Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Hurricane Florence pounds the Carolinas

Hurricane Florence pounds the Carolinas

Hurricane Florence has hit the U.S. coast leaving streets inundated with ocean water and tens of thousands of homes without power.

Rainfall totals exceeding 16 inches thus far have been reported at several locations across southeastern North Carolina.

On the mainland in New Bern, next to the Neuse River, authorities said more than 100 people had to be saved from floods and that the downtown area was underwater. By midnight, Amy Johnson in Belhaven, North Carolina, on the Pungo River posted a video of raging floodwaters that had inundated the first floor of her home.

The National Hurricane Center says Florence is about to make landfall in North Carolina bringing with it life-threatening storm surges and hurricane force winds.

As of 6 a.m., Florence was 10 miles east of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Most ominously, forecasters said the terrifying onslaught would last for hours and hours, because Florence was barely creeping along and still drawing energy from the ocean.

Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles.

More than 60 people had to be rescued in another town as a cinderblock motel collapsed at the height of the storm's fury.

Hurricane Florence from space
President Donald Trump has declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, which frees up the way for federal aid. Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it is unclear how many did.


Morehead City, North Carolina, had received 23 inches (58 centimeters) of rain by Friday night, and forecasters warned Saturday morning that parts of the Carolinas could get up to 15 inches (38 centimeters) more.

Officials found a basketball-sized hole in the hotel wall and other life-threatening damage, with some cinder blocks crumbling and parts of the roof collapsing. "So a lot of people we were rescuing from the tops of their vehicles". Forecasters said the torrents could continue for days, touching off disastrous flooding.

About 1.7 million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders and millions of others live in areas likely to be affected by the storm.

WXII-TV reports the city of New Bern said Friday that two out-of-state FEMA teams were working on swift-water rescues and more teams were on the way.

According to New Bern spokeswoman Colleen Roberts, citizen volunteers with their own boats had offered to help the city coordinate rescues.

This will be a long duration event of flooding rain, storm surge and very strong winds over a widespread area.

The city warns that people "may need to move up to the second story" but tells them to stay put as "we are coming to get you".

For the latest on Hurricane Florence, visit the FOX 46 Resource Center.

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Some regions are expected to receive more than 20 inches of rain from the hurricane and its giant knot of storm clouds. At 11 a.m., the center of the system was about 190 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica.


New Bern, home to approximately 30,000 people, sits about 37 miles northeast of Jacksonville, North Carolina, on the banks of the Neuse River.

Florence's center may linger for another whole day along coastal North and SC - punishing homes with crushing winds and floods and endangering those who've stayed behind. "We're a little anxious about the storm surge so we came down to see what the river is doing now", Smith said.

The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Florence has finally made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

Location of Florence: By 7:35 a.m. Friday, the hurricane was about 5 miles (55 km) east of Wilmington and was crawling at 6 mph (9 kmh).

"It's an uninvited brute who doesn't want to leave", said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.

A buoy off the North Carolina coast recorded waves almost nine metres high as Florence churned toward shore.

Super Typhoon Mangkhut tore through the northern tip of the Philippines on Saturday packing winds of more than 200 km per hour (124 mph) along with torrential rain, killing three people and causing floods, landslides and power outages.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) downgraded it to a tropical storm on Friday, but warned it would dump as much as 30 to 40 inches (76-102 cm) of rain on the southeastern coast of North Carolina and part of northeastern SC.

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