Hurricane Florence Approach Swamps North And South Carolina

The Union Point Park Complex is seen flooded as the Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern North Carolina

"We are not directly affected here", Williams said.

For the Columbia area, state and city officials warned of the likelihood of flash flooding.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted around 2 a.m. While some folks have made the wild decision to stay put, The Weather Channel's confronting vid might just convince folks to hoof it out of there before things get worse.

The NHC warned the threat of tornadoes was increasing as Florence neared shore and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said the heavy rains could trigger landslides in the western part of his state.

Almost 2 million coastal residents are now under mandatory evacuation orders, although it remains unclear how many have actually done so.

By Friday evening, Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm, its winds weakening to 70 miles per hour as it pushed inland. On the side streets, inside of residential areas, there were few signs that anyone had chose to stay behind to wait the storm out. "Today the threat becomes a reality". Here's why this storm threatens not only the coast but millions of people inland. She said 61 shelters had opened thus far, including 12 that are specially outfitted to help people with special medical needs.

Hurricane Florence continues to expand in size.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Centre said the storm would weaken after making landfall but also linger, dumping heavy rains for days. Another 8 million people live in areas covered by hurricane and tropical storm warnings.

As Florence drew near, President Donald Trump tweeted that FEMA and first responders are "supplied and ready", and he disputed the official conclusion that almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico, claiming the figure was a Democratic plot to make him look bad. Fortunately for House, he says this storm should not be a devastating event for the beach town in terms of loss of life. The footage also shows floating debris and high winds. Some of the few people still left in Nags Head on the Outer Banks took photos of angry waves topped with white froth. "Because it's Mother Nature".

One climate model is predicting that as much as 11 trillion gallons of rain will fall on North Carolina in the coming week - an amount that's enough to fill the Empire State Building 40 times over. That's enough water to fill the Empire State Building almost 40,000 times.

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.

More than 10 feet of storm surge is expected to hit some areas in North Carolina and SC, triggered by Florence. "This is low tide, and it looks like high tide", she said.

Foster said she doesn't want to leave, when her daughter needs her the most. "Whether you have a house or not, when the storm comes it will bring everyone together".

And yet another tropical storm formed in the Atlantic Thursday night.

Utility companies are predicting power outages that could reach between one-to-three million across both North and SC for days and possibly weeks.

Hurricane Florence is fast approaching the border of North and SC.

In its 1 a.m. Friday update, the NHC said Florence was about 45 miles east of Wilmington, NC, packing maximum-sustained winds of 90 mph.

He said hurricane-force winds extend outward 130 km (80 miles) from the centre of the storm and tropical storm-force winds extend almost 322 km (200 miles) out.

The huge size of Florence is also harvesting some enormous waves on top of the storm surge.

Scientists said it is too soon to say what role, if any, global warming played in the storm. As the storm moves inland it will find a relatively flat area for hundreds of miles. They died when a large tree came down over the back of their home, crushing and killing them while leaving the child's father hospitalized Friday morning. "I've got four cats inside the house". They then did the forecast again using conditions that would have been expected in a climate unchanged by human activity, meaning greenhouse gases, aerosols and other atmospheric metrics were all set to "pre-industrial levels", or those found more than 150 years ago.

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