Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Florence sits on doorstep of Carolinas with projected winds of 100mph

Florence sits on doorstep of Carolinas with projected winds of 100mph

Roberts said rescuers were facing very challenging conditions, but assured residents help was on the way.

The Miami-based center had said earlier Friday Florence's arrival would come with "catastrophic" fresh water flooding over portions of the Carolinas.

Heavy flooding is expected, with a storm surge up to 13ft (4 metres) in the area stretching from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, North Carolina. At the city's airport, the wind was gusting at 91 miles per hour.

Hurricane Florence has reached the us mainland and is bringing intense conditions throughout the Carolinas.

As 400-mile-wide Florence pounded away at the coast with torrential downpours and surging seas, rescue crews used boats to reach scores of people besieged by rising waters along a river.

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons, enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches (25 centimeters).

Hurricane Florence is expected to pack a potentially life-threatening punch as it continues its path toward the United States east coast. It could then head west and southwest.

Outside of the wind, the broad circulation of the storm will allow for a storm surge north of the center of circulation heading into Friday. Isolated areas could get 40 inches.

He added that Hurricane Florence poses a challenge because it is expected to drift over hard-hit areas.

And Hurricane Florence, though far from the fastest-windspeed storm in recent memory, remains a significant threat precisely due to the large surge and huge rainfall it's dumping on affected areas.

"Because of the slow movement of the storm, the rain is going to have plenty of time keep piling up", said Feltgen.

Forecasters are predicting that the storm will continue to weaken but still dump potentially record-breaking amounts of rain as it moves slowly inland.

As of 1 p.m. ET, more than a foot of rain had fallen in many towns in southeastern North Carolina.

"The idea of having to leave with my two cats and go somewhere for a week or more.once you leave, you don't know how many days it will be before you can return", a Wilmington resident named Kate told VOA. "So we really have a new hustle this morning to get the rest of those 150 people out". "Waffle House has vowed that they'll try to keep the place open for as long as the powers on".

"In a matter of seconds, my house was flooded up to the waist, and now it is to the chest", she said.

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". "They pulled out all the furniture out of the yard. I hope we don't but that might be the only thing that would affect us", James said.

The centre urges people within the affected areas to take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other risky conditions.

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