Hurricane Florence swamps Carolinas, threatening record rainfall, punishing winds

  • Hurricane Florence swamps Carolinas, threatening record rainfall, punishing winds

Hurricane Florence swamps Carolinas, threatening record rainfall, punishing winds

Millions were expected to lose power from the storm and restoration could take weeks. But forecasters said its extreme size meant it could batter the U.S. East Coast with hurricane-force winds for almost a full day.

Some 11,000 power outages have been reported in North Carolina.

Waves slam the Pier House Restaurant in Atlantic Beach, NC, on Thursday. For those wishing to track Florence's devastation from miles away, PBS NewsHour has compiled this guide of sources that we will be closely monitoring as the storm progresses.

More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters.

Electricity utility Duke Energy Co., with headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, said Florence likely could knock out power for 1 million to 3 million homes and businesses. Hurricane-force winds extended 90 miles from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles.

Union Point Park is flooded with rising water from the Neuse and Trent Rivers in New Bern, N.C. September 13, 2018.

A simulation weather video is showing what the life-threatening Hurricane Florence storm surge might look like if it reaches a frightening nine feet (2.7m).

Florence is moving toward land at 9 kilometers per hour (6 mph), giving it more time to churn, suck up water, batter the coast, and bring massive amounts of rain inland. It will then move along the "spine of the Appalachians".

He added: 'We have the situation that has developed here at the station and that is water is getting close to the building.

Once the centre moves inland, the intensity of the hurricane is set to decrease, according to a forecast discussion posted on the NHC's website.

It is the storm's movement and not its strength that has forecasters and officials anxious.

Corps staff worked with Army officials to review dams at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Jackson in SC to "ensure any effects of Florence on those dams are mitigated", said Ray Alexander, the Corps' inter-agency services chief. He still has peanuts, soybeans and sweet potatoes in the ground. "They pulled out all the furniture out of the yard".

Florence's rain will reach 40 inches in some parts of the Carolina coasts, and gusty winds will send the ocean and rivers spilling into neighborhoods, forecasters said. "It's discouraging to see a crop you worked with all year long, nurture it, plant it and see it destroyed".

About 70 occupants have been evacuated from a hotel in Jacksonville, North Carolina after hurricane force winds threatened its the structural integrity. CoBank, an agricultural lender, estimates damage to North Carolina farming could hit $US1 billion ($1.3b) before the storm slows.

Folks in Charleston, South Carolina, who have chosen not to evacuate, are preparing for a nasty storm that could make landfall right in their backyard.