Hurricane Florence brings flooding; mother, baby die after tree falls on home

Hurricane Florence brings flooding; mother, baby die after tree falls on home

Hurricane Florence brings flooding; mother, baby die after tree falls on home

The biggest surge should occur just to the north of where the eye of the storm comes ashore, which the Hurricane Center projects in southeastern North Carolina.

The NHC categorises hurricanes of category three and above as major storms.

Virginia and Georgia are also under states of emergency, but it's North and SC that are positioned to suffer the worst of the storm's wrath. We could see totals there around a foot in some locations.

Hurricane Florence is not expected to make landfall until Friday morning but residents in coastal areas are already losing power as gusts lash the eastern edge of North Carolina. Alexander Gerst/ESA/NASA via AP This image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. He said that the hurricane could only be captured on a super-wide lens, even from 400 kilometres up.

Although Charlotte is farther inland than the areas expected to the get the brunt of the hurricane force winds natives say they are anxious about the rain and risk of flooding. The hardest part to figure out now is where that heavy rain band sets up - probably right over Charlotte or just to the north. Showers and storms will increase in activity as the day progresses.

We will continue to see conditions deteriorate tonight through Saturday. But riding out Hurricane Florence in areas that are being evacuated is not a good idea, especially in light of all the devastation brought about by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Maria in 2017 (Puerto Rico's government recently raised the island's Maria-related death toll to 2,975 people). Winds will be offshore, so storm surge flooding will be nothing to worry about. O'Shaughnessy, head of US Northern Command, said search and rescue would be a top priority, but weather may prevent rescuers from getting in during the hours immediately after the storm hits. We will feel the impacts even if the track has shifted southward. "We are going to hunker down and stay safe and not stay in mobiles and we will be OK". Looking a little better on Sunday as high pressure builds in and pushes Florence over inland NC/SC. The storm surge could reach up to more than 3.9m, if the maximum surge coincides with high tide.

Carolina Beach lies on a narrow strip of land in the southern part of North Carolina.

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11 AM Update: Florence is now 145 miles ESE of Wilmington, NC.

"Catastrophic effects will be felt outside the center of the storm due to storm surge as high as 9 to 13 feet". No significant storm surge is expected in the Savannah area, but rip tides are likely through Friday, making swimming risky.

More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate over the past few days, and the homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.

The National Weather Service in Charleston indicated that confidence in the forecast as of early evening Thursday was moderate through 5 p.m. Friday, but then low for the remainder of the weekend.

Here are five frightening things about Hurricane Florence that meteorologists are reporting.

Once a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 140 miles per hour, the hurricane was downgraded to a Category 1 on Thursday night.

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