Hurricane Florence lashes United States east coast, triggers flood warnings

Hurricane Florence lashes United States east coast, triggers flood warnings

Hurricane Florence lashes United States east coast, triggers flood warnings

So if you find yourself here, please get out. "So if you're on the beach the time to go is now".

"Hurricane Florence is powerful, slow and relentless", he said.

There were no immediate reports of any deaths.

Life-threatening storm surge and rainfall are expected. But these winds combined with a giant storm surge and deluge of rain are brewing havoc along the coast. He added that Hurricane Florence poses a challenge because it is expected to drift over hard-hit areas.

Hurricane Florence's strong wind tore apart this gas pump in Wilimington, North Carolina.

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.

Another Wilmington resident said she did not want to leave because she was afraid to see what she would come back to after the storm.

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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.

The NHC said hurricane-force winds extended outward 80 miles from the center of the storm and tropical storm-force winds extended almost 195 miles out.

It was expected to begin pushing its way westward across SC later in the day, in a watery siege that could go on all weekend.

The non-emergency call center for Hurricane Florence is 919-996-2999.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence will eventually make a right hook to the northeast over the southern Appalachians, moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England as a tropical depression by the middle of next week.

A tornado watch was also in effect for parts of North Carolina. The military has the benefit of using its own bases, such as Fort Bragg in North Carolina, to pre-position relief supplies and equipment.

On Friday, coastal streets in the Carolinas flowed with frothy ocean water, and pieces of torn-apart buildings flew through the air. Roof shingles were peeled off a hotel.

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She tweeted: "Wind Gusts at Wilmington Intl Airport reached 92 miles per hour, the highest wind gust since Hurricane Donna hit September 11, 1960".

Airlines canceled more than 2,100 flights through Sunday.

WXII-TV reported that 150 people were waiting to be rescued from rising waters in the city New Bern.

Within hours of the storm making landfall, officials in Onslow County - which includes the city of Jacksonville, reported "major structural damage to homes, businesses and institutions".

"We did a detailed lesson-learned process, as we do post- any significant event, in the Department of Defense", said Kenneth Rapuano, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security.

Sheets of rain splattered against windows of a hotel before daybreak in Wilmington, where Sandie Orsa of Wilmington sat in a lobby lit by emergency lights after the electricity went out.

President Donald Trump has said protecting lives is his "absolute highest priority" and that the White House is standing by to offer affected states whatever help they request.

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Duke said it had more than 20,000 personnel ready to start fixing outages as soon as conditions allowed, including over 8,000 from the Duke's Carolinas utilities, 1,700 from the Midwest, 1,200 from Florida and 9,400 from other utilities.

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