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Hundreds rescued in North Carolina city as waters rose

Hundreds rescued in North Carolina city as waters rose”

"We're estimating we've rescued 150-200", New Bern Police Lt. David Daniels said early Friday morning, who estimates an additional 150-200 are waiting to be rescued. The system is expected to bring its gusty winds, which extend some 140 miles from its center, and heavy rains to the Azores, according to the National Hurricane Center.

According to a report from the J.P. Morgan Chase Institute, extreme weather events like the one now battering the Carolinas and Virginia can have far-reaching effects on consumers' wallets, impacting their spending for months after the storm has cleared.

Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and the rain and storm surge will make Florence extremely risky.

Five county swift-board teams as well as the "Cajun Navy" from Louisaiana are attempting to rescue everyone they can.

Parker says water levels in some areas of Craven County are already higher than Hurricane Irene. She adds: "You have wind, high water, rushing water, downed trees and downed power lines - not to mention it's dark out".

Numerous communities throughout the region have issued either mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders. And this is just the beginning. The hurricane center described the storm surge as "life-threatening". We probably will be getting heavy winds and rain for the next few days.

There's no doubt that Hurricane Florence is going to have a devastating effect on the east coast of the US.

"Storm surge values continue to rise in areas of onshore flow on the North Carolina coast and over inland waterways".

As many as 1.5 million people are under mandatory evacuation orders as a result of the Category 1 storm's approach, with officials in North and SC preparing for heavy winds and widespread flooding.

Its surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 3.4 metres of ocean water, and days of downpours could unload more than 900mm of rain, triggering severe flooding. But authorities warn Florence has an enormous wind field as it zeroes in on the Southeast U.S. coast, raising the risk of the ocean surging on to land and making Florence extremely unsafe.

It had sustained winds of 90 miles per hour and was moving in a northwest direction. "I've lived here all my life".

The Verge says the Weather Channel has partnered with augmented reality company The Future Group to create the videos, which use the Unreal Engine, a video game development platform seen in many popular games today.

The impact of the storm is already being felt by those caught in its path.

As the storm slowly churned toward the shore, people who chose not to evacuate got caught in the floodwaters.

So, what can we tell for certain about what the National Weather Service has called the "storm of a lifetime"? "This could be enough to knock you off your feet", says Navarro.

Jacksonville Public Safety spokesperson Beth Purcell tells TIME that flood waters have not yet reached Jacksonville, but that conditions are "very poor".

Duke Energy Corp, the biggest utility in the area with over 4 million customers, estimated the storm could cause between 1 million to 3 million outages.



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