SC prisoners evacuated due to Hurricane Florence, SCDC says

Christopher Davidson
September 14, 2018

A review of five decades of past storms shows that storm surge and rainfall account for more than 75 percent of deaths during hurricanes.

With the brunt of the slow-moving storm yet to come, about 150 people were awaiting rescue in New Bern, a city near the coast, where a gauge on the Neuse River recorded 10 feet (three meters) of inundation, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Losses from Florence could be on par with those from two previous storms: Hurricane Hazel, which ravaged North Carolina in 1954, causing $15 billion in losses, and Hurricane Hugo in 1989, which caused $20 billion, according to a report from risk modeling firm RMS on Tuesday.

Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said that while Florence is expected to slow down considerably by late Thursday and into Friday, it will still be an "extremely unsafe major hurricane" when it makes landfall.

"If anybody could help. our cars is under water and so is our house".

The downtown area of the city of 30,000 people was under water, city authorities tweeted. "Some areas we can't get to at all", said Amber Parker, a spokeswoman for Craven County Emergency Management told broadcaster MSNBC.

Across the Carolinas at least 188,000 people were without power early on Friday.

The National Hurricane Center said Wednesday the massive waves were produced by being trapped along with very strong winds moving in the same direction of the storm's motion.

More than 300,000 without power as Hurricane Florence batters North Carolina
Screaming winds bent trees and raindrops flew sideways as Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday. Thursday: "I'm looking out a fourth floor balcony back to the center of Morehead City , and the lights are out".

Forecasters predict the storm will make landfall late Thursday night or sometime Friday.

With reports of skyscraper-likes waves out at sea, the potential for historic coastal surges and rainfalls, and severe threats to vulnerable nuclear plants and other industrial waste sites-a behemoth Hurricane Florence is fast-approaching the southeastern US coast on Wednesday as weather experts and emergency management officials intensifying their warnings about the dangers the storm poses. On Thursday evening it was packing peak winds of 90 miles per hour (150 km/h).

As of Tuesday, about 1.7 million people in North and SC and Virginia were under warnings to evacuate the coast, and hurricane watches and warnings extended across an area with about 5.4 million residents. "He lives in North Carolina".

The heavy rain expected from Hurricane Florence could flood hog manure pits, coal ash dumps and other industrial sites in North Carolina, creating a noxious witches' brew of waste that might wash into homes and threaten drinking water supplies.

NHC Director Ken Graham said on Facebook the storm surges could push as far as 2 miles (3 km) inland.

At least 12,000 people had taken refuge in 126 emergency shelters, Cooper said, with more facilities being opened. Government forecasters warn the threat from rain and flash flooding could extend into next week.

"This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast", said Jeff Byard, the associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

In Columbia, South Carolina, Barry Sparks, a 66-year-old retiree, was thinking of getting out after the path of the storm shifted somewhat to the south. Instead, they drove 150 miles (240 km) inland to his mother's house in Durham. "We're kind of at the mercy of the storm".

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