“I’m Not Going To Lie, I’m Scared”: 300,000 Lose Power As Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall In Carolinas; 10-Foot Storm Surge Recorded

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North Carolina’s Outer Banks were getting absolutely pummeled by wind and rain Friday morning as Hurricane Florence neared the coast, with the eye-wall of the storm (believed to be the area where the wind and rain are most severe) roughly 25 miles away from making landfall, according to the NHC. The storm is expected to make landfall somewhere between Wilmington, NC and Cape Lookout. The storm has been downgraded to Category One as wind speeds slowed slightly, but meteorologists now expect the storm to slow down as it reaches the coast, allowing it even more time to cause severe flooding and wind damage.

Here’s a quick rundown of storm stats courtesy of Bloomberg:

Max. sustained winds steady at 90mph
Florence moving at 6mph; tropical storm force winds still extend outwards by 195 miles
Observation site at Cape Lookout, N.C., reported sustained wind of 72mph and a gust of 90mph
Storm surge still forecast to reach as much as 11 feet in parts of North Carolina; isolated totals of 30-40 inches of rain expected in parts of coastal North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina

Hurricane #Florence 4 am EDT Update. Eyewall of Hurricane Florence is beginning to reach the North Carolina coast. pic.twitter.com/mg3ntPPhIQ

— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 14, 2018

Expectations for a devastating storm surge have been lowered slightly to between 4 and 6 feet along the coast. But heavy rainfall persisted, with an expected 40 inches possibly causing extreme flooding along the coast and further inland. Already, more than 280,000 homes and businesses in the state have lost power. Most of the outages are along the coastline in Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Pamlico, Pender and Onslow counties, per ABC 11.

Here is the 1 AM EDT position update for Hurricane #Florence and a recent radar image of the hurricane from @NWS radar. pic.twitter.com/UyM41hRYkG

— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 14, 2018

Despite warnings that FEMA wouldn’t risk the lives of first responders to rescue coastal residents who have ignored the governor’s mandatory evacuation order, many residents have stayed behind. According to one recent count, roughly 150 people were awaiting rescue. Meanwhile, major structural damage has been reported to homes and businesses in Onslow County, while a 10 foot storm surge was reported in Morehead City. As of 5 am Friday, 200 had already been rescued. More than 1,300 flights along the East …read more

Source:: Zerohedge.com

      

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