Hurricane Florence: North Carolina residents urged to leave

Hurricane Florence: North Carolina residents urged to leave

The centre of the hurricane made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina, bringing with it life-threatening storm surges and 90mph winds.

It diminished from hurricane force as it came ashore, but forecasters said the 350-mile-wide storm's slow progress across North and SC could leave much of the region under water in the coming days.

- President Donald Trump on Wednesday urged those living in the path of Hurricane Florence to comply with all evacuation orders and emergency instructions.

Masters said there's a tug-of-war between two clear-skies high-pressure systems - one off the coast and one over MI.

Tropical storm-force winds extended 175 miles from Florence's center, and hurricane-force winds reached out 70 miles. But forecasters said its extreme size meant it could batter the US East Coast with hurricane-force winds for almost a full day.

"This storm is relentless and excruciating", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told CNN late on Friday.

By early Saturday morning, Florence is expected to have weakened to a tropical storm, and by early Sunday, it will be a tropical depression.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm, and more than one million were ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia.

Atlantic Beach on North Carolina's Outer Banks islands had already received 30 inches of rain, the U.S. Geological Survey said, while more than 25 inches have fallen in the Newport, Morehead City area since Thursday.

The center of Florence will approach the coasts of North and SC on Thursday, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and eastern SC on Thursday night and Friday, the NHC added.




As of Tuesday, more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.

But the NHC also said tropical storm-force winds extended outward up to 195 miles (315 km) from its center, leaving a swathe of the US eastern seaboard vulnerable, much of it low-lying and stretching from Georgia north through the Carolinas into Virginia. Home Depot and Lowe's activated emergency response centers to get generators, trash bags and bottled water to stores before and after the storm. Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power, and that restoring it could take weeks.

Private meteorologist Ryan Maue of Weathermodels.com in an email called the overnight European computer simulation "another model run for the ages".

"I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence", Mr Deal said.

Wilmington, North Carolina, just north of where the hurricane is expected to come ashore, was sunny around midday on Wednesday as the town appeared to be emptying.

Al Brookins poses with his shirt that lists some of the previoius hurricanes he has lived through before the arrival of Hurricane Florence September 12, 2018 in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.

Melody Rawson evacuated her first-floor apartment in Myrtle Beach and arrived at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, to camp for free with three other adults, her disabled son, two dogs and a pet bird. "We got thrown into mailboxes, houses, trees", said Holt, who had stayed at home because of a doctor's appointment that was later canceled.

Forecasters anxious the storm's damage will be all the worse if it lingers on the coast.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand. Most other beachgoers were long gone.

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