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

Hurricane Florence blew ashore in the USA state of North Carolina with howling 90 miles per hour (144 km/h) winds and terrifying storm surge early Friday, felling trees, splintering buildings, trapping hundreds of people and swamping entire communities along the coast. The child's father was taken to a hospital.

In Hampstead, North Carolina, a woman died of a heart attack on Friday since emergency crews could not reach her due to fallen trees in road, local media reported.

Florence had been a Category-3 hurricane on Thursday but dropped to Category-1 before coming ashore.

Florence was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared a year ago for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where the death toll was put at almost 3,000.

The National Hurricane Center has downgraded it to a tropical storm, but warned that life-threatening storm surges - in which water is pushed by a storm over land that would normally be dry - and catastrophic freshwater flooding were still expected. Storm surge expert Hal Needham, director of Marine Weather and Climate in Miami says the hurricane's strong winds will likely blow ocean water into bays.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door-to-door to pull people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse. Spending, meanwhile, fell more than 30 percent, or around $500 that week, and more than 65 percent on the day of landfall as businesses closed up shop and residents took shelter from the storm.

Maysie Baumgardner, 7, sheltered with her family at the Hotel Ballast in downtown Wilmington as Florence's floodwaters filled the streets.

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Croix beginning Thursday evening. "It's just extremely busy and it's even busier than a year ago and all at once", Blake said. In the latest information from the National Hurricane Center , Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 event.

"You need to be prepared to be without power for weeks", Holding said, pointing out that Hurricane Fran knocked out power for two weeks and Hurricane Matthew left him without power for five days.

Cooper said Florence was expected to cover nearly all of North Carolina in several feet of water. Twenty inches (50 cm) were reported by early Friday afternoon in the town of Oriental.

Florence's eye could come ashore early Friday around the North Carolina-South Carolina line.

There are about 150 people waiting to be rescued. "The longer you have this hurricane wind flow, the longer you push that water well inland", he said.

Bertha Bradley said she has never favored evacuating ahead of hurricanes.

Astronauts at the International Space Station, for example, struggled to fit the enormous storm into one frame. Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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