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Florence begins days of rain, wind on coast

Florence begins days of rain, wind on coast

The administration said that as Florence, a Category 2 storm, is expected to make landfall in the US southeast coast on Friday, the massive storm will obstruct electricity transmission and distribution, while widespread evacuations and disruptions to normal business operations could impact demand patterns for transportation fuels.

Florence approached the North Carolina coast as a Category 2 storm with a diameter of around 500 miles, but has since been downgraded to a Category 1.

It's expected to move inland at southeastern North Carolina and eastern South Carolina Friday and Saturday.

Cooper said Florence was set to cover nearly all of North Carolina in several feet of water. "Today the threat becomes a reality".

On Thursday, Florence was a Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale with 120-mph winds (193 km).

In a new demonstration of the network's CGI capabilities, hosts have presented from the centre of a digital storm surge to demonstrate the hurricane's damaging potential.

That was a bad idea, said Avair Vereen, a local nurse who had sought safety in the shelter with her seven children.

"For further context, we accurately estimated the total economic impact from Hurricane Irma would be $100 billion".

Tiffany Norton, a spokeswoman for Dorchester County, South Carolina, said emergency personnel are removed from road travel when winds reach tropical storm force.

Meteorologist say conditions will deteriorate throughout the day Friday. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.

Around midday, Spanish moss blew sideways in the trees as the winds increased in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City.

Residents and business owners around downtown came out from their hiding places as early as 8:30 a.m. Friday, about an hour after the eyewall of Florence had passed through.

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The storm's intensity diminished as it neared land, with winds dropping to around 90 miles per hour (144 kph) by nightfall.

The result could be what the Houston area saw during Hurricane Harvey just over a year ago: catastrophic inland flooding that could swamp homes, businesses, farm fields and industrial sites.

The police chief of Wrightsville Beach, vulnerable on a North Carolina barrier island, agreed that those who refused to leave were now on their own.

"I was really anxious about coming back to Cleveland because of the weather report", said Cheryl Hermsdorfer, a Cleveland area native who managed to book an earlier flight. Roberts said numerous residents live near the Neuse and Trent rivers.

Weather Underground meteorology director Jeff Masters said Florence eventually could strike as a Category 1 with winds less than 160km/h, but that's still enough to cause at least $1 billion in damage.

Scientists said it is too soon to say what role, if any, global warming played in the storm. But previous research has shown that the strongest hurricanes are getting wetter, more intense and intensifying faster due to human-caused warming.

Hurricane Florence's path could affect the homes of more than 5 million people, and more than 1 million of them have been ordered to evacuate.

About 800 flights in the region have been canceled ahead of the storm, CNN reported.

Antonio Ramirez, a construction worker from El Salvador living in Leland, North Carolina, said he planned to ride out the worst of the weather with his dog Canelo.

Florence's weakening as it neared the coast created tension between some who left home and authorities who anxious that the storm could still be deadly.

"If we lose the house, oh well, we can get housing".


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