Wrightsville Beach 12 brace for Florence to fully make landfall

17 September, 2018, 03:18 | Author: Marie Harrington
  • Doug Lewis and Chris Williams use plywood with the words'Looters will be shot to cover the windows of Knuckleheads bar as they try to protect the business ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence

On Wednesday, Florence was downgraded twice from its peak as a Category 4 storm which causes "catastrophic damage". It is now at Category 1.

Waves from Hurricane Florence pound the Bogue Inlet Pier in Emerald Isle, N.C., September 13, 2018.

A surge is also likely along portions of the SC coast.

With a storm surge warning in effect, the authorities urged people to prepare themselves for the disaster.

Despite pleas from officials, some residents rejected calls to evacuate.

Thousands of people were without power in North Carolina on Thursday as the outer bands of Hurricane Florence fell on the area, utilities in the state said.

The catastrophe modeling firm said 250,000 homes in North Carolina alone are projected to be affected by the storm. Municipal power agencies, including New Bern and Southport, have not reported any outages yet.

Winds and rain were arriving later in SC, and a few people were still walking on the sand at Myrtle Beach while North Carolina was getting pounded.

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons, enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches (25 centimeters).

"The only reason we're still here is because we have a 7-month-old baby with us", she said. "But we can't replace us so we made a decision to come here".

The storm's center was about 108 miles (173 km) east of Wilmington, North Carolina, at 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT) but already some 19,000 homes and businesses were without power by mid-afternoon in the Carolinas and Virginia.

Forecasters said conditions would only get more lethal when the storm smashed ashore early on Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and crawled slowly inland.

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Florence has been bearing down on the Carolinas for days, and it has expanded in size, with tropical-storm-force winds extending almost 200 miles from the storm's eye. As of Friday morning, Atlantic Beach, a town on the state's Outer Banks barrier islands, already had received 30 inches (76 cm) of rain, the U.S. Geological Service said.

Forecasters are predicting the massive storm's relentless rains have the potential to produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding while also contributing to the potential for landslides across the mountains.

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.

"We have lots of water, we've got lots of food, lots of canned food, non-perishable food", she said.

Myrtle Beach, a SC beach resort, was virtually deserted with empty streets, boarded up storefronts and very little traffic.

So far, a state of emergency has been declared in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland and Washington DC.

Utility companies are predicting power outages that could reach between one-to-three million across both North and SC for days and possibly weeks.

After appearing headed toward the North Carolina-Virginia border at one point, Florence shifted south and is now taking aim at the Carolinas.

"I'm not leaving my child", Foster said.

"On a scale of one to 10, I'm probably a seven in terms of worry, she said".

Perched on the porch of his home, carpenter Tony Albright was calmly awaiting Florence's arrival, beer in hand.

"I built this house myself, so I'm not anxious at all, I know it's solid", he said. "The only thing missing in there is a hot lady".

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