'The Storm's Pretty Intense Right Now': Wilmington Resident Riding Out Hurricane Florence

Even in downgrading Florence which is expected to crash into the Carolinas late Thursday night or early Friday the National Hurricane Center predicted “life-threatening storm surge,” “catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flo

Even in downgrading Florence which is expected to crash into the Carolinas late Thursday night or early Friday the National Hurricane Center predicted “life-threatening storm surge,” “catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flo

The brunt of Hurricane Florence slammed North Carolina this morning with winds raging an astonishing 90 miles per hour (150 km/h), according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

But North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned: "Don't relax, don't get complacent".

Definitely the storm surge, which could be up to 11 feet in some locations. "But I think we're ready". Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 kilometres) from its centre, and tropical-storm-force winds reached out 195 miles (315 kilometres).

Amber Parker, spokesperson for Craven County, North Carolina, tells Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson that officials are happy to have daylight on their side Friday.

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.

Florence dumped more than 20 inches on Oriental, N.C., the NHC said. Hurricanes feed off the heat in the warm surface of the ocean and typically lose power when they hit land.

"A storm surge warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline.

"There's going to be really nowhere for anybody to go", said Chief House with Wrightsville Beach Police.

It will likely come on shore Friday near Wilmington, North Carolina. "I built this house myself, so I'm not anxious at all, I know it's solid", he said. The city of New Bern tweeted to its residents early Friday morning, "We have 2 out-of-state FEMA teams here for swift water rescue".

Hurricane Florence has reached the USA mainland and is bringing intense conditions throughout the Carolinas.

If you're anxious about flooding away from the coast, then the Southeast River Forecast Center is your go-to stop.

Not everybody was heeding orders to evacuate, however.

Homeless after losing her job at Walmart three months ago, 25-year-old Brittany Jones went to a storm shelter at a high school near Raleigh.

There's still a threat from rising tides, Risty-Davis says. The highest numbers are being reported in New Hanover County.

Hurricane Florence's outer edges have started to batter the coast of North Carolina - with winds of 100mph bending trees and shooting frothy seawater onto the streets.

"Inland flooding kills a lot of people unfortunately and that's what we're about to see".

Monster storm Hurricane Florence is barreling closer to the coast of the Carolinas.

North Carolina is now facing the brunt of the storm, though that's likely to change since weather forecasts predict Florence will head inland before moving north, towards Virginia and Maryland.

However, forecasters say the storm's biggest threat is how much rain it is expected to produce.

A hurricane watch is in effect for Edisto Beach, SC, to South Santee River, SC. Thousands of soldiers from their National Guard forces have been mobilized. Notice the lag in flooding; most rivers will begin to rise 48 to 72 hours after the storm exits the coast. The center of the storm is expected to maintain a westward track across southeastern North Carolina Friday and across eastern South Carolina Friday and Saturday.

Yes, because it's bringing a voluminous amount of rain, and by lingering it creates worse flooding.

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