Hurricane Florence makes landfall in Carolinas, threatens catastrophic flood

Christopher Davidson
September 14, 2018

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Hurricane Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks, as the hulking storm closed in with 100 miles per hour (155 kph) winds for a drenching siege that could last all weekend.

"The infrastructure is going to break", Long said Thursday morning. Stay on guard. This is a powerful storm that can kill.

Cooper said Florence would "continue its violent grind across the state for days".

There were no immediate reports of storm-related deaths or serious injuries so far.

In the 5 a.m. ET advisory, Florence was 205 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, NC, packing maximum-sustained winds of 110 mph and moving to the northwest at 15 mph.

Hurricane-force winds now extend up to 80 miles and tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 195 miles from the center of the storm.

Cooper said Florence was set to cover nearly all of the state in several feet of water.

The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said hurricane and storm surge warnings are in effect for South Santee River in SC to Duck, North Carolina, and the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds.

Olivia is the first tropical cyclone to make landfall on Maui in modern history, National Weather Service forecasters said. The town's public information officer, Colleen Roberts, told CNN 150 more people were awaiting rescue. "To put this in context, we correctly predicted the full extent of Hurricane Harvey's economic damage to be $190 billion past year". "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU".

Image: Waters come ashore in Avon, North Carolina.

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"Against my better judgment, due to emotionalism, I evacuated", he said.

"It's insane", he said in a phone interview.

More than 370,000 people were without power in North Carolina early on Friday, state officials said.

Duke Energy Co. said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks. Significant weakening is expected over the weekend.

More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it is not clear how many left.

To show the size and power of the storm, a number of photos taken Monday from the International Space Station and astronaut Ricky Arnold show Florence's girth as the storm churns across the Atlantic Ocean.

She said she "could not find anywhere to go" as the family cannot afford multiple hotel rooms. "I'm a little bit scared right now, but I have my iPad and I'm watching Netflix".

Only one storm scared them enough to leave the island.

Evacuation warnings were in place for 1.7 million people, the USA media reported.

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