As Florence weakens, live surf cam videos show impact on Carolinas

As Florence weakens, live surf cam videos show impact on Carolinas

As Florence weakens, live surf cam videos show impact on Carolinas

As of 8 a.m. ET, the National Hurricane Center said Florence was centered about 170 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 220 miles east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Florence's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Thursday at 110 miles per hour (175 kph) after it was downgraded to a Category 2 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the NHC.

Florence has already set a North Carolina record for rainfall totals, exceeding that of Hurricane Floyd, which struck in 1999 and caused 56 deaths.

"This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", NHC forecasters warned.

North Carolina governor Roy Cooper urged residents to remain alert despite changing forecasts. "We can not underestimate this storm". "I am frightened about what's coming".

With flood waters advancing rapidly in many communities, around 50 stranded people had been airlifted out by helicopter in North Carolina, said Petty Officer Michael Himes of the U.S. Coast Guard.

A satellite altimeter under the northeast quadrant, the strongest area of the storm, recorded the wave.

The storm made landfall on Friday near Wilmington, a city of about 120,000 squeezed between North Carolina's Atlantic coastline and the Cape Fear River.

Florence is already making its presence felt along the coast of North Carolina.

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Hurricane Florence continues to barrel toward the coast of the Carolinas as a powerful Category 2 hurricane.

A storm surge watch is in effect for Edisto Beach South Carolina to the North Carolina-Virginia border and Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, including the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers.

Satellite image taken on 14 September, 2018, shows Hurricane Florence hitting the USA east coast. More than 1 million people had been ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia and thousands moved to emergency shelters, officials said. Instead of roaring ashore and quickly heading inland and weakening, as most storms do, Hurricane Florence should instead "stall near the coast and then parallel southwestward toward Georgia", Weather Channel meteorologist Greg Postel said.

A slow motion across portions of eastern SC is forecast Friday night through Saturday night.Data from the aircraft and Doppler weather radars indicate that maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 105 miles per hour with higher gusts.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for. Heavy rains were forecast to extend into the Appalachian Mountains, affecting parts of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia.

Santee Cooper, a state-owned utility in SC, said it may take days before line workers can even begin restoration work, spokeswoman Mollie Gore said. It had long lines on Thursday.

"They really need to get out because they just can't prepare for a lot of the things that could happen due to heavy rain", he said.

On the forecast track, the center of Florence will approach the coasts of North and SC later today, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and northeastern SC in the hurricane warning area tonight and Friday. Instead, they drove 150 miles (240 km) inland to his mother's house in Durham.

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