Putting the enormity of Hurricane Florence into perspective
14 September, 2018, 12:55 | Author: Kelly Sanders
A siege of hurricane-force winds, heavy rain, flooding and storm surge is hammering the Carolina coast as Florence is expected to soon make landfall in North Carolina, causing a life-threatening storm surge.
The News & Observer reports that the storm's path shifted early Wednesday and it is now bearing down on southern North Carolina and northern SC, where it could dump up to 40 inches of rain in places.
The company said as many as three-fourths of its 4 million customers in North Carolina and SC could lose power. Waves off the shore of North Carolina have already gotten as high as 13 feet, he saYS.
Florence's top winds were clocked on Thursday evening at 90 miles per hour (150 km/h) as it churned in the Atlantic Ocean, down from a peak of 140 miles per hour (224 km/h) earlier this week when it was classified a Category 4 storm.
"This rainfall will produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", the hurricane center said.
The mayor of Carolina Beach, North Carolina, said authorities have stopped allowing traffic to the island via the only bridge between the island and the mainland.
Georgia, North and South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland have declared a state of emergency as forecasts showed Florence dumping historic amounts of rain on the area.
"Sometimes these systems, they expand", she said.
Tens of thousands are without power in North Carolina.
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