Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Hurricane Florence expected To Be 'catastrophic'

Hurricane Florence expected To Be 'catastrophic'

The father was transported to a nearby hospital with injuries.

Two people died in Lenoir County.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said Florence is a monster of a storm, adding, they are hoping for the best yet preparing for the worst. Early Thursday footage showed stormy seas and dark skies, with an American flag whipping in the wind.

Resident Jay Manning said he and his wife watched with alarm as water filled the street.

Florence officially weakened to a tropical storm on Friday afternoon and is expected to continue to weaken as it moves inland during the weekend. "My wife's in a panic right now".

Florence's top sustained wind speeds dropped from a high of 140 miles per hour (225 kph) to 110 miles per hour (175 kph) as its outer rain bands approached the North Carolina coast early Thursday, reducing the storm from Category 4 to Category 2, but forecasters warned that the enormous wind field has been growing larger, raising the risk of the ocean surging on to land.

Dan Eudy said he and his brother were awakened on Thursday night by the sound of a boat ramming against his front porch.

"You could have a delay when power is out, bridges could be out, roads could be flooded and you won't be able to deliver goods and materials for reconstruction", says Dorf, "or for that matter, clean water and food and other important supplies like batteries". "And we had no belief it would be as significant an event as it was", he said.

Weather Underground meteorology director Jeff Masters said Florence eventually could strike as a Category 1 with winds less than 100mph, but that is still enough to cause at least $1 billion in damage.

Florence is about 644 kilometres wide and it's winds have dropped from a peak of 225 km/h to 165 km/h, reducing the hurricane from a terrifying Category 4 to a Category 2.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm. "While we expect an AccuWeather Local StormMax of 40 inches of rain, extensive inland flooding and storm surge flooding from Florence, Hurricane Harvey unleashed more than 60 inches of rain locally centered around the United States' fourth largest city, Houston, which has a population of 2.3 million". President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency on the federal level Tuesday for the Carolinas and Virginia.

The term "storm surge" refers to rising seas that are whipped up by a storm.

Many seaports and airports along the southeastern US coastline have been shut down, more than 1,000 flights have been canceled, and some highways and bridges in low-lying coastal areas could close soon, as Hurricane Florence gets closer to making landfall.

Joyce, which is about 1,040 miles from the Azores, is moving south-southwest near 7 mph.

Isolated tornadoes could also occur along North Carolina's coast on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington. "When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths ..."

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