Florence to approach the Carolinas coast later Thursday -NHC

Florence to approach the Carolinas coast later Thursday -NHC

Florence to approach the Carolinas coast later Thursday -NHC

Long said the danger was not only along the coast. "It's going to the hit the coast and stay - maybe for two days... right over SC...."

An estimated 10 million people live in the storm's path, according to the U.S. Weather Prediction Center, and coastal businesses and homes were boarded up in anticipation. "Our region will be seeing a lot of rain, wind, and flooding this week so #BePrepared", the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said on Twitter. Florence could add another six to 10 inches of rainfall this weekend. Statewide, rainfall through Monday could total 40 inches in some areas. "When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. Human lives are precious".

Forecasters say 40 inches (one meter) of rain are possible along the coast of North Carolina.

The storm made landfall just two miles from the point that the National Weather Service predicted five days ago, and has barely moved since. Rain intensity will pick up, as will wind speed and the storm surge is expected to reach up to 13 feet in some areas.

Then the storm was likely to turn southwest and move over Myrtle Beach and into the state's interior.

Rescue crews used boats to carry more than 360 people from rising water in the river town of New Bern, North Carolina, while many of their neighbours awaited help.

"The wind was so hard, the waters were so hard, that trying to get out we got thrown into trailers". Gen. Robert Livingston at a Thursday afternoon press briefing with McMaster.

"The fact is this storm is deadly and we know we are days away from an ending", Cooper said.

"There's a great temptation to want to go back east and to view you property", he said.

As the rough winds toppled trees and power lines Friday, power was knocked out to more than 700,000 North Carolina customers.

Hurricane Florence, traveling toward the United States with sustained winds of up to 105 miles per hour, has started to hit the North Carolina coast. The winds had been as high as 140 miles per hour earlier in the week.

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But it was clear that this was really about the water, not the wind. Instead, they floated people out with the mattresses.

Residents who are in Columbia will not be able to get to Charleston via I-26 during the storm.

Twenty-five patients evacuated from Sandpiper Nursing Home in Mount Pleasant are staying at Springs Memorial Hospital.

"It was a happy moment: People coming into a locally owned business and helping us all out", she said.

The downtown area, at the confluence of two rivers, is mostly underwater.

"Do not let your guard down with the changing #Florence forecast". Many state museums and other attractions are also closed.

"Many firefighting and emergency personnel and resources are committed to hurricane-related response", he said. Calls for help multiplied as the wind picked up and the tide rolled in.

"I don't care if this goes down to a Category 1", said CNN meteorologist Chad Myers. "This storm is taking a track that no other storm has taken in recorded history".

"Make no mistake - whether the eye of the storm makes landfall along our shores or farther south, we're on the wrong side of it". Millions of people are expected to lose power and it could take weeks to resolve the outages. Duke has more than 20,000 people in place to start power restoration once it's safe. The storm knocked out power to more than 890,000 homes and businesses, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the USA electrical grid.

"Restoration efforts will be further delayed if the storm stalls, which could result in significant flooding, limiting access to power equipment and additional structural damage".

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