Hurricane Florence lashes Carolinas in USA, causing floods

Preparation And Resilience As Hurricane Florence Approaches

Preparation And Resilience As Hurricane Florence Approaches

Hurricane Florence put a corridor of more than 10 million people in the crosshairs Wednesday as the monster storm closed in on the Carolinas, uncertainty over its projected path spreading worry across a widening swath of the Southeast.

A fallen tree crashed through the home where a woman and her baby were killed in Wilmington, N.C., after Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday.

Besides inundating the coast with wind-driven storm surges of seawater as high as 13 feet (4 meters) along the Carolina coast, Florence could dump 20 to 30 inches (51-76 cm) of rain, with up to 40 inches in parts of North Carolina, the NHC said.

KHOU reports the storm could bring 10 inches of rain to isolated spots in South Texas.

Florence is headed straight for some of the most well-known military bases in the country. But authorities warned Florence has an enormous wind field that has been growing larger, raising the risk of the ocean surging on to land and making Florence extremely risky.

It's unclear exactly how many people fled, but more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.

Sweet said he thinks Hurricane Florence could cause the US economy's growth to slow a few tenths of a percentage point, on an annual basis, in the July-September quarter.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says residents should shelter in place and stay off the roads as Hurricane Florence starts to come ashore in the Carolinas and its effects make their way north.

SC announced that Saturday's game against Marshall scheduled for Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia has been canceled due to the potential impact of Hurricane Florence.

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Map shows the predicted path of hurricane Florence through Tues., Sept Sept. 18.

Names are only retired "if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate", according to the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration website.

A wind gust at the Wilmington airport was clocked at 105 miles per hour, the highest since Hurricane Helene in 1958. Airlines had canceled almost 1,000 flights and counting through Friday.

In New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River left 500 people in peril.

More than 20,000 people were in 157 shelters in North Carolina, with 7,000 more in SC shelters. "If that occurs, when you call 911, we will tell you that they are not able to respond, and then we will call you back to see if you still need their services when they are again able to respond during the storm".

"The wind was so hard, the waters were so hard, that trying to get out we got thrown into trailers".

Officials in New Hanover County, which includes Wilmington, have stockpiled enough food and water for 60,000 people for four days, along with more than 28,000 tarps. As her son fed the goats in a hotel parking lot, she said she might not be able to return home until the middle of next week.

"Honestly, I grew up in Wilmington".

"We'll probably move some of our bigger trucks in front of the building to try to stop some of the debris", said Terrell Small, the new-car sales manager.

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