"Monster" Hurricane Florence nears Carolina coast

James Marshall
September 15, 2018

Hurricane Florence is blasting toward the Carolinas, carrying sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour and the threat of "life-threatening storm surge and rainfall", the National Hurricane Center says.

By Friday evening, the center of the storm had moved to eastern SC, about 15 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

A satellite image shows Hurricane Florence looming in the Atlantic Ocean as the sun rises over the U.S. Florence is expected to bring tropical storm conditions to North Carolina and SC on Thursday and hurricane conditions on Friday.

Florence barreled into the Carolina coast and moved inland on Friday, knocking down trees, overflowing rivers, dumping sheets of rain and leading to the death of five people before it was downgraded to a tropical storm still capable of wreaking havoc. Calls for help multiplied as the wind picked up and the tide rolled in.

Eudy's family has lived in New Bern since the 1850s, he said. GOES-East is one many satellites in orbit tracking the hurricane as it approaches the Carolinas.

"This storm will be a marathon vs. a sprint", the National Weather Service said on Twitter.

"This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding", the hurricane center says.

The center said the water level could hit from 7 to 10 feet from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, North Carolina, and from 6 to 9 feet from Cape Lookout to Ocracoke Inlet.

Coastal residents are not the only people attempting to move out of harm's way of Hurricane Florence.

Even with the storm raging, the Army Corps of Engineers prepared to start work to restore power, install temporary roofing and remove debris. Gigi Charlebois, owner of the Edenton Coffee House on the northern shore of North Carolina's Albemarle Sound, made a decision to stay with her family overnight in the shop's dining room, sleeping on couches, pull-out cots and a mattress.

"It's unsafe, a lot of trees", Charlebois said.

Staying there also allowed her to keep an eye on their freezers and fridges holding food. As of 8 a.m., the hurricane is predicted to make landfall along the coast of the Carolinas tomorrow (Sept. 14), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center. Rather than pushing up toward western Virginia, the storm's center is now predicted to move across the middle of SC.

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