conway High School which is being used as a Hurricane Florence evacuation shelter at Conway High School on September 13, 2018 in Conway, South Carolina.

Steve Goldstein with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said Florence's forward motion had slowed overnight, and it was not expected to make landfall in the Carolinas for "another 36 hours".




At 15:00 GMT (11:00 am), Florence was over the Atlantic Ocean about 230 km (145 miles) east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and moving northwest at 17 kph (10 mph), the NHC said. Purchase your plan early, because you will no longer be able to purchase a policy with coverage for a named storm once it's deemed "foreseeable".

SC officials say more than 400,000 people have evacuated the state's coast and more than 4,000 people have taken refuge in shelters as Hurricane Florence approaches.

A storm surge watch is in effect for Edisto Beach South Carolina to the North Carolina-Virginia border and Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, including the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers.

She says people often want to get outside and take pictures.

The Miami-based center says the center of Florence will approach the coasts of North and SC later today.

Monster storm Hurricane Florence is barreling closer to the coast of the Carolinas.

"A storm surge warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline".

Scientists said it is too soon to say what role, if any, global warming played in the storm. It's now predicted to make landfall near Wilmington and then head west across SC.



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