Local woman stays in North Carolina despite arrival of Hurricane Florence

Beside inundating the coast with wind-driven storm, Florence could dump 20 to 30 inches (51-76 cm) of rain, with up to 40 inches in parts of North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center predicts.

Hurricane Florence is nearing the southeast USA coast, and the National Hurricane Center is providing frequent updates about the storm's movements.

North Carolina's Republican-controlled legislature enacted House Bill 819 (pdf)-which became law without any action by then-Gov. Emerald Isle is about 84 miles (135 kilometers) north of Wilmington.

Farther up the coast, in New Bern, about 150 people waited to be rescued from flooding on the Neuse River, WXII-TV reported.

Her friend Kate is refusing to evacuate as well because of "the idea of having to leave with my two cats and go somewhere for a week or more".

The main concerns for us from Florence will be moderately heavy rainfall, which will cause flooded roadways, strong gusty winds, coastal flooding, moderate potential for downed trees and widespread power outages, and unsafe travel conditions.

On Thursday evening, Florence's forward movement was just 5mph. Forecasters said catastrophic freshwater flooding is expected well inland over the next few days as Florence crawls across the Carolinas. "Surviving this storm will be a test of endurance, teamwork, common sense and patience".

Prisoners were affected, too. Duke anticipates 1 million to 3 million of their 4 million customers in the Carolinas will lose power from Florence.

Airlines have cancelled more than 1,500 flights, and coastal towns across the Carolinas are largely empty after 1.7 million people in three states were told to clear out. "A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations hard or unsafe".

About midday on Thursday (local time), Spanish moss blew sideways in the trees as the winds increased in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City. Ocean water flowed between homes and on to streets on the Outer Banks; waves crashed against wooden fishing piers.

IPhone XS vs Samsung Galaxy S9: How the features compare
Ice Universe had also asserted that the upcoming Galaxy phone won't be called the Galaxy S10 or the long-rumoured Galaxy F . Cameras are a significant part of smartphones these days and brands are trying up the game with each release.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.

The storm's first casualties included a mother and her baby, who died when a tree fell on their brick house in Wilmington, North Carolina. Its forward movement increased slightly to 6 miles per hour (9 kph).

Most people are trying to leave North Carolina as Hurricane Florence starts to move in, but Heather Foster, of Litchfield, went visit her daughter, Jazzmyne Constable, who lives in Wilmington.

Forecasters said conditions will deteriorate as the storm pushes ashore early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and makes its way slowly inland.

Florence was seen as a major test for FEMA, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared a year ago for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where the storm was blamed for almost 3,000 deaths in the desperate months that followed. For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at hurricanes.gov.

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 a year ago.

Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, the company said.

With winds picking up along the coastline early 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. "The infrastructure is going to break, the power is going to go out".

"This is our only home".

"But once we get to that nine foot range this is an absolute life threatening scenario", she said. "We chose to hunker down". "We have a safe basement and generator that comes on automatically".

Related News:



Most liked

Trump says United States under 'no pressure' for China trade deal
Friday's news reports that Mr Trump has ordered the U.S. to proceed with further tariffs quoted administration sources. Kyle Bruns packs a live lobster for shipment to Hong Kong at The Lobster Company in Arundel, Maine, on Tuesday.

Assassin's Creed: Odyssey comes to Nintendo Switch in Japan, with a catch
Something to look forward to: Ubisoft announced the post-launch content coming down the pipe for Assassin's Creed Odyssey . This confirmed that Assassin's Creed: Odyssey is indeed launching on Switch simultaneously with the other versions.

Hurricane Florence: 150,000 lose power as storm pummels Carolinas
Thousands have heeded evacuation orders; others are hoping to cope with the storm in their homes or at local shelters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) says storm surges could bring catastrophic flooding to inland areas.

1 dead, 10 injured in MA house fires after gas line issue
A series of gas explosions has ignited fires in dozens of homes in MA - killing one person and injuring at least 12 others. Hundreds of residents have been told to evacuate their homes and there is a strong smell of gas in their air.

Newcastle United v Arsenal
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has responded to media suggestions of a rift between himself and playmaker Mesut Ozil . Arsenal head to the game following a 3-2 victory against Cardiff City in their last EPL fixture.

Hurricane Helene will be hitting Ireland next week and ah, Jaysis
Hurricane Olivia is heading towards Hawaii as Tropical Storm Paul is approaching the west coast of Mexico. As of Wednesday afternoon, Helene had maximum sustained winds near 90 miles per hour .

Meghan Markle freezing out friends she feels she can't 'trust'
Taking to Twitter, Samantha wrote: "I am not candy coating anything anymore!" "What are the odds", says another. Petrillo believes the woman was definitely the Duchess of Sussex , saying she couldn't have been sweeter.

SpaceX: Announcement coming Monday about private passengers flying on BFR to Moon
SpaceX said late Thursday it had signed the world's first private passenger to fly around the Moon. On Twitter , a user asked SpaceX CEO Elon Musk if he was the person in question.

Manafort Agrees to Plead Guilty to Avoid New Washington Trial
On Twitter on August 22, Trump wrote: "Unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to "break" - make up stories in order to get a 'deal". Trump has not said whether he would pardon Manafort, but the president has not publicly ruled it out.

Missy Elliott and her ‘funky white sister’ collaborate for ‘Ellen’ performance
She entered a karaoke contest that year and chose to try her hand at the infectious song. This might just be the most pure video on the internet.

Bezos: Amazon HQ2 decision will be made by end of the year
Bezos owns the Washington Post , which, along with Amazon have been targets of Trump criticisms. Jeff Bezos, Chairman and CEO of Amazon, speaks at the George W.

Mark Carney will lead Bank of England through Brexit
Nigel Farage wasn't happy with the announcement that the Governor of the Bank of England is staying on until 2020. The extension isn't the first of Carney's tenure at Threadneedle Street.

Tiger shoots 65 in Monday finish at BMW Championship
But bogeys on the 10th and 14th holes derailed his hopes and he ran out of holes, playing the back nine in 34. Billy Horschel and Xander Schauffele were tied one shot back and Rory McIlroy finished in fifth at 18-under.

State of the Union 2018: The Hour of European Sovereignty
But there is no applause when EU law dictates that Europeans have to change the clocks twice a year. We continue to be very concerned by the developments in some of our Member States.

Hungary's Orban denounces 'blackmail' over European Union censure move
Orban might have lost some key allies as EPP lawmakers said their caucus meeting showed many would vote in favor of Article 7. The group of leftists and greens in the assembly said "Orban's authoritarian moves must be curbed".