Hurricane Florence Rocks Wooden Pier in Nags Head

Christopher Davidson
September 14, 2018

The National Weather Center predicts another 20 to 25 inches of rain for the areas surrounding the Carolinas' border, with 30 to 40 inches in some places. Fayetteville could see up to 15 inches of rain and wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour. And that's just the prelude to untold days of misery. However, as the storm continues to track south, rainfall totals could increase.

"Catastrophic effects will be felt outside the center of the storm due to storm surge as high as 9 to 13 feet".

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned people: "Today the threat becomes a reality".

And don't be fooled by the fact that Florence has weakened slightly to a strong Category 2 hurricane. "So if you find yourself here, please get out", meteorologist Erika Navarro pleads, as the virtual waters rise above her head. "We can not underestimate this storm".

Right now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center is predicting that Florence will become a tropical storm tomorrow (Sept. 15) over SC, continue northwest to eastern Kentucky, then swing northeast and track over most of New England early next week. That's enough to fill more than 15 million Olympic-size swimming pools.

"It's cumulative damage", Myers said.

The water starts at her feet, rising behind her to three feet and "coming up my shins towards my waist", then to six feet and finally to nine feet, dwarfing her as she warns of the storm surge. So will the trees. Before night fell there were no reports of power loss nor significant damage.

Sixteen kilometres away in the city of Wilmington, wind gusts were stirring up frothy white caps into the Cape Fear River.

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North Carolina's Emergency Management tweeted that more than 154,000 homes were already without electricity by late Thursday.

At least 188,000 people were without power in North Carolina and SC early on Friday.

"You put your life at risk by staying", Cooper said. Firefighters and police fought wind and rain going door-to-door to pull people out after the cinderblock structure began to crumble and the roof began to collapse. More than 1 million people are under mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders, with more than 10 million people under storm watches or warnings.

"Even the rescuers can not stay there", he said.

A state of emergency has been declared in five coastal states - North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia. They also instituted a 24-hour curfew.

With winds picking up along the coastline earlier Thursday, federal and state officials had issued final appeals to residents to get out of the path of the "once in a lifetime" weather system. As the recovery from past storms continues in many rural towns, the next storm is about to strike.

It was set to inundate nearly all of North Carolina in several feet of water, State Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference, while National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear predicted up to eight months of rain in two or three days. Sand dunes gone storm surge 4' into house knocking down walls first floor.

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