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

Wrightsville Beach 12 brace for Florence to fully make landfall

Wrightsville Beach 12 brace for Florence to fully make landfall

Even though the storm's category fell from a 4 to a 2 Wednesday (local time), forecasters stressed the category is only an evaluation of the storm's peak winds in a very narrow core near the center of the storm.

Screaming winds bent trees toward the ground and raindrops flew sideways as Florence's leading edge whipped the Carolina coast Thursday to begin an onslaught that could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas.

In the tiny community of Sea Breeze near Wilmington, Roslyn Fleming, 56, made a video of the inlet where her granddaughter was baptized because "I just don't think a lot of this is going to be here" later.

As Florence reaches landfall, storm surges are the biggest concern, with 49% of United States hurricane deaths attributed to surges. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.

"So this is a very unsafe storm", said Mr Long.

Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order on Monday to close public schools in 26 counties, including Sumter, Lee and Clarendon, so facilities and buses could be used for shelters and evacuation transportation. There's a Tropical Storm Warning for the I-95 corridor there too.

"I'm not anxious at all", said Richard Ford, 34, smoking a cigarette outside one of Wilmington's five shelters.

Forecasters said Florence's eye could come ashore early Friday around the North Carolina-South Carolina line.

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. This is a powerful storm that can kill.

And according to meteorologists, the rainfall in parts of North Carolina could exceed three feet with Florence.

Thankfully, a large high pressure center will keep us safe from Florence over the weekend here in New England. "This storm will bring destruction to North Carolina".

The storm's center was about 110 miles (180 km) east of Wilmington, North Carolina, at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT) but tropical storm-strength winds and heavy rains already were hitting North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands. In some counties, almost 1 in 3 people live below the poverty line. "Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks".

But even so, Floyd dumped two feet of rain on North Carolina. Most of the damage during Hurricane Matthew in 2016 in North Carolina came from inland flooding - 31 people died and almost 100,000 homes were destroyed.

The hurricane was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as sluggish and unprepared for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico a year ago. "Today the threat becomes a reality". Fortunately for House, he says this storm should not be a devastating event for the beach town in terms of loss of life. They've also been praying, singing songs in their native language.

"We're avoiding euthanasia at all costs", Pender County Animal Shelter manager Jewel Horton told The Washington Post.

Despite reassurances from FEMA and Trump, Florence's fluctuations and course-change predictions have added to the difficulties of preparing for such a massive storm.

A power outage model run at the University of MI projects that 3.2 million customers will be without electricity because of the storm, mostly in the eastern half of North Carolina.

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