Florence by the numbers: Strongest wind gust in 60 years hits Wilmington

ISS images show massive Hurricane Florence from 400 km up

Hurricane Florence still poses grave threat despite weaker winds

The outer bands of Hurricane Florence began battering the coast of North and South Carolina Thursday with strong winds and rain.

"Catastrophic freshwater flooding expected over portions of North and SC". And that's just the prelude to untold days of misery. It was still considered risky with potential for strong winds and hazardous flooding. "Catastrophic effects will be felt". Officials say the flood stage for the river is 13 feet, and it is now past 9 feet and rising steadily.

Will Epperson, a 36-year-old golf course assistant superintendent, said he and his wife had planned to ride out the storm at their home in Hampstead, North Carolina, but then reconsidered. Categories only represent the speed of sustained winds, and these are still destructive.

"I don't care if this goes down to a Category 1", CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said on Thursday.

The National Weather Service shared images of Union Point on the shore at New Bern before and after the storm surge hit. That's enough to fill more than 15 million Olympic-size swimming pools. We will have tropical storm force winds and rain and storm surge continues to be our main concern with extreme flooding.

"It's cumulative damage", Myers said. "The ocean is going to start rising". So will the trees. Municipal power agencies are reporting few outages, except New Bern, which had 17,820 customers without power, according to ElectriCities, the organization that supports the local power agencies. Tropical-storm-force winds are between 39 and 73 miles per hour. "Problem solved." That law is now back in the headlines, along with Hurricane Florence, reports the Guardian.

"(It's) very eerie, the wind howling, the rain blowing sideways, debris flying", said Orsa, who lives nearby and fears splintering trees will pummel her house.

The National Weather Center predicts another 20 to 25 inches of rain for the areas surrounding the Carolinas' border, with 30 to 40 inches in some places. In the Philippines, evacuations were under way with Super Typhoon Mangkhut expected to hit on Saturday in an area impacting an estimated 5.2 million people.

"Even the rescuers can not stay there", he said.

Beachgoers watch the surf at North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on September 13, 2018. They also instituted a 24-hour curfew.

It is the storm's movement and not its strength that has forecasters and officials anxious.

Mayor Joe Benson said the storm will batter the oceanside town through two high-tide periods.

Six feet (1.8m) of storm surge could carry large objects like cars underwater and leave lower levels structures submerged in water, according to Dr Postel. "Flooding is nearly guaranteed".

North Carolina is the largest tobacco grower and ranks second among U.S. states in hog inventory and producing broiler chickens. She packed up what she could and took a ferry.

"Against my better judgment, due to emotionalism, I evacuated", said Fisher, 74.

A state of emergency has been declared in five coastal states - North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia. So if you find yourself here, please get out.

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