Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Research | By Clarence Powell

NHC says Florence has weakened to a tropical storm

NHC says Florence has weakened to a tropical storm

Hurricane Florence blew ashore in the USA state of North Carolina with howling 90 miles per hour (144 km/h) winds and terrifying storm surge early Friday, felling trees, splintering buildings, trapping hundreds of people and swamping entire communities along the coast.

We will remind, earlier it was reported that the U.S. has cancelled 1,000 flights due to a powerful hurricane Florence.

Analysts at Cox Automotive predicted that Florence won't destroy as many cars as Hurricane Harvey did in the car-dependent Houston area.

The numbers are expected to soar as the storm's winds and torrential rains sweep over more land.

Scott's office said Florida has sent two urban search-and-rescue teams to North Carolina and SC; a nursing team of 29 people to North Carolina to help with special-needs shelters; and five ambulance teams to North Carolina to help with medical evacuations. It was expected to slowly move southwest into SC before turning north, forecasters said. This rainfall will produce life-threatening flash flooding.

Storm surge flooding does not include floods caused by the heavy rain from the hurricane, such as what happened a year ago in Houston with Hurricane Harvey and in North Carolina in 2016 during Hurricane Matthew. The port in Charleston, South Carolina, though, was suspending operations from Thursday through Saturday and possibly on Sunday. REUTERS/Randall HillDennis Kernodle talks on the phone during storm preparations of his oceanfront home ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, U.S. September 12, 2018. A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Edisto Beach, South Carolina to South Santee River, South Carolina. He says parts of Virginia will likely see tropical storm-force winds, flooding and several inches of rain.

Flood waters surround a house as Hurricane Florence hits Swansboro N.C., on Friday.

As of 11 p.m. EST, Florence was about 50 miles south of Morehead City, North Carolina, and 60 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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

Florence is moving toward the west near 6 miles per hour (9 kph). "Soybeans have just begun harvesting in the very far eastern part of North Carolina but have not begun anywhere else in the state". Significant weakening is expected over the weekend.

Duke Energy warned that Florence could cut off power to anywhere from 1 million to 3 million customers in North and SC, potentially leaving them without electricity for several weeks, said spokeswoman Grace Rountree. Florence will then move generally northward across the western Carolinas and the central Appalachian Mountains early next week.

In Washington, North Carolina, the wind-swept Pamlico River has risen beyond its banks and is flooding entire neighborhoods. "This surge is also likely along portions of the SC coast". "Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short distances". "Locations may be uninhabitable for weeks or months", according to the National Weather Service's Wilmington office.

Two big fuel pipelines stand in the hurricane's path, but analysts say they think the storm is unlikely to disrupt the flow of gasoline or other products.

Forecasters say it is especially risky after dark because people trying to escape may not realize how deep flood water is on roads.

Officials say Hurricane Florence could bring not only flooding but also landslides to SC.

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