Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

'Threat becomes reality': Florence begins days of rain, wind

'Threat becomes reality': Florence begins days of rain, wind

"This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast", the National Weather Service in Wilmington, North Carolina, wrote in its Tuesday evening area forecast discussion, adding in a Wednesday report that flooding in southeast North Carolina and northeast SC could be "unprecedented". "I've got four cats inside the house". Hurricane-force winds extended 90 miles (150 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometers).

The storm will churn very slowly Friday and Saturday, extending the damaging winds and huge amounts of rain that will hit the same areas of North and SC for 24 hours.

Residents wade through deep floodwater to retrieve belongings from the Trent Court public housing apartments after the Neuse River went over its banks during Hurricane Florence September 13, 2018 in New Bern, United States.

Hurricanes can push masses of water from the sea over land when they come ashore, raising local sea levels by as much as 20 feet (6 meters), according to the National Hurricane Center.

"We have two boats and all our worldly possessions", said Susan Patchkofsky, who refused her family's pleas to evacuate and stayed at Emerald Isle with her husband.

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The storm's center was about 50 miles south of Morehead City at around 11 p.m. EST (0300 GMT Friday).

"We're on vacation, and we have a week off, and we came down from northern Virginia to have fun", she told ABC News.

Aside from wind-shear dangers, concerns are now shifting to flooding and storm surge issues.

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FEMA and the National Weather Service also urged residents along the coast to evacuate.

The torrential rainfall could last for significant periods and cause catastrophic flooding, including in inland areas such as Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia. Your time is running out.

FEMA's Long warned the danger was not only along the coast: "Inland flooding kills a lot of people, unfortunately, and that's what we're about to see", he said. "On the forecast track, the center of Florence will approach the coasts of North and SC later tonight, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and northeastern SC in the hurricane warning area on Friday", the briefing said. Millions were expected to lose power from the storm and restoration could take weeks.

Reacting to the possibility of a more southerly track, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared an emergency but did not immediately order any evacuations.

A Beaufort Sheriff's Office statement released shortly after the governor's conference reads, "As of this time, there is no evacuation order for Beaufort County".

"The shelters are not taking dogs", Ramirez said.

NASA via AP In this September 12, 2018 photo provided by NASA, Hurricane Florence churns over the Atlantic Ocean heading for the USA east coast as seen from the International Space Station. "I learned from the past to keep the ice in the washing machine".

"I said, 'Why get on the road like this?"

"The only thing missing in there is a hot lady".

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