Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Hurricane Florence Rocks Wooden Pier in Nags Head

Hurricane Florence Rocks Wooden Pier in Nags Head

The National Hurricane Center said Florence came ashore near the town of Wrightsville Beach, almost 10 kilometers east of the city of Wilmington, and is now inland near Cape Fear packing sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour with higher gusts.

The eye of the hurricane made landfall at Wrightsville Beach, just outside Wilmington, on Friday morning, with winds of over 100mph, then stalled and began crawling inland at just 3mph.

To the south, storm surge pushed water levels at Johnny Mercer Pier at Wrightsville Beach, where Florence made landfall at 7:15 a.m. with 90 miles per hour winds, to more than 8.5 feet. The NHC said parts of North and SC may get as much as 40 inches of rain.

Richmond, Va. -based Dominion Energy, which provides power in the northeastern corner of North Carolina, was reporting over 1,900 scattered outages.

The downtown area of the city of 30,000 people was underwater and around 150 people were waiting to be rescued, city authorities said on Twitter.

"I think it's going to be a little worse than other people thought", he said, looking out over the beach.

Along the coast, floodwaters have been hitting inland towns near rivers that normally discharge into the ocean.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city of New Bern tweeted.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement to The Hill that Trump would head to storm-damaged regions "early to middle next week" and that more information about his travel plans would be forthcoming.

He said "24 to 36 hours remain for significant threats" from heavy rain, storm surges and flooding.

New Bern, the city on the North Carolina coast where the Neuse River and Trent River intersect, was reeling Friday after being inundated from flooding caused by Hurricane Florence.

He said 20,000 people were being housed in shelters across the state.

"You need to be prepared to be without power for weeks", Holding said, pointing out that Hurricane Fran knocked out power for two weeks and Hurricane Matthew left him without power for five days.

The riverfront town of New Bern, North Carolina, was submerged overnight as Hurricane Florence brought a 10-foot surge of sea water.

The NHC described Florence as a "slow mover" and said it had the potential to dump historic amounts of rain on North and SC, as much as 40 inches (one meter) in some places.

"We've had people in attics, on top of roofs", she said.

More than 700,000 people were left without power and millions more were warned by the governor of North Carolina that they were facing "an extremely unsafe situation". "I wonder how it would have been with a Category 4 or 5?" said Mason Tarr, standing on the steps of the building where he sought shelter the night before.

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