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Hurricane Florence’s ‘life-threatening’ storm surge pours over Outer Banks’ NC 12

Hurricane Florence’s ‘life-threatening’ storm surge pours over Outer Banks’ NC 12”

Hurricane Florence is making landfall in North Carolina, creeping ashore at 6 miles per hour - but bringing winds of 90 miles per hour, a massive storm surge, and a rain system that will soak much of the state and SC for days.

"On the forecast track, the center of Florence is expected to move inland across extreme southeastern North Carolina and extreme eastern South Carolina Friday and Saturday", the NHC said.

Hurricane-force winds, which stretch up to 80 miles from the storm's center, will be felt in North and SC by Thursday night. The Outer Banks are experiencing wind gusts over 30 miles per hour and rain from the outermost bands has begun to fall in coastal areas of both North and SC.

Florence is expected to go move slowly as it approaches North and SC, whipping hurricane-force winds and dumping relentless rain at least through Saturday.

What also makes Florence extremely risky are the deadly storm surges, mammoth coastal flooding and historic rainfall expected far inland.

In all, an estimated 10 million people live in areas expected to be placed under a hurricane or storm advisory, according to the U.S. Weather Prediction Center.

"It's going to be bad", said Mr Woody White, a county commissioner. Currently, the hurricane is centered around 31.5°N and 73.2°W about 500 km from the coast, moving in a northwest direction.

North Carolina has had this problem before. Isolated tornadoes could also occur along North Carolina's coast on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

Schools and businesses closed as far south as Georgia, airlines canceled about 1,200 flights and counting, and coastal towns in the Carolinas were largely emptied out. "It was located farther north in the Atlantic than any other storm to ever hit the Carolinas, so what we're forecasting is unprecedented", Moss said.

Boeing evacuated several new 787-10 Dreamliner jets from its factory in North Charleston, South Carolina, to protect them from the storm.

It's unclear exactly how many people fled, but more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.

"This is no ordinary storm, and people could be without power for a very long time - not days but weeks", a president of one energy company in North Carolina said on Wednesday.

Where is Hurricane Florence now?

More than 1 million people have been ordered to evacuate and authorities urged them to get going before the streets become inundated.

Forecasters are anxious the storm's damage will be all the worse if it lingers on the coast. Unsure of what they might find when they return home, the couple went shopping for a recreational vehicle. She said a hurricane has a way of bringing everyone to the same level. "I've got four cats inside the house". The actual landfall - when the center of the eye reaches land - will be Friday afternoon at the earliest, said Neil Jacobs of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

At least 280,000 people are already without power as the outskirts of the storm lashed North and SC, and Virginia. It's expected to bring tropical storm conditions and up to 5 inches of rain across the Windward Islands, Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico.



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