Time almost up: Fierce Hurricane Florence aims at Southeast - Story | WFLD

  • Time almost up: Fierce Hurricane Florence aims at Southeast - Story | WFLD

Time almost up: Fierce Hurricane Florence aims at Southeast - Story | WFLD

On one level, prayers have been answered as the storm's wind speeds have decreased from catastrophic Category 4 winds of 140 miles per hour down to Category 2 winds of 105 miles per hour.

The South Carolina county encompassing Myrtle Beach has imposed a 7 p.m.to 7 a.m. curfew. Hurricane Florence could bring 32 miles per hour to 45 miles per hour winds Friday, Durham County emergency management officials said on Twitter.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles.

The Miami-based center had said earlier Friday Florence's arrival would come with "catastrophic" fresh water flooding over portions of the Carolinas.

What also makes Florence extremely risky are the deadly storm surges, mammoth coastal flooding and historic rainfall expected far inland. We've assembled a list of options below and will update it as we find more.

None of the people rescued were injured.

The outer bands of wind and rain from a weakened but still lethal Hurricane Florence began lashing North Carolina on Thursday as the monster storm moved in for a prolonged and potentially catastrophic stay along the Southeast coast that could drench the homes of as many as 10 million people.

Officials in the potential path of Florence urged people to evacuate their coastal homes and directed drivers away from the coast.

"It's a big powerful Atlantic hurricane coming right into North Carolina initially and then we have to see whether it wants to turn back to the southwest and hug the coast all the way down to Charleston before finally making its way inland", Bastardi said. Another 400 people were in shelters in Virginia, where forecasts were less dire.

STORM SURGE: The combination of a unsafe storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. Its surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet (3.4 meters) of ocean water, and days of downpours could unload more than 3 feet (0.9 meters) of rain, touching off severe flooding.

"Surviving this storm will be a test of endurance, teamwork, common sense and patience".

But North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned: "Don't relax, don't get complacent".

Prisoners were affected, too.

Boeing evacuated several new 787-10 Dreamliner jets from its factory in North Charleston, South Carolina, to protect them from the storm.

It's unclear exactly how many people evacuated, but more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out. Hurricane Helene is veering toward Europe and newly formed Subtropical Storm Joyce is not expected to threaten land.

About midday on Thursday (local time), Spanish moss blew sideways in the trees as the winds increased in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City. Ocean water flowed between homes and on to streets on the Outer Banks; waves crashed against wooden fishing piers.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.

It has slowed down — and will continue to do so — moving to the northwest at 5 miles per hour.

There is also a threat of tornadoes in the Grand Strand region on Friday as the storm moves through, Pfaff said.

A National Weather Service forecaster has said it will be the "storm of a lifetime" for parts of the Carolina coast.

- Though the storm, once a Category 4, was downgraded Thursday night to a Category 1 from a Category 2, the danger is very real.

The hurricane was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico a year ago. With that said, the President made a tweet this morning which was not only irresponsible, but also a blatant lie.

The Union Point Park Complex is seen flooded as the Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, U.S., September 13, 2018.

"We'll operate without power; we have candles".

Others were at home hoping for the best.

Kelly Salisbury said she's staying put in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, even though most of the town left.

"Since my husband retired and my health declined, we have his retirement as an income". We chose to hunker down.