Hurricane Florence Rocks Wooden Pier in Nags Head

Lauren Greer  APWater floods a parking lot at a condo complex near Kahana Village in Lahaina Hawaii Sept. 12 2018

North Carolina will likely see eight months' worth of rain in two to three days, said National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear in a video briefing. A frankly terrifying reminder, at that.

"Florence is still a unsafe storm", said Rebecca Fuller, a meteorologist with Radiant Solutions in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

It's not all for show, either.

Because a large section of the storm will remain over the water, and it's even possible the center drifts back over the ocean, its weakening will be very slow on Friday.

Oddly, the closer Hurricane Florence gets to land, the murkier its future gets. Here's why this storm threatens not only the coast but millions of people inland.

After days of warnings that this could be a storm like nothing the Southeast has seen before, Hurricane Florence began lashing the coast of the Carolinas on Thursday, bringing up to a foot of rain and winds of over 105 miles per hour.

"Right now we have extreme flooding and storm surge".

Virginia and Georgia are also under states of emergency, but it's North and SC that are positioned to suffer the worst of the storm's wrath. Southeast, is expected to make landfall in the coming hours.

Forecast models suggest the heaviest rain will focus near the coast around the SC and North Carolina border.

Luettich and colleagues at the University of Notre Dame and University of Texas spent 30 years developing ADCRIC, a computer model that gauges storm surge and other impacts of major coastal weather events.

Experts are warning people that the most serious threat posed by Florence might just be the massive amount of water it is expected to leave in its wake, from the storm surge that could exceed 13 feet in some areas to a deluge of rainfall that may hit 40 inches in certain pockets.


The outer bands of Hurricane Florence have reached Wilmington, with weather officials saying the storm will bring unprecedented rain to the region. It's now pummeling the coast of North Carolina with 90mph winds and heavy rain, the CNN reported Friday.

"I'm not going to put our personnel in harm's way, especially for people that we've already told to evacuate", Wrightsville Beach Police Chief Dan House said.

More than 60 people, including many children and pets, were evacuated from a hotel in Jacksonville, North Carolina, after strong winds caused parts of the roof to collapse, local officials said.

A state of emergency has been declared in five coastal states - North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia.

"All across the state of North Carolina and portions of SC, there will be extreme flooding or major flooding at least for a number of days to come".

"We live in a mobile home so we were just like 'No way, '" she said.

Millions of people could lose power across North and SC.

With winds picking up along the coastline earlier Thursday, federal and state officials had issued final appeals to residents to get out of the path of the "once in a lifetime" weather system.

"I built this house myself, so I'm not anxious at all, I know it's solid", he said.

One electricity company fears that three-quarters of its four million customers will lose power as a result of the storm, and may not be reconnected for weeks.

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