'The Storm's Pretty Intense Right Now': Wilmington Resident Riding Out Hurricane Florence

'The Storm's Pretty Intense Right Now': Wilmington Resident Riding Out Hurricane Florence

In an 11:00 pm Eastern Time advisory, the NHC said: "While Florence has weakened below major hurricane intensity, the wind field of the hurricane continues to grow in size". And an unusual combination of other weather systems that likely will stall Florence when it hits land, allowing it to sit for days and dump huge amounts of rain.

As of Thursday morning, forecast models showed the storm bringing more rain than originally thought - officials now predict 35 inches of rain will fall in a two-day period as Florence, a Category 2 storm with 100 miles per hour sustained winds as of Thursday evening, will stall over Wilmington after making landfall early Friday morning.

A North Carolina TV news station has evacuated its building due to rising waters from Hurricane Florence.

The Category 1 storm has maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour and is moving slowly, at 6 miles per hour.

IN SPACE - SEPTEMBER 12: In this satellite image provided by the National Aeronatics and Space Administration (NASA) and European Space Agency (ESA), Hurricane Florence churns through the Atlantic Ocean toward the U.S. East Coast on September 12, 2018.

Severe inland flooding is also forecast for the Palmetto State, which is expected to see Florence drift through its Pee Dee, Midlands and Upstate regions on Saturday and Sunday.

As of 5 a.m. EDT it was centered about 205 miles (325 kilometers) east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 250 miles (450 kilometers) east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, moving northwest at 15 mph (24 kph).

After a week of hype and hoopla, Hurricane Florence is finally here.

The expected high winds and slow movement of the hurricane as it comes ashore are likely to make rescue efforts in flooded areas challenging, senior US Defence Department officials say. "Dont play games with it. It's a big one". Airlines canceled almost 1,000 flights and counting. The two hardware chains said they sent in a total of around 1,100 trucks.

Body surfer Andrew Vanotteren, of Savannah, Georgia, crashes into waves in the surf bolstered by the incoming Hurricane Florence on the south beach of Tybee Island, Georgia.




Duke Energy, the nation's No. 2 power company, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks. "We're going to be there to help", Cooper said.

Meteorologists have warned it could soon force authorities to issue a tornado watch on the North and South Carolinas coast.

Computer models of exactly what the storm might do varied, adding to the uncertainty. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said the heavy rain could trigger landslides in the west of his state.

In Virginia, where about 245,000 residents were ordered to evacuate low-lying areas, officials urged people to remain away from home despite forecast changes showing Florence's path largely missing the state.

Anxious about how the government will respond to Hurricane Florence's devastation?

With their entire neighborhood evacuated in Wilmington, North Carolina, David and Janelle Garrigus planned to ride out Florence at their daughter's one-bedroom apartment in Charlotte. Unsure of what they might find when they return home, the couple went shopping for a recreational vehicle.

He said if something catastrophic happens to his home, he plans to make his way to a neighbor's house.

"You have water coming onshore and you can rainfall coming down that's trying to move out", he said. Three other Southern raceways also opened campgrounds to evacuees.

Usually when a storm approaches the coast, forecasters can tell with ever-increasing accuracy who will get walloped.

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