With Wilmington cut off from the rest of North Carolina by still-rising floodwaters from Florence , officials plan to airlift food and water to the city of almost 120,000 people as rescuers elsewhere pull inland residents from homes swamped by swollen rivers.
Florence flattened trees, buckled buildings and crumpled roads. In North Carolina alone, there were 777,937 power outages as of 1:20 p.m. ET, according to North Carolina's Department of Public Safety. It came ashore Friday morning as a Category 1 hurricane . Numerous roads across eastern North Carolina were blocked by fallen trees and flooding including parts of I-95, a major north-south artery.
The deaths also included that of a person killed while plugging in a generator, the governor's office said. The greatest storm surge inundation is expected between Cape Fear and Cape Hatteras, including the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers and western Pamlico Sound, the National Hurricane Center said.
A long stretch of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard remained vulnerable to hurricane and tropical storm conditions, from Georgia north through the Carolinas into Virginia. Steering currents - around clear-weather high-pressure systems and stormy low-pressure systems - redirect hurricanes , with the clear-weather systems acting as walls that storms have to go around.
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Work that started earlier in the week to prepare two major natural gas pipeline projects in the path of the storm continued on Wednesday. Landfall is expected late Thursday or early Friday , and the National Hurricane Center fears the storm "will slow considerably or stall, leading to a prolonged and exceptionally heavy and risky rainfall event Friday-Sunday".
Thousands of people were without power in North Carolina on Thursday as the outer bands of Hurricane Florence fell on the area, utilities in the state said. Florence has been bearing down on the Carolinas for days, and it has expanded in size, with tropical-storm-force winds extending almost 200 miles from the storm's eye.
Massive flooding has heavily affected North and SC and while the storm was downgraded to a tropical depression, forecasters are still warning of flash floods throughout the region. Myrtle Beach, a SC beach resort, was deserted with empty streets, boarded up storefronts and very little traffic. About 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians have been deployed, with high-water vehicles, helicopters, and boats.
Dozens more were rescued from a collapsed motel. Screaming winds bent trees toward the ground and raindrops flew sideways as Florence's leading edge moved in for an extended stay along the coast. People around the Carolinas are being told that say they can buy flood insurance policy right now that will cover damage done by Florence, according to FEMA.
Across the Piedmont, Charlotte could see around five to 10 inches of rain. According to the National Weather Service , as of 10 a.m. Thursday, Hurricane Florence was losing strength and was downgraded to a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds at 110 miles per hour.
It's chilling, even from space. The high resolution camera of the worldwide space station took the approach of a powerful hurricane on the East coast U.S. Florence is expected to make landfall in the Carolinas early Friday, bringing with it 20-30 inches of rain to North Carolina, and almost 40 inches to SC, according to the National Hurricane Center .
Wildlife also found itself directly affected by Florence's floodwaters, including these deer seen swimming through neck-deep water. Florence made landfall on the East Coast Friday morning with wind speeds of 195 miles per hour. Charley English of the American Red Cross said anyone wondering how to help from afar can donate blood, registering first at their local Red Cross websites.
Forecasters say wind speeds have dropped from a high of 140 miles per hour (225 kph) to 110 miles per hour (175 kph), reducing it to a Category 2 storm . However, while the hurricane hasn't strengthened in terms of peak winds , the inner-core and outer wind fields have continued to expand, resulting in an increase the cyclone's total energy, which will create a significant storm surge event.
More than 60 people had to be pulled from a collapsing motel at the height of the storm, and many more who defied evacuation orders were hoping to be rescued. As of Thursday morning, two of the 11 nuclear power plants in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, or Virginia were operating at slightly reduced levels, according to EIA.
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More ominously, forecasters said the onslaught would last for hours and hours because Florence was barely creeping along at 6 mph (9 kph) and still drawing energy from the ocean. Heavy rain, gusting winds and rising floodwaters from Hurricane Florence deluged the Carolinas on Thursday as the massive, slow-moving storm crept toward the coastline, threatening millions of people in its path with record rainfall and punishing surf.
Maarten has discontinued the Tropical Storm Watch for St. Maarten. What is Vertical Wind Shear? Wind speeds are expected to hit 55-65mph, with maximums of 70-80mph. Coastal watches and warnings have been canceled. Then on Sunday, as a weakening Florence moves away from our region, our winds will gradually weaken during the day, with some wraparound showers possible.
Nearly 20,000 people had taken refuge in 157 emergency shelters, Mr Cooper said. Ahead of the storm's arrival, shelters animals were moved out of the states in the affected area to protect them. Forecasters said Florence's surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet (3.4 meters) of sea water. Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina Friday morning, bringing howling winds up to 90 miles per hour, reports The Associated Press .
It's a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm with 130 miles per hour (215 kph) maximum sustained winds. The centre of Isaac passed between Martinique and Dominica with maximum sustained winds of about 45 miles per hour. But by Monday Helene is expected to be downgraded to a storm. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the tropical storm watch area, also beginning late this morning.
Announcing his evacuation order, SC governor Henry McMaster said an estimated one million people would be fleeing the coast. He added: "The waves and the wind this storm may bring is nothing like you've ever seen". Large cities and towns that lie within the most threatened zone include Jacksonville, Greenville, New Bern, Morehead City and Kinston, says the center.
On the morning of September 14, the National Hurricane Centre warned that "catastrophic" flooding and "life-threatening" storm surges were expected to spread inland. But the hurricane had slowed to a crawl, drenching coastal communities for hours on end. The NHC described Florence as a "slow mover" and said it had the potential to dump historic amounts of rainfall on North and SC, as much as 40 inches (one meter) in some places.
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Parts of the Carolina coast are expecting 20-30 (50-75cm) inches of rain, with isolated regions seeing up to 40in of downpour. Heavy rainfall began after dark. Spanish moss waved in the trees as the winds picked up in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City. Wilmington resident Julie Terrell was plenty concerned after walking to breakfast past a row of shops fortified with boards, sandbags and hurricane shutters.
The Army Corps of Engineers was preparing to start work restoring power, installing temporary roofing and removing debris. "Lots of water, lots of wind, lots of storm surge". The National Hurricane Center said the storm will eventually push westward and make a right hook to the northeast over the southern Appalachians, moving into the mid-Atlantic region and New England as a tropical depression by the middle of next week.
Forecasters say "it can not be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard associated with slow-moving Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will be spreading inland". Parts of the mid-Atlantic can also expect heavy rains from what is left of Florence well into next week. Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com said Florence could dump a staggering 18 trillion gallons of rain over a week on North Carolina, South Carolinas , Virginia, ...