83-Foot Wave Recorded By Satellite Monitoring Hurricane Florence

83-Foot Wave Recorded By Satellite Monitoring Hurricane Florence

83-Foot Wave Recorded By Satellite Monitoring Hurricane Florence

Along with the high winds and storm surge, forecasters are very concerned that Florence could be a slow-moving storm.

"The sun rose this morning on an extremely risky situation and it's going to get worse", he said at a news conference in Raleigh.

"But I'm staying", she said.

Cooper says officials are also in the process of opening more shelters because demand is expected to continue to increase.

Overall, risky storm surge is possible all the way from Edisto Beach, South Carolina, to the North Carolina/Virginia border.

Early Thursday the Category 2 was about 205 miles (325 kilometers) east southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 250 miles (405 kilometers) east southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

There were no immediate reports of storm-related deaths or serious injuries but more than 60 people, as well as many children and pets, had to be evacuated from a hotel in Jacksonville, North Carolina, after strong winds caused parts of the roof to collapse, local officials said.

In New Bern, North Carolina, the storm surge overwhelmed the town of 30,000 which is located at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers. Some roads were already impassable in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

The National Weather Service is predicting "excessive" rainfall totals, potentially up to 40 inches in isolated areas, as Florence comes to crawl off the coast of the Carolinas before making landfall somewhere near the border of the two states. The town's public information officer, Colleen Roberts, told CNN 150 more people were awaiting rescue.

"I've been through hurricanes before but never with kids", she said.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted around 2 a.m. "You may need to move up to the second storey, or to your attic, but we are coming to get you".

"'This is not going to be a glancing blow".

"It's insane", he said in a phone interview.

Hurricane Florence strengthened a bit, but then tapped on the brakes as it approached the North Carolina coast Thursday evening. Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power, and that restoring it could take weeks.

The damage occurred even though Sandy spun ashore as the equivalent of only a Category 1 hurricane, with winds of about 80 miles per hour, and was downgraded below hurricane status shortly thereafter.

Faced with new forecasts that showed a more southerly threat, Georgia's governor joined his counterparts in Virginia and North and SC in declaring a state of emergency, and some residents who had thought they were safely out of range boarded up their homes.

By early Saturday morning, Florence is expected to have weakened to a tropical storm, and by early Sunday, it will be a tropical depression.

The hurricane's immensity is why some 10 million people across North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are under storm watches and warnings, with meteorologists projecting Florence could become the most powerful storm to hit this part of the United States in at least 25 years. Most other beachgoers were long done. "I'm a little bit scared right now, but I have my iPad and I'm watching Netflix".

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland have declared states of emergency.

And if Florence weren't enough, other storms out there are threatening people.

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.

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