Hurricane Florence lashes Carolinas in USA, causing floods

Hurricane Florence lashes Carolinas in USA, causing floods

It is expected to move across parts of south-eastern North Carolina and eastern SC, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said. Tens of thousands were without power.

As of 5 a.m., Florence was 25 miles (55 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina. Heavy rainfall began after dark.

Faced with new forecasts that showed a more southerly threat, Georgia's governor joined his counterparts in Virginia and North and SC in declaring a state of emergency, and some residents who had thought they were safely out of range boarded up their homes.

Officials say the hurricane could bring more than 1,000 millimeters of rain to some areas through early next week and cause storm surges of almost 4 meters.

The wide storm weakened to a Category 3 hurricane Wednesday and forecasters expect it to weaken further as it nears the shore.

The cone of probability for Hurricane Florence as of 11:00 p.m. EDT, Sept. 13, 2018.

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"The time to prepare is nearly over", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a morning news conference.

Florence is becoming more of a threat to more people - now including some in Georgia - in more ways. Another 400 people were in shelters in Virginia, where forecasts were less dire.

The hurricane is expected to weaken into a tropical depression as it continues westward into SC and Georgia.

President Donald Trump - who was criticised for his response to the deadly Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico past year -has said the White House is absolutely, totally prepared to provide aid once Florence hits. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands face possible isolated amounts of 3 inches.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's student paper, The Daily Tar Heel, reported that class has been canceled and students have been encouraged to leave the Chapel Hill area before the storm hits.

Spanish moss waved in the trees as the winds picked up in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City. "Hopefully the Outer Banks will still be here".

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Wilmington resident Julie Terrell was plenty concerned after walking to breakfast past a row of shops fortified with boards, sandbags and hurricane shutters. "You can't stop Mother Nature".

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.

"I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", he said.

"What can you do?" she asked. "A storm can come and wipe your house out overnight".

Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help deal with what could be weeks of power outages in the aftermath, the company said. Parts of North Carolina had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 10 feet, he said.

The storm will slow down because of pushback from a trough - an extended area of low atmospheric pressure - now over Texas, Stacy Stewart, an NHC senior hurricane specialist, said in the update.

Florence's intensity has diminished since roaring ashore along the USA mid-Atlantic coast on Friday as a hurricane.

Scientists said it is too soon to say what role, if any, global warming played in the storm. The hurricane center also adjusted its projected track but stayed north of what most computer models were showing to prove some continuity with past forecasts.

The storm is not expected to change much in strength before making landfall, but states up and down the East Coast have a great potential for severe weather.

"Against my better judgment, due to emotionalism, I evacuated", said Fisher, 74.

"Do you want to get hit with a train or do you want to get hit with a cement truck?" he said.

"I was born here", he told me today.

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