Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

The Buzz | Tropical bands from Florence begin lashing Carolinas

The Buzz | Tropical bands from Florence begin lashing Carolinas

Hurricane Florence is at the doorstep of North and SC, and she's not going away anytime soon. On the inland side facing the river, Cramer says rising waters will very likely be "lapping at the first floor of our elevated homes". The core was also about 60 miles (95 kilometers) east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina. Its forward movement increased slightly to 6 miles per hour (9 kph). Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles from its centre, and tropical storm force winds up to 195 miles.

"There is still time to leave", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told "CBS This Morning" on Thursday.

The city of Jacksonville's statement says people have been moved to the city's public safety center as officials work to find a more permanent shelter. The rainfall will produce life-threatening flash flooding in Virginia and the Carolinas.

None of the people rescued were injured.

With a storm surge warning in effect, the authorities urge people to prepare themselves for the disaster.

As of 6 a.m., Florence was centered just 10 miles (20 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina.

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Forecasters are of the view that heavy downpour would cause flooding which could last for days if the hurricane hits with its full potential. The Outer Banks are experiencing wind gusts over 30 miles per hour and rain from the outermost bands has begun to fall in coastal areas of both North and SC.

"It truly is really about the whole size of this storm", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said. So the land can't absorb much more water.

"Surviving this storm will be a test of endurance, teamwork, common sense and patience".

Forecasters anxious the storm's damage will be all the worse if it lingers on the coast. Heavy rains were forecast to extend into the Appalachian Mountains, affecting parts of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia.

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Fishermen and others with small sea vessels are also advised not to venture out into the northern and western seaboards of Luzon. Outside a popular shopping mall, debris was scattered everywhere and government workers cleared roads of fallen trees.

Prisoners were affected, too.

Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms. The National Weather Service said about 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches.

"Tropical storm conditions are expected to spread inland across the remainder of the warning area through Saturday", the NHC said.

Around midday, Spanish moss blew sideways in the trees as the winds increased in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City. Ocean water flowed between homes and on to streets on the Outer Banks; waves crashed against wooden fishing piers.

Coastal towns in the Carolinas were largely empty, and schools and businesses closed as far south as Georgia.

Forecasters said Florence's eye could come ashore early on Friday around the North Carolina-South Carolina border.

As stormy wind and heavy rains have already started hitting several regions along the United States east coast, local authorities are making sure that people from risky areas are evacuated.

Hurricane Florence is now a category 2 hurricane, with winds of close to 110mph (177km/h). In a series of tweets Wednesday morning, Trump said the government "got A Pluses" for storm recovery in Texas and Florida and "did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico".

The hurricane was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico past year.

"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico", Trump said on Twitter.

"We'll operate without power; we have candles".

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