Florence causing flooding but storm weakening, set for downgrade on Saturday: NHC

Florence causing flooding but storm weakening, set for downgrade on Saturday: NHC

Florence causing flooding but storm weakening, set for downgrade on Saturday: NHC

The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.

Brock Long, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in charge of disaster response, has come under investigation over his use of government vehicles. Florence could add another six to 10 inches of rainfall this weekend. Widespread rainfall amounts could reach 6 to 12 inches, spurring flooding.

Florence was one of two major storms threatening millions of people on opposite sides of the world. "Human lives are precious". Its surge of ocean water could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 13 feet, and days of downpours could dump more than 3 feet of rain, touching off severe flooding.

A weather station on Cape Lookout, N.C. recently clocked a sustained wind of 55 miles per hour and gust to 70 miles per hour.

Heavy rains and strong winds on the outer rings of Hurricane Florence began to hit the Outer Banks region of North Carolina on Thursday, with the storm expected to slowly reach the Carolinas by the end of the day.

Then the storm was likely to turn southwest and move over Myrtle Beach and into the state's interior. The storm was once a powerful Category 4 storm but became a slow-moving Category 1 storm when it made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina, on Friday.

"The wind was so hard, the waters were so hard that, trying to get out, we got thrown into trailer", the 67-year-old recalled.

"There's a great temptation to want to go back east and to view you property", he said. As of 3:30 a.m. local time Friday, some 150 people in the city were trapped and waiting for help.

A man moves a large tree limb that downed power lines in North Myrtle Beach's Cherry Grove community.

"This Hurricane is bringing some rain and water that we have not seen before in Hurricane", McMaster said, "Winds may match that of Hugo, but Florence may bring more rain". The winds had been as high as 140 miles per hour earlier in the week. But Player said he would leave that up to the individual fire chiefs to determine based on the severity of the call.

"There's a very real possibility of another coal-ash spill, " said Matthew Starr, the Upper Neuse Riverkeeper at Sound Rivers, an advocacy group.

The shelter will have minimal supplies and only a small number of cots.

If other shelters are needed in the county, they will be announced when they open.

Residents who are in Columbia will not be able to get to Charleston via I-26 during the storm.

In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate.

"The sun rose this morning on an extremely risky situation and it's getting worse", Cooper said, calling Florence a "thousand-year rain event".

The county is also cautioning motorists not to drive through flowing water.

"You evacuate from water", Cline said. More than 40 dams - many state-owned - failed in the aftermath of 2015's historic flooding, sending water cascading into lower areas.

"Do not let your guard down with the changing #Florence forecast".

The S.C. Forestry Commission has issued a statewide burning ban until further notice. Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled state were hesitant to pass the gasoline tax increase many said was needed to generate money - $1 billion, by some estimates - to fix potholes, expand some roads and repave others.

Another woman died in Pender County after a tree fell on a house and emergency crews couldn't get to her quickly, said Chad McEwen, the county's assistant manager.

The storm could track north through the Ohio Valley, the Appalachians or even closer to the Interstate 95 corridor. "At least, that's what the people say who make a living on this".

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