Hurricane Florence: Four reasons to fear this storm

Hurricane Florence: Four reasons to fear this storm

MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA-Time is running short to get out of the way of Hurricane "Florence," a monster of a storm that has a region of more than 10 million people in its potentially devastating sights as it zeroes in on the United States southeast coast.

The National Hurricane Center said in its 11 p.m. Thursday update that Florence had weakened to a Category 1 storm.

But the hurricane's sheer size meant it could batter the US East Coast with hurricane-force winds for almost a full day, according to weather forecasters.

Emergency Management services in North Carolina are reporting that 497,255 customers are without power in North Carolina as Hurricane Florence makes landfall.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned residents not to "underestimate" the storm.

Rain bands are already affecting the eastern part of North Carolina and SC, with rain increasing and waves growing. Federal emergency management officials warned that Florence - while weakening slightly - remains a "very risky storm" capable of wreaking havoc along a wide swathe of the coast.

"Now we just have to figure out how to get hot coffee", said Mary Holland, standing on the porch of her home that was built in 1889. "We've prepared all our supplies at home and frankly, we were bored".

"The water kept rising and kept rising", he said.

In a new demonstration of the network's CGI capabilities, hosts have presented from the centre of a digital storm surge to demonstrate the hurricane's damaging potential. "I am frightened about what's coming". Aldrich and his wife, who are in MA, just spoke with an older couple who didn't want to evacuate their home on the Outer Banks.

Florence diminished from hurricane strength as it came ashore on Friday, but the large storm's slow progress across the two states could leave much of the region under water in the coming days, according to forecasters. "With the storm expected to linger, power restoration work could take weeks instead of days".

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Winds were already picking up along the coastline early Thursday and some minor flooding was reported on the Outer Banks, barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina, and in some seaside coastal towns.

But the storm still carried "very risky winds", the Center added. Overall, the storm is 400 miles wide.

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 what officials called a "once in a lifetime" storm.

At least 88 people died as a result of the storm, many of whom drowned in the floodwaters, the Department of State Health Services announced a year ago.

Hurricane Florence brought a storm surge of some 3 meters (10 feet) as it began battering the U.S. east coast early on Friday.

NHC Director Ken Graham said on Facebook the storm surges could push in as far as 2 miles (3 km). Heavy rains were forecast to extend into the Appalachian Mountains, affecting parts of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia.

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland have declared states of emergency.

Waves slam the Oceana Pier & Pier House Restaurant in Atlantic Beach, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 as Hurricane Florence approaches the area.

Safety consultant Dennis Parnell, of Hampstead, North Carolina, plans to ride out the storm with his wife Cheri.

Instead they drove 150 miles inland to his mum's house in Durham.

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