Stunning Weather Channel Video Shows Why Storm Surges Are So Dangerous

James Marshall
September 14, 2018

HO/AFP/Getty Images In this September 12, 2018 photo provided by NASA, hurricane Florence churns over the Atlantic Ocean heading for the US east coast as seen from the International Space Station.

"If this thing comes inland and stops in eastern North Carolina like they forecast it, and we get two days of continuous rain, the rain will be our biggest damage", he said. "And you don't need power to sling booze", said owner Eli Ellsworth. "We've prepared all our supplies at home and frankly, we were bored".

North Carolina is the largest tobacco grower and ranks second among U.S. states in hog inventory and producing broiler chickens. Gusty winds will send the ocean and rivers spilling into neighborhoods.

"We're a little anxious about the storm surge so we came down to see what the river is doing now", said Linda Smith, 67, a retired nonprofit director.

Another Wilmington resident said she does not want to leave because she is afraid to see what she would be coming back to.

More than three feet of rain is expected in some areas, while tornadoes are possible in eastern and southeastern North Carolina today, where nearly a foot of water has already fallen in just a few hours in some areas.

Duke Energy, a power company in the Carolinas, estimated that one million to three million customers could lose electricity because of the storm and that it could take weeks to restore.

"There's already water (in the) bottom part of people's houses", Todd Willis, who lives in Kennel Beach, North Carolina, said Thursday night.

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.

As of 2 a.m., Florence was centered about 35 miles east of Wilmington, N.C. Its forward movement increased slightly to 6 mph.

BB&T, which is based out of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and operates 1,900 branches across the country, is likely to be among the most affected by Hurricane Florence.

At least 12,000 people had taken refuge in 126 emergency shelters, Cooper said, with more facilities being opened.

The Weather Channel produced a terrifying Hurricane Florence weather forecast using a visualization to show the horrifying reality of what 9-foot flood waters might look like in North Carolina.

"It truly is really about the whole size of this storm", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham told The Associated Press.

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland have declared states of emergency.

Residents of the Carolinas and neighboring states should consult local authorities for any evacuation orders and other preparation guidelines.

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen added: "Be prepared, make sure you have your food, your water, your safety kit and importantly, your medications".

Antonio Ramirez, a construction worker from El Salvador living in Leland, North Carolina, said he planned to ride out the worst of the weather with his dog Canelo.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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