Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

2 p.m. update: Florence within 110 miles of Wilmington

2 p.m. update: Florence within 110 miles of Wilmington

As of Thursday morning, forecast models showed the storm bringing more rain than originally thought - officials now predict 35 inches of rain will fall in a two-day period as Florence, now a Category 2 storm with 110 miles per hour sustained winds, will stall over Wilmington after making landfall early Friday morning.

United States officials are warning Hurricane Florence could kill "a lot of people" with risks of "catastrophic" flooding as the storm begins to lash the country's East Coast.

Tens of thousands of homes are already without power and sea water is washing through coastal streets. And although the storm's wind speeds have decreased slightly, says NOAA, the size of the wind field has increased, putting more people at risk.

Georgia joined North and South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland in issuing an emergency declaration as forecasts showed Florence dumping historic amounts of rain - potentially 37 trillion litres - on the southern states. Usually when a storm approaches the coast, forecasters can tell with ever-increasing accuracy who will get walloped.

Spanish moss waved in the trees as the winds picked up in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City.

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Early on Friday, the downtown area of the city of New Bern, on the Trent and Neuse rivers near the North Carolina coast, was underwater as emergency crews conducted several rescues, according to reports on social media.

More than 1,200 USA airline flights scheduled for Thursday and Friday have been canceled, according to the flight-tracking service FlightAware.

"Do you want to get hit with a train or do you want to get hit with a cement truck?" said Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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"On a scale of 1 to 10, I'm probably a 7" in terms of worry, she said. "The anxiety level has dropped substantially", Epperson said. We will have tropical storm force winds and rain and storm surge continues to be our main concern with extreme flooding.

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Some residents enjoyed a few final hours of normalcy by ambling along the city's riverwalk with dogs and children. The four storms in the Atlantic come as another one in the Pacific is hitting Hawaii.

Duke Energy said the hurricane could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks.

"If you find yourself here [in rising floodwaters], you need to get out", she said.

Storm surge is deadly. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said.

The location was determined based on the track of Hurricane Florence and lodging availability, along with lessons learned from recent past difficulties returning home to an area impacted by widespread flooding.

"We're just trying to plan for the future here, not having a house for an extended period of time", David Garrigus said.

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At that point the storm was centred about 1,170 miles (1,880 km) east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, the NHC said . Wind gusts topping 100 miles per hour are likely near and just north of where Florence approaches the coast.

At time of writing, Hurricane Florence is inching towards the coastline, and the combination of intense rainfall and gnarly swell threaten to engulf low-lying land in the region.

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