Four killed as Hurricane Florence swamps Carolinas

Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm — but the danger’s far from over

The National Hurricane Center downgraded it to a tropical storm on Friday afternoon, but warned it would dump as much as 30 to 40 inches of rain on the southeastern coast of North Carolina and into the northeastern coast of SC in spots.

As Florence churned slowly towards the coasts of North and SC as a Category 2 hurricane, federal and state officials issued final appeals to residents to get out of the path of the "once in a lifetime" weather system.

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. "Catastrophic effects will be felt".

Most city and county offices in coastal SC were closed by Wednesday, with emergency services still in place.

With the brunt of the slow-moving storm yet to come, about 150 people were awaiting rescue in New Bern, a city near the coast, where a gauge on the Neuse River recorded three metres of inundation, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said.

On Thursday, Florence was a Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale with 120-mph winds (193 km).

Atlantic Beach on North Carolina's Outer Banks islands had already received 30 inches (76 cm) of rain, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Myrtle Beach, a SC beach resort, was virtually deserted with empty streets, boarded up storefronts and very little traffic.

Thousands had taken shelter in emergency facilities by Thursday night. "We just want prayers from everyone". "If we lose the house, oh well, we can get housing". The director of athletics at the University of Tennessee has announced that displaced families are welcome to come to its game on Saturday against the University of Texas at El Paso, free of charge.

After reaching a terrifying Category 4 peak of 140 mph (225 kph) earlier in the week, Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles (kilometers) east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line.

Storm surges of 9 to 13 feet and rainfall up to 40 inches: Those are two of the most dire warnings about Hurricane Florence's effect on parts of North and SC.

US Seeks to Impose Cost for Election Meddling
Trump signed the order behind closed doors with no reporters present, a rare departure from what has been his standard practice. President, I understand that, but I'm paid by the citizens of the nation to tell you what we think".

Florence's top winds were clocked on Thursday evening at 90 miles per hour (150 km/h) as it churned in the Atlantic Ocean, down from a peak of 140 miles per hour (224 km/h) earlier this week when it was classified a Category 4 storm.

Meanwhile, as much as 300 millimeters of rain could fall in the rest of the Carolinas and Virginia, with isolated areas seeing closer to 400 millimeters.

"This rainfall will produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", the hurricane center said.

A tornado watch was also in effect for parts of North Carolina. He asked citizens in danger zones to heed warnings because "your time is running out".

Long said the danger was not only along the coast. North Carolina corrections officials said more than 3,000 people were relocated from adult prisons and juvenile centers in the path of Florence, and more than 300 county prisoners were transferred to state facilities.

At least 1 million people were ordered to evacuate along the coast.

SC ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents while North Carolina announced an evacuation of the Outer Banks, a popular tourist destination.

Mayor Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune told CNN traffic out of the SC city has more than quadrupled as residents and visitors evacuate. Georgia, where governor Nathan Deal has now declared an emergency, is also thought to be in the firing line. "And I can not stress enough the importance of adhering to the governor's orders for mandatory evacuation".

"Don't relax. Don't get complacent", said Gov. Roy Cooper.

"Either no (hotel) rooms are available, or we are denied because the breed or size of dogs", she said. "I'm not leaving him here".

Related:

  • Trump insults Woodward book again and says he'll write

    Trump insults Woodward book again and says he'll write "the real book!"

    He said the book was "the product of someone's rich imagination". "This is a war on truth by [Trump]", Woodward claimed . Though the media has breathlessly praised Woodward's new book, there are credibility issues with the journalist at hand.
    New York Democrats decide governor, attorney general races

    New York Democrats decide governor, attorney general races

    The race also got some attention for certain celebrity endorsements, particularly regarding Nicki Minaj and Cardi B . "I just don't believe it", the city council speaker, Corey Johnson, said on Wednesday. "Know me by my enemies".
    Google is Shutting Down Inbox

    Google is Shutting Down Inbox

    But in an overhaul to Gmail this year, Google implemented numerous innovative features that were introduced in Inbox. One Inbox by Gmail feature that still hasn't made its way over to the standard Gmail service is the email bundling.
  • Nearing landfall, huge Hurricane Florence threatens to dump historic rainfall

    Nearing landfall, huge Hurricane Florence threatens to dump historic rainfall

    This is the most risky part of the storm", said NBC News forecaster Al Roker, "Do not pay attention to the category". That same area experienced unsafe flooding after Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
    Is Henry Cavill out as Superman?

    Is Henry Cavill out as Superman?

    The Irishman could face stiff competition for the part though with Michael B Jordan also thought to be in the frame for the role. Any potential casting would be "down the road" however, as Warner Bros .is now focusing their might on a Supergirl film.
    Aaron Rodgers calls his injury a ‘sprained knee’

    Aaron Rodgers calls his injury a ‘sprained knee’

    Instead, he did rehab work on the side and extensive exercises with the medical staff inside the stadium. Knowing coach Mike Zimmer, I'd expect plenty of pressure on Rodgers.
  • After game canceled, Colgate donates meals to those displaced by Hurricane Florence

    After game canceled, Colgate donates meals to those displaced by Hurricane Florence

    Roy Cooper says there are over 12,000 people in 126 shelters as the first effects of Hurricane Florence begin to batter the state. Forecasters said "catastrophic" freshwater flooding was expected along waterways far from the coast of the Carolinas.
    CBS's Jeff Fager: 60 Minutes producer out amid #MeToo claims

    CBS's Jeff Fager: 60 Minutes producer out amid #MeToo claims

    Moonves and Fager were the subjects of a recent investigation by Ronan Farrow of The New Yorker into sexual misconduct at CBS. It was then noted: 'However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level'.
    Sex abuse: Pope to meet Thursday with U.S.  bishops

    Sex abuse: Pope to meet Thursday with U.S. bishops

    Last month, a Pennsylvania grand jury report detailed more than 1,000 children were sexually abused by more than 300 clergy members.
  • Samsung sets new Galaxy device launch for October

    Samsung sets new Galaxy device launch for October

    Of course, we're talking about mid-range Samsung smartphones, which usually don't get confirmed for major Android OS updates. Samsung sent out invitations on Friday (Sep 14) for an Oct 11 event to launch a new mobile device under its Galaxy line.
    Apple Watch Series 4 offers fall detection and emergency alerts

    Apple Watch Series 4 offers fall detection and emergency alerts

    One other perk: The iPhone XR will be available in a variety of colors including black, red, white, blue, coral and yellow. There's also Dual-SIM support but for those outside of China would need to use an e-SIM for the secondary connection.
    Authorities Respond to Numerous Gas Explosions, Fires in Northern Massachusetts

    Authorities Respond to Numerous Gas Explosions, Fires in Northern Massachusetts

    Fire and utility crews were still going door to door on Friday to conduct safety checks and shut off gas meters, officials said. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said he urged Columbia Gas to develop a "comprehensive safety inspection plan".

Comments

Latest news

Kevin De Bruyne's Manchester City release clause revealed as €250m
Some players at the end of the season go down. "But this season, Bernardo Silva was the first one". "The season will be judged in 11 months - not three weeks".

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Step Out in NYC Without Wedding Bands
Just two months after Justin Bieber proposed to his girlfriend, Hailey Baldwin, the two decided to make it official and get married.

20,336 murders recorded in South Africa from 2017 to 2018 - Police minister
Jeppe (42% increase), Moroko (94% increase) and Mariannhill (50% increase) are other stations struggling to keep crime down. He said the political "destabilisation" of the past 10 years and changed police commissioners led to structural weakness.

'Harvey of the East Coast:' Florence's worst impact could be catastrophic flooding
East Coast, according to the National Weather Service, and another 4 million people were under a tropical storm watch. Florence is still a Category 4 hurricane and is expected to regain its top wind strength in the next day or so.

Sarri Concedes Chelsea Not Title Contenders This Season
Only because after the first season the players understood the difficulty of this kind of match. However, Ruben Loftus-Cheek is one player who returned back from the worldwide break injured.

SpaceX to reveal plans, passenger for private moon mission
Instead, Musk claimed that SpaceX had turned its attention to the BFR after deeming it to be a better fit for tourist missions. Falcon Heavy's flight was delayed to February of this year and the Dragon capsule is still under development for passengers.

Changing LoC against Vijay Mallya was an error of judgement, says CBI
The LoC depends on the issuing authority and, unless it asks the BoI to detain a person or to stop him from boarding a plane, no action is taken.

Jeff Bezos launches $2 billion philanthropic fund targeting homelessness, preschool education
In January, Bezos also personally gave $33 million United States in college scholarships for young immigrants living in the USA illegally.

U.S. House Speaker Ryan doesn't dispute Puerto Rico death toll
In a pair of tweets Thursday, Trump accused Democrats of inflating the number to make him look bad. Ryan noted he had been in Puerto Rico after the hurricane hit and said it had been "devastating".

Sue Bird won't visit the White House after winning WNBA championship
The Seattle Storm clinched their third WNBA title Wednesday when they defeated the Washington Mystics 98-82. Stewart will go for a second World Cup gold later this month with the United States senior national team.

Nintendo Direct to take place tomorrow, September 13
For individual memberships, one, three and 12-month subscriptions will cost $3.99, $7.99 and $19.99, respectively. Of course, there's likely to be some gameplay tricks up Nintendo's sleeve with the Switch .

Got $1,100? Apple shows off its most expensive iPhone yet
The Smart HDR is the most hyped feature that takes multiple shots in different exposures and combines them to get the bets shot. When it comes to the optics, the XR has to make do with a single 12MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture, supported by OIS.

Tennis Umpires Fear 'No One Has Their Back' After Serena Williams Controversy
Of his social-media commentators, he added: "I tried to reply to these people but they just don't listen". There is a lot of unhappiness in the umpiring community because no one is standing up for officials.

Space Station's view of Hurricane Florence looks eerily apocalyptic
EDT (1500 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Florence was located near latitude 25.0 degrees north and longitude 60.0 degrees west. That also means that colossal weather systems like Hurricane Florence are easy to observe as the spacecraft cruises along.

Apple Event Highlights: iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and Apple Watch 4
But it does have the same A12 Bionic that the top-level iPhone XS has as well as iOS 12 installed, so it should be pretty nippy. Like those, the phone doesn't have a home button; rather, you simply tap to wake it and swipe up to return to the home screen.

Other news