Hurricane Florence drenches North Carolina

Hurricane Florence drenches North Carolina

Tens of thousands were without power. Heavy rainfall began after dark.

At 11 a.m., the center of Tropical Storm Isaac was located by NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft data and surface observations 50 miles southwest of Dominica.

Hurricane Florence made landfall on the US East Coast on Friday, knocking out power to almost half a million homes and causing buildings to crumble.

Roy Cooper, the Governor of North Carolina, said surviving the storm would be a test of "endurance, teamwork, common sense and patience". "Today the threat becomes a reality", he said.

More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm approached, and more than 12,000 were in shelters.

Officials are anxious that the downpours caused by the hurricane could result in heavy flooding, like that seen after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas in 2017.

"It truly is really about the whole size of this storm", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said.

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

US President Donald Trump has authorised emergency measures to free up federal funds to help those responding to the storm.

States up and down the East Coast have a great potential for severe weather.

With Hurricane Florence churning toward the East Coast, NASA released a stunning video and photos of the storm from space.


Wilmington resident Julie Terrell was plenty concerned after walking to breakfast past a row of shops fortified with boards, sandbags and hurricane shutters. He said all roads leading to his neighbourhood were blocked by fallen trees. "Because it's Mother Nature".

Hurricane Florence's path could affect the homes of more than 5 million people, and more than 1 million of them have been ordered to evacuate.

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

"In a matter of seconds, my house was flooded up to the waist, and now it is to the chest", said Peggy Perry, who was trapped with three relatives in her home in New Bern, CNN reported.

Duke Energy said Florence, a Category 2 storm, could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks.

The hurricane, whose strength has been compared to a direct hit by Mike Tyson, advances with maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometres per hour.

The storm made landfall at around 7:15 a.m. ET near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

Scientists said it is too soon to say what role, if any, global warming played in the storm.

"This will be a storm that creates and causes massive damage to our country". Overall, the storm is 400 miles wide. "I've got four cats inside the house. If I can't get back in a week, after a while they might turn on each other or trash the place".

The police chief of Wrightsville Beach suggested that those who chose to stay give him their next-of-kin contact information.

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