North Carolina coast feels Florence’s first blast of wind, rain

Don't play games with it, says Trump as Hurricane Florence heads for US East Coast

Hurricane Florence, now a Category 2 storm, is slowly approaching the US coast, and the storm's massive fury is on full display in video footage taken from the International Space Station. The forward speed of Florence has dropped from 17 miles per hour on Wednesday to 12 miles per hour on Thursday.

President Donald Trump both touted the government's readiness and urged people to get out of the way.

Winds of up to 110km/h are also expected for several days as the weather system slowly grinds over.

In addition to the coastal flood warning, a tropical storm warning is in effect for Hampton Roads from Poquoson to the Virginia-North Carolina border because of Hurricane Florence.

Trinidadians living overseas are vigorously preparing themselves for the hurricane. The family is hoping for the best, given the potential threats the hurricane poses to lives and properties. As of 10:30 p.m. ET, more than 140,000customers along the coast were without power, according to outage maps from Duke Energy and the N.C. The winds may be down a bit, but the one-two intense punches that we are expecting are still there.

"We already bought candles, batteries, can food items, water and so on". "Because I don't know that we can go in and get you".

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

The center of Florence will approach the coasts of North and SC later on Thursday, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and eastern SC in the hurricane warning area on Thursday night and Friday, the NHC added.


The impact of Florence will be widespread, with destructive winds, life-threatening storm surge, unsafe surf, torrential rainfall, flooding and the potential for tornadoes. That would actually be Florence's storm surge, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said.

The storm was about 170 miles (275 km) east of Wilmington, North Carolina. As it moves over land, the storm will slow down and begin to lose power.

An estimated 10 million people live in the storm's path, according to the U.S. Weather Prediction Center, and coastal businesses and homes were boarded up in anticipation. The rainfall will produce life-threatening flash flooding in Virginia and the Carolinas.

The centre urges people within the affected areas to take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other risky conditions.

Students who are affected by Hurricane Florence, including those at Northeastern's campuses in Boston, Charlotte, Seattle, Toronto, and Silicon Valley, are encouraged to use Northeastern's We Care program, which provides support to students during challenging times.

Areas that will be particularly susceptible to tropical storm conditions will be our far southeastern zones.

As of 10am Thursday (local time), Florence's top winds were 177km/h, and it was marching northwest at16km/h, about 257km east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and 329km east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

"This large-scale feature is expected to keep the hurricane moving northwestward today, followed by a turn toward the west at a much slower speed on Friday as the ridge to the north of Florence weakens due to a weak shortwave trough dropping slowly southward from the Ohio Valley", said the NHC in its 11 a.m. forecast discussion.

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