Hurricane Florence: Over 188,000 without power as monster storm batters Carolinas

Hurricane Florence: Over 188,000 without power as monster storm batters Carolinas

Tens of thousands were without power.

As Hurricane Florence pounds the Carolina coast, a Wilmington, North Carolina, resident joined "Fox & Friends First" to explain why he has deliberately ignored mandatory evacuation orders. Heavy rainfall began after dark.

Forecasters said conditions will deteriorate as the storm pushes ashore early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and makes its way slowly inland.

The effects of Hurricane Florence have already arrived to the US East Coast, where the National Hurricane Center forecasts as much as 40 inches of rain and 11 feet of flooding from storm surge in some places.

Florence is a large hurricane.

Although Florence has been downgraded from a category four to a category two storm, North Carolina governor Roy Cooper warned: "Don't relax, don't get complacent. Today the threat becomes a reality".

More than 370,000 people were without power in North Carolina early on Friday, state officials said.

If you're anxious about flooding away from the coast, then the Southeast River Forecast Center is your go-to stop. "We can not underestimate this storm".

Trinidadians living overseas are vigorously preparing themselves for the hurricane.

As Florence drew near, President Donald Trump tweeted that FEMA and first responders are "supplied and ready", and he disputed the official conclusion that almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico, claiming the figure was a Democratic plot to make him look bad.

Hurricane Florence brought a storm surge of some 3 meters (10 feet) as it began battering the U.S. east coast early on Friday.

More than 1 million people have been ordered to evacuate the coastlines of the Carolinas and Virginia.

Florence also blew down trees, including one that went through the roof of Kevin DiLoreto's home in Wilmington.

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Some of the few people still left in Nags Head on the Outer Banks took photos of angry waves topped with white froth.

Wilmington resident Julie Terrell was plenty concerned after walking to breakfast past a row of shops fortified with boards, sandbags and hurricane shutters. "And since we're already on high ground, those two things together kind of help insulate us a little more than, I would say, others". "Because it's Mother Nature".

National Weather Service 5-day rainfall forecast. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.

The Coast Guard warned pleasure boaters to find safe harbors and noted that drawbridges might not operate once winds reach 25 miles per hour (40 kph).

She said a hurricane has a way of bringing everyone to the same level.

"We're a little anxious about the storm surge so we came down to see what the river is doing now", said Linda Smith, 67, a retired nonprofit director. "Whether you have a house or not, when the storm comes it will bring everyone together".

In the video, the astronauts expressed awe at the size of the storm, while also pointing out Isaac, a former tropical storm now making its way through the Caribbean. Duke Energy, a local power company, estimated that up to three million customers could lose their supply as a result of Florence.

Early Thursday Florence was about 235 miles (378 kilometers) east southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina and about 280 miles (450 kilometers) east southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. But previous research has shown that the strongest hurricanes are getting wetter, more intense and intensifying faster because of human-caused climate change.

Hundreds of thousands of people in the Carolinas and Virginia have been forced to evacuate as Hurricane Florence battered the eastern coast of the United States, including more than 3,000 prisoners who have been relocated from jails in the path of Florence. Overall, the storm is 400 miles wide.

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

'I see the beach communities being inundated with water and destruction that will be pretty, pretty epic in nature'.

Authorities pushed back against any suggestion the storm's threat was exaggerated.

Since issuing a mandatory evacuation order Wednesday, nearly all of the more than 2500 residents left the island.

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