'The Storm's Pretty Intense Right Now': Wilmington Resident Riding Out Hurricane Florence

'The Storm's Pretty Intense Right Now': Wilmington Resident Riding Out Hurricane Florence

A Weatherflow station at Fort Macon, North Carolina recently reported a sustained wind of 77 miles per hour with a gust to 100 miles per hour.

Nearly 160,000 customers already were without power in North Carolina Thursday evening - and that number is likely to rise.

As of 8am local time (midnight Friday NZT) it was centred about 275km east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina and about 355km east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, moving northwest at 20kmh. Tropical-Storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles from the center.

"It's a big powerful Atlantic hurricane coming right into North Carolina initially and then we have to see whether it wants to turn back to the southwest and hug the coast all the way down to Charleston before finally making its way inland", Bastardi said.

Forecasters say the center of the eye of Hurricane Florence is about to make landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina. The huge storm could unleash a 13-foot wall of water in some areas - with a one-two punch of up to 40 inches of rain.

The result: catastrophic inland flooding that could swamp homes, businesses, farm fields and industrial sites.

Invest 95L, which is the National Hurricane Center designation for the system we are watching in the central Gulf of Mexico, may organize into at least a tropical depression before impacting the western Gulf coast from Mexico through Texas to Louisiana by Friday.

"This is a attractive beach here I can't imagine how it's going to be when we come back", homeowner Sheryl Andrews said.

"Get out of its way, don't play games with it", said Mr Trump.

Her neighbors gave her the key to their house, which is two stories and might be safer from flooding, she said.

Emergency preparations included activating more than 2,700 National Guard troops, stockpiling food, setting up shelters, switching traffic patterns so major roads led away from shore, and securing 16 nuclear power reactors in the Carolinas and Virginia. Airlines cancelled almost 1000 flights and counting. Home Depot and Lowe's activated emergency response centers to get generators, trash bags and bottled water to stores before and after the storm. The two hardware chains said they sent in a total of around 1100 trucks.

Duke Energy, the nation's No. 2 power company, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks.

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Isaac Ginis, a hurricane expert at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography, said that with rising temperatures, hurricanes are likely to become more intense, bring more rain and pose more risks to coastal areas from higher seas and bigger storm surges and waves.

And in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, hospitals are racing to evacuate patients.

"In 12 or 18 hours, they may be saying different things all over again", he said.

Hurricane Florence pushes its way towards the Carolinas coast.

Computer models of exactly what the storm might do varied, adding to the uncertainty.

Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland have all declared a state of emergency.

Map shows the projected path of Hurricane Florence as of 11am, September 13, 2018.

We will start to see Florence slow down a bit as the day progresses.

Their entire neighborhood evacuated in Wilmington, N.C., David and Janelle Garrigus planned to ride out Florence at their daughter's one-bedroom apartment in Charlotte.

As of 6 a.m., Florence was centered just 10 miles (20 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina. Unsure of what they might find when they return home, the couple went shopping for a recreational vehicle.

He said if something catastrophic happens to his home, he plans to make his way to a neighbor's house. There is a chance some of that tropical rainfall could pass through portions of the Northeast next Tuesday or Wednesday before we can finally say good riddance to Florence for good. Three other Southern raceways also opened campgrounds to evacuees.

Forecasters anxious the storm's damage will be all the worse if it lingers on the coast.

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