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Hurricane Florence: Latest NOAA Updates from NHC (Sept. 13)

039;We're on the wrong side of this thing,' North Carolina governor warns as destructive hurricane bears down Watch Hurricane Florence on live cameras as it lashes the Carolinas coast | The Herald Sun
Frank Williams | 16 September, 2018, 05:36

The latest rainfall projections warn of 20-40 inches of rain from coastal North Carolina into northeastern SC - amounts that could bring "catastrophic flash flooding", the hurricane center said.

Roy Cooper warned residents to not let their guard down ahead of Hurricane Florence's landfall later this week. Florence has weakened a bit over 24 hours, but it's also grown even larger - and it will likely dump torrential rain over North and SC through Monday. "I am frightened about what's coming". "We've just never seen anything like this".

The remainder of SC and North Carolina into southwest Virginia could see 6 to 12 inches, with some isolated areas seeing 15 inches.

Olivia is the first tropical cyclone to make landfall on Maui in modern history, National Weather Service forecasters said.

People in areas vulnerable to the risky hurricane, particularly those in coastal regions, have fled ahead of the storm. More than 1 million people had been ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia and thousands moved to emergency shelters, officials said.

Roads and intersections on North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands were already inundated with water.

Hurricane Florence is predicted to bring "catastrophic flash flooding" to parts of North and SC, along with strong winds and a massive storm surge.

As of 11 a.m., Florence was located at 33.4 N, 75.5 W, about 145 miles (230 km) ESE of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 195 miles (315 km) east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Helene was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm Thursday.

"The Governor of Carolina expressed what many people have, which is hope for the best and prepare for the worst".

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Hurricane Florence is predicted to creep across the coast from North Carolina to SC after making landfall late Thursday or early Friday.

Preceded first by the storm surge and the winds, heavy rains were picking up as of late Thursday afternoon, the beginning of an onslaught that for some areas may not relent for days.

"The people of North Carolina need to understand that Matthew was a Category 1 hurricane when it made landfall in the Carolinas, and it caused hundreds of millions in damage and loss of life", the North Carolina Republican told "Hurricane Floyd similar, a Category 2 storm".

Its surge of ocean water could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 4m, and days of downpours could dump more than 1m of rain, touching off severe flooding.

"Even the rescuers can not stay there", he said. It had long lines on Thursday.

"When it comes to this kind of storms, I ain't gonna lie", she said.

Despite all the warnings from numerous authorities, some residents say are planning to ride out the storm.

"The anxiety level has dropped substantially", Epperson said.

"While the peak winds have fallen, they are still strong enough to be destructive to houses and trees, and the water-related threats (storm surge and rain) remain a very big concern", he wrote in a blog post Thursday.

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