Florence Makes Landfall as Category 1 Hurricane in North Carolina

Florence Makes Landfall as Category 1 Hurricane in North Carolina

Florence Makes Landfall as Category 1 Hurricane in North Carolina

By late Thursday afternoon, Florence's fierce headwinds were already uprooting trees and tearing down power lines and had ripped the roof off of at least one building in coastal North Carolina, according to news station WGHP. "I stayed here. I'd been through so many hurricanes", said Balance, who added that six sheriff's officers came to his house to rescue him Friday morning, but he didn't need to leave since the tides and river were receding. An order that many families, like Scott's, have chose to ignore. Hurricane-force winds extend up to 80 miles from the centre, and tropical storm effects reach 195 miles, The Independent reported.now less than 100 miles from Wilmington, North Carolina, the "meandering" Florence has been described as a "horrific nightmare storm" because meteorologists can not pinpoint where it will strike.

Schools and businesses closed as far south as Georgia, airlines cancelled more than 1,500 flights, and coastal towns in the Carolinas were largely emptied out.

After landfall, the storm is expected to linger over the area for a few days, which would result in rising river levels and lakes.

The National Weather Service shared images of Union Point on the shore at New Bern before and after the storm surge hit.

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 past year.

More than 60 people had to be pulled from a collapsing motel at the height of the storm, and many more who defied evacuation orders held out hope of being rescued. "We just want people to be very careful".

The National Hurricane Center said there was more than 10 feet (3 meters) of inundation in New Bern.

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

"Just because the wind speed came down, the intensity of this storm came down. please do not let your guard down", said Brock Long, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), earlier on Thursday. Duke Energy, a power company in the Carolinas, estimated that one million to three million customers could lose electricity because of the storm and that it could take weeks to restore. Some 3,000 people died in the aftermath of that storm. Hurricane Florence is forecast to make landfall tomorrow.

Hours earlier, streets along the coast had been transformed into raging streams, and massive waves surged along the Outer Banks. "Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles (315 km)".

Florence's weakening as it neared the coast created tension between some who left home and authorities who anxious that the storm could still be deadly. He made a plan B: if the water reached the house, he'd take the pets upstairs to the second floor. "If I can't get back in a week, after a while they might turn on each other or trash the place".

"I have no generator", said Petra Langston, a nurse.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", New Bern city officials said on Twitter.

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