Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Hurricane Triggers Life-threatening Storm Surge

Hurricane Triggers Life-threatening Storm Surge

Later in the day, trees could be seen on top of roofs, driveways and parked cars. "The larger and the slower the storm is, the greater the threat and the impact-and we have that".

Within hours of the storm making landfall, officials in Onslow County - which includes the city of Jacksonville, reported "major structural damage to homes, businesses and institutions". Local media said the woman had suffered a heart attack.

Volunteers from the Civilian Crisis Response Team help rescue three children from their flooded home September 14, 2018 in James City, United States.

The Category 1 storm has maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour and is moving slowly, at 6 miles per hour.

At 5 p.m., Florence was centered about 50 miles (75 kilometers) west-southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 25 miles (45 kilometers) northeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 280 kilometres from its center.

Just a few minutes before the now-Category 1 storm made landfall, cameras on board the International Space Station managed to catch the mesmerising footage below.

Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms. "Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other risky conditions", the hurricane center briefing said. Others could only wait and hope someone would come for them. Forecasters said this onslaught could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU".

On the morning of September 14, the National Hurricane Centre warned that "catastrophic" flooding and "life-threatening" storm surges were expected to spread inland.

That said, the storm is still expected to stall once it hits the Wilmington coast, with weather officials early Thursday raising the expected total rainfall for Wilmington to 35 inches - weather officials had predicted 30 inches for Wilmington in briefings released Wednesday.

"This storm will bring destruction", said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. Significant weakening was expected over the weekend.

A new 5-minute video from the space station shows Florence coming ashore in the USA for the first time.

Preparing for the worst, about 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians were deployed with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats that could be used to pluck people from the floodwaters.

With a storm surge warning in effect, the authorities urge people to prepare themselves for the disaster.

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