No Hurricane Florence evacuation orders for Jasper, Beaufort

  • No Hurricane Florence evacuation orders for Jasper, Beaufort

No Hurricane Florence evacuation orders for Jasper, Beaufort

Hurricane Florence carries a heavy risk of flash floods as it brings up to 13-foot storm surge and a possible 40 inches of rain to the Carolina coast.

Life-threatening storm surge is being reported along the coast of the Carolinas.

Its forward movement slowed to 12 miles per hour and top sustained winds stayed at 110 miles per hour.

It was set to inundate nearly all of North Carolina in several feet of water, State Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference, while National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear predicted up to eight months of rain in two or three days.

While the storm may have slowed down slightly, it will still bring life-threatening storm surges, high winds, massive flooding and power cuts as it makes landfall on the coast of North and SC.

Florence is lashing the state with "heavy rainbands with tropical-storm-force winds spreading across the Outer Banks and Coastal Southeastern North Carolina", the briefing said.

Duke Energy Corp, the biggest utility in the area with over 4 million customers, estimated the storm could cause between 1 million to 3 million outages. 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.

A buoy off the North Carolina coast recorded waves almost 30 feet high as Florence churned toward shore.

"We're just trying to plan for the future here, not having a house for an extended period of time", David Garrigus said.

Even though the ISS is 400km above the storm, Florence is so huge that astronauts needed a wide-angle lens to capture the storm.

Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Myrtle Beach, a SC beach resort, was virtually deserted with empty streets, boarded up storefronts and very little traffic.

Numerous communities throughout the region have issued either mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders.

Florence could bring wind-driven storm surges of seawater as high as four metres and NHC Director Ken Graham said on Facebook they could push in as far as three kilometres.

"We live in a mobile home so we were just like 'No way, '" she said.

Image: Waters come ashore in Avon, North Carolina. But officials are not taking down their guard yet, and would wait until early next week to determine whether BGE could afford to send crews to other regions to help, she said. "I'm not leaving him here".

Despite pleas from officials, some residents ignored calls to evacuate.

"On a scale of one to 10, I'm probably a seven in terms of worry, she said". "I learned from the past to keep the ice in the washing machine".

"I built this house myself, so I'm not anxious at all, I know it's solid", he said.

"The only thing missing in there is a hot lady".