Florence makes landfall in NC; downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane

Atlantic Beach N.C. before Hurricane Florence

Atlantic Beach N.C. before Hurricane Florence

Winds will be offshore, so storm surge flooding will be nothing to worry about. The forecast track has the storm moving slowly along the coast throughout Friday and into Saturday.

A weather station in Atlantic Beach recorded a total of 12.73 inches for a 24-hour period.

Roads and intersections on North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands were already inundated with water.

Hurricane force winds (74 mph+) will reach the coastline by this evening and continue to batter the area all day Friday. At Cape Lookout there were sustained winds of 83 miles per hour and gusts of 106. They said a storm's category describes only its wind speed, and that the overwhelming flooding that could follow is a far greater threat. And even though meteorologists sort storms into categories by the strength of their winds, it's actually the storm surge that's most risky, as AccuWeather reported.

The National Hurricane Center 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. As the storm moves inland it will find a relatively flat area for hundreds of miles.

More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate over the past few days, and the homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.

Florence makes landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina as the Category 1 hurricane strikes coast.

"Either no (hotel) rooms are available, or we are denied because the breed or size of dogs", she said.

Cheryl Browning lives with her husband and son, who has terminal cancer, in Richlands, North Carolina. They've also been praying, singing songs in their native language.

Steve Shumake, disaster action team coordinator for the Central SC region of the Red Cross, said evacuees should bring their own pillows and blankets, 4 to 7 days of necessary medications, any medical equipment they need and children's activities and comfort items.

"Since my husband retired and my health declined, we have his retirement as an income".

"One minute we're at a high state of alert, the next we're at a low state, but we can adapt to the situation", said Capt. Eric Abdullah, of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, who said officials were trying to stay flexible.

Cramer says they are expecting ocean water to flow over the sand dunes and bring sand into the town. It's a kind gesture but doesn't alleviate Browning's fear. "But I think it'll be OK".

Volunteers can connect people with mental health or spiritual case workers if needed, he said.

More than 1 million people have been ordered to evacuate - but the window to do so is nearly over. "Inland flooding kills a lot of people unfortunately and that's what we're about to see".

And according to meteorologists, the rainfall in parts of North Carolina could exceed three feet with Florence. On Thursday the health system did not have any patients admitted from hospitals in SC. His work has also appeared in Salon, Raw Story, Truthdig, National Memo, Philadelphia Weekly, Democratic Underground, L.A. Weekly, MintPress News and many other publications. North Carolina-Virginia border to Cape Charles Light and Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort.

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