North Carolina faces Hurricane Florence the only way we know how…with memes

North Carolina faces Hurricane Florence the only way we know how…with memes

North Carolina faces Hurricane Florence the only way we know how…with memes

The remainder of SC and North Carolina into southwest Virginia could see 6 to 12 inches, with some isolated areas seeing 15 inches. Cramer said the police chief informed him that as of this morning, the only people in sight were "two or three stragglers".

While wind speeds dropped Thursday, forecasters reminded people that what makes Florence extremely unsafe are the potentially deadly storm surges, the expected mammoth coastal flooding and historic rainfall.

More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm approached, and more than 12,000 were in shelters.

Around 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches and some 4.9 million in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches, AP noted.

As of 2 a.m., Florence was centered about 35 miles (55 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Some areas of North Carolina saw nearly a foot of rain just a few hours, and footage showed sea levels begin to surge inland.

Cooper said Florence was set to cover nearly all of North Carolina in several feet of water.

More than 22,600 people in North Carolina were housed in 150 shelters statewide, including schools, churches and Wake Forest University's basketball arena.

John Church, who works at Bourbon Street bar and restaurant, walked to the river to see the conditions about an hour after Florence made landfall. Calls for help kept coming in as the wind picked up and the tide arrived, said city public information officer Colleen Roberts.

She said the momentum the storm has generated on its long trip across the Atlantic won't go away just "because the winds decrease a couple miles an hour".

Video reports from several towns in the Carolinas showed emergency personnel wading through rippling thigh-high floodwaters in residential neighbourhoods. It's believed he died after he was blown down while going outside to check on his dogs.

In a historic neighborhood just outside of downtown, mature oaks and other large trees had fallen onto gardens, gates, roofs and parked cars.

More news: 12:15 p.m. update: Hurricane Florence now a Cat 4 monster

"It's insane", he said in a phone interview.

"I've never been one to leave for a storm but this one kind of had me spooked", he said.

The outer bands of Hurricane Florence lashed the Carolinas with wind and rain on Thursday, flooding roads and overflowing rivers in an ominous prelude of the damage the huge storm could inflict when it makes landfall on Friday with millions of people in its path.

Duke Energy Corp, the biggest utility in the area with over 4 million customers in the Carolinas, estimated the storm could cause between 1 million to 3 million outages. Though forecasters later downgraded Florence to a tropical storm, the monster system is barely moving over the Carolinas and could dump drenching rains of up to 3½ feet (1 meter).

Forecasters warned that drenching rains of 1 to 3½ feet (30 centimeters to 1 meter) as the hurricane-turned-tropical storm crawls westward across North and SC could trigger epic flooding well inland over the next few days. Significant weakening is expected over the weekend.

Its surge of ocean water could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 13 feet, and days of downpours could unload more than 3 feet of rain, touching off severe flooding.

And there's no way her family could afford that - or the $1,728 per room another hotel quoted.

Her neighbors gave her the key to their house, which is two stories and might be safer from flooding, she said. "I'm a little bit scared right now, but I have my iPad and I'm watching Netflix".

The plentiful waste pits are one of a number of environmental hazards in the path of Florence, including Superfund sites, coal plants and chemical factories.

On the Outer Banks, some people are preparing to ride out the storm, despite an evacuation order.

Thank you for signing up for the Brightside Blend Newsletter.

Related news