Hurricane Florence rolls ashore in Carolinas, tears buildings apart

Hurricane Florence rolls ashore in Carolinas, tears buildings apart”

"[It's] very eerie, the wind howling, the rain blowing sideways, debris flying", Orsa, who lives nearby and fears splintering trees will pummel her house, told The Associated Press. "This is not going to be fixed in a week or two weeks".

The National Hurricane Center said as much as 40in (102cm) was expected on the southeastern coast of North Carolina and part of northeastern SC. But its progress had slowed to a crawl of 2 miles per hour.

The elevation will serve as a forcing mechanism for the abundant low level moisture being dragged in by Florence, essentially creating an ideal environment for torrential rain and the possibility of mudslides, especially Sunday into Monday.

Water rescues were continuing on Saturday.

"We can't just snap our fingers on this one", he said. But there are still untold numbers of people who are still in their homes - and they may need help soon. "But every neighborhood seems to have been affected".

Fisher said the hospital has about 1,800 employees, including medical and support staff, stationed at the hospital during the storm. "Work will begin when conditions safely allow", the company said on its website on Saturday.

"It's an emergency situation".

We will update this story with information on water quality, tornadoes and rescues as the storm progresses.

Even though Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm, it already has proven deadly with its almost nonstop rain, surging seawater and howling winds. Other counties reporting road closures were Beaufort and Pitt.

Cooper said nearly all the buildings in town, including homes and businesses, are going to be fine.

There had been three confirmed deaths from the storm and several others were being investigated to determine if they were storm-related, he said.

The flooding soon spread into SC.

West-central Virginia into far eastern West Virginia is predicted to receive 3 to 6 inches, with isolated totals of 8 inches. It said there will be "flooding miles and miles inland".

Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles.

Members of the North Carolina National Guard finish stacking sand bags under a highway overpass near the Lumber River which is expected to flood from Hurricane Florence's rain in Lumberton, North Carolina, on September 14, 2018.

The centre of the hurricane's eye came ashore at about 7:15am (local time) near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina, with sustained winds of 150kph, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said.

Two fins were spotted in the high water in Wilmington.

The mayor said the pier made it through the storm on Thursday but did not survive the rough surf on Friday. While unofficial, it would shatter the old record of 24 inches - set near Wilmington during Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

Although the storm is passing north of Myrtle Beach, the concern now is that river water from North Carolina will flow into the area and combine with all the water that is already there. It had crested parts of the downtown river walk by the evening hours.

North Carolina utilities have estimated that as many as 2.5 million state residents could be left without power, the state's Department of Public Safety said.

A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington.

This main threat - flooding - is coming into focus.

USA correspondent Cordelia Lynch, who is in New Bern, said: "This community in the weeks and months to come is up against a great deal of flooding". As the storm moves into hilly terrain, it's also expected to unleash catastrophic and potentially deadly flash flooding and possibly mud slides, the hurricane center warned.

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