Hurricane Florence bears down on Carolinas

Hurricane Florence bears down on Carolinas

Hurricane Florence bears down on Carolinas

Florence's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Thursday at 165 kph after it was downgraded to a Category 2 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the NHC.

The outer bands of the cyclone drenched the Carolinas on Thursday, flooding roads and knocking out power in an ominous glimpse of the damage it could inflict when it makes landfall on Friday.

Weather Underground meteorology director Jeff Masters said Florence eventually could strike as merely a Category 1 hurricane with winds less than 100 miles per hour (160 kph), but that's still enough to cause at least $1 billion in damage.

And there are reports of another storm in the Pacific, too.

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But that, combined with the storm's slowing forward movement and heavy rains, had North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warning of an impending disaster. "He is the only caregiver to me and my son", Browning said.

There have reportedly been 800-plus flights canceled as a result of Hurricane Florence.

The hurricane centre also said the threat of tornadoes was increasing as the storm neared shore. Storm surge of 13 feet on top of a high tide at 7 feet could overwhelm Carolina Beach.

Panovich: The other interesting thing is in Charlotte our biggest impacts might be felt more Friday night into Saturday, and we will certainly see some wind on Friday but I think the rain may be kind of scattered about on Friday and the heavy stuff doesn't really move in until Saturday.

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Forecasters said it appears the storm will make landfall somewhere around Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, which sits just east of Wilmington. Jeff Merkley of OR, showed funds came out of the operations and support budget before the start of hurricane season. REUTERS/Randall HillDennis Kernodle talks on the phone during storm preparations of his oceanfront home ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, U.S. September 12, 2018. That puts it at the upper range of Category 2 storms, which have winds from 96 to 110 miles per hour. But forecasters warned that the widening storm - and its likelihood of lingering around the coast day after day - will bring seawater surging onto land and torrential downpours.

Baker said the rain will bring damaging flash flooding to all areas of the Wilmington region, not just low-lying areas that are particularly vulnerable.

Maryland's largest natural gas and electric company, BGE, said it was also preparing for the storm. Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind does.

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Several residents fled the coast under both mandatory and voluntary evacuations. Municipal power agencies, including New Bern and Southport, have not reported any outages yet. On Wednesday, officials said some of those shelters were at capacity, but in a statement early Thursday, county officials said they were "able to mobilize additional resources to accommodate the need for shelter space".

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