Hurricane Florence: What we know and what to expect

Hurricane Florence: What we know and what to expect

In Hurricane Sandy in 2012, storm surge-induced flooding measured as high as 9 feet above ground in parts of NY and New Jersey, leading to billions of dollars in damages. The child's father was injured and taken to a hospital. It is an extremely, dangerous, life-threatening, historic hurricane, ' said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.

Its new path indicates that after arriving in the area near Wilmington, North Carolina, the storm will dip to the south before resuming a western course, the FWS explained in the statement.

After landfall, Florence slowed to a pace that would see the system likely lingering for days.

The National Hurricane Center's best guess was that Florence would blow ashore as early as Friday afternoon around the North Carolina-South Carolina line, then slog its rainy way westward with a potential for catastrophic inland flooding that could swamp homes, businesses and farm fields.

"The longer you have this hurricane wind flow, the longer you push that water well inland", he said.

Amtrak canceled its passenger rail service south of Washington, D.C., and there were almost 600 cancellations of flights arriving or departing from major airports in the Carolinas.

North Carolina's governor's office said a third person was killed while plugging in a generator. Numerous evacuees took their pets.

Boat teams including volunteers rescued some 360 residents, including Sadie Marie Holt, 67, who first tried to row out of her neighborhood during Florence's assault. "I'm a little bit scared right now", she said, "but I have my iPad and I'm watching Netflix". The destructive storm surge will occur as the hurricane's eye comes ashore from Thursday night into Friday, the Weather Channel said, and coastal flooding may persist through multiple high tide cycles into this weekend east of the center of Florence.

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A spokeswoman for Love's Travel Stops says demand for gasoline has doubled at numerous company's truck-stop locations in the path of Hurricane Florence.

The Atlantic hurricane is located about 280 miles (450 kilometers) east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, packing maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour (175 km/h), the NHC said.

Current pressure readings are coming in at 946 millibars, delivering winds in excess of 140 miles per hour.

Authorities in New Bern, a town of about 30,000 people that dates to the early 18th century, said more than 100 people had to be rescued from floods.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the US electricity sector has been well prepared for Hurricane Florence even as hundreds of thousands of homes lose power in the storm.

Video reports from several towns in the Carolinas showed emergency personnel wading through rippling thigh-high floodwaters in residential neighborhoods.

The White House said on Friday President Donald Trump had spoken with state and local officials, assuring them the federal government was prepared to help. "There will be disruptions in our services", he said.

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