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Everything you need to know about Hurricane Florence
14 September 2018, 03:01 | Edward Lowe
The Category 1 storm has maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour and is moving slowly, at 6 miles per hour.
Jamie Thompson walks through flooded sections of East Front Street near Union Point Park in New Bern, N.C. Forecasters said conditions will deteriorate throughout Friday.
Forecasters say "it can not be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard associated with slow-moving Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will be spreading inland". "Surge-related flooding can vary greatly over short distances", the advisory said.
"This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", the Hurricane Center said.
"A slow westward to west-southwestward motion is expected Friday night and Saturday".
Florence's center will be moving inland very soon, said the National Hurricane Center in its 5 a.m. update, but it's expected to slow down after it reaches the coast Friday. These sustained winds will continue through much of the weekend.
The report said he clashed with Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen over the issue.
"This general motion, accompanied by a gradual decrease in forward speed, is expected through today".
USA carriers were also waiting to see what impact Florence could have on airports near Washington and in northern Virginia.
The Hurricane Center's Dennis Feltgen reiterated that warning, saying 90 percent of hurricane-related deaths are from problems that arise with the massive amounts of water.
The worst of the storm's fury had yet to reach coastal SC, where emergency managers said people could still leave flood-prone areas.
"This is an absolute life-threatening scenario".
The storm's eye was about 145 miles southeast of Wilmington as of 11 a.m., the briefing said. Its maximum sustained winds dropped slightly from 110 miles per hour earlier Thursday to 105 miles per hour, but the storm remains a Category 2 hurricane that is expected to cause widespread catastrophic damage.
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.
Steering currents - around clear-weather high-pressure systems and stormy low-pressure systems - redirect hurricanes, with the clear-weather systems acting as walls that storms have to go around.
Its hurricane-force winds extend up to 130 kilometres (80 miles) from the centre, and its tropical storm-force winds extend up to 315 kilometres (195 miles).
The storm is also predicted to bring historic rainfall of up to 35 inches to the Wilmington region. "And you don't need power to sling booze", said owner Eli Ellsworth.
"It has moved in", said Jordan Baker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington. "We're about to be in the thick of it".
Screaming winds bent trees toward the ground and raindrops flew sideways as Florence's leading edge whipped the coast Thursday to begin an onslaught that could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas.
The storm's intensity diminished as it neared land, with winds dropping to around 144 km/h by nightfall. "It will probably fall faster than it can leave". The vivid presentation - powered by the Unreal Engine, most commonly used in video games - seems likely to serve as a more pressing demonstration of the storm's threat than a mere written warning, and that's vitally important for folks in impacted areas.
"This is a very unsafe storm", said FEMA's Long, urging people still in evacuation zones to heed orders to flee to safer ground.
Ken Graham, NHC director, said on Facebook the storm surges could push in as far as two miles.
"This is an extremely risky and life-threatening situation".
"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico", Trump said on Twitter. He urged people to stay off roads during peak storm conditions and warned against driving through standing floodwater.
Roughly 1 million people are under evacuation orders. On Thursday morning, South 17th Street, usually teeming with commuter traffic by 6:30 a.m., was almost devoid of cars. The highest numbers are being reported in New Hanover County.
Despite days of warnings to evacuate, some residents are staying put - even if they don't want to.
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We will have tropical storm force winds and rain and storm surge continues to be our main concern with extreme flooding. Browning's choice to stay in the hurricane warning zone wasn't easy, she said, but she "could not find anywhere to go".