Hurricane Florence DOWNGRADED to Category 1 as it continues path of DESTRUCTION

Lewis Collier
September 14, 2018

It is an enormous storm, and it's moving slowly. Here's why this storm threatens not only the coast but millions of people inland.

Hurricane-force winds began whipping North Carolina as federal emergency management officials warned that the hurricane remained a "very unsafe storm" capable of wreaking havoc along a wide swathe of the coast. "Whether you have a house or not, when the storm comes it will bring everyone together".

Cooper requested additional federal disaster assistance in anticipation of what his office called "historic major damage" across the state.

Another video from NOAA's GOES-East weather satellite caught a different view of Hurricane Florence.

Still, a storm surge can overwhelm the animals, as it did in 2003 when Hurricane Isabel killed five horses and swept three others a few miles away.

At least 12,000 people had taken refuge in 126 emergency shelters with more facilities being opened.

Prisoners were affected, too. More than one million people had been ordered to evacuate the coasts of North and SC and Virginia and thousands moved to emergency shelters, officials said.

Oddly, the closer Hurricane Florence gets to land, the murkier its future gets. Millions of people have evacuated to inland communities as the storm churns westward.

The driving winds and pelting rain of Hurricane Florence's western edge began to batter the Carolinas Thursday evening, giving the region a taste of what's to come as the monster storm moves ashore Friday.

About midday on Thursday (local time), Spanish moss blew sideways in the trees as the winds increased in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City.

Images of fishing piers at Atlantic Beach, North Topsail Beach, and Emerald Isle showed waves pounding the wooden structures.

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Jamie Thompson walks through flooded sections of East Front Street near Union Point Park in New Bern, N.C. Forecasters said conditions will deteriorate throughout Friday.

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.

Florence remained a serious threat, packing maximum sustained winds of 105 miles-an-hour Thursday afternoon with hurricane force winds extending 80 miles from the center.

A buoy off the North Carolina coast recorded waves almost 9 meters high as Florence churned toward shore.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Centre said the storm would weaken after making landfall but also linger, dumping heavy rains for days. However, as the storm continues to track south, rainfall totals could increase.

Once a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 225 km/h, the hurricane was downgraded to a Category 1 on Thursday night.

Trump faced severe criticism for his administration's response to Hurricane Maria past year in Puerto Rico.

"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico", Trump said on Twitter.

"We'll operate without power; we have candles".

"It is scary. When somebody tells you something like that, it's my cue to get out".

Wilmington resident Julie Terrell said she was concerned after walking to breakfast past a row of shops fortified with boards, sandbags and hurricane shutters.

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