Hurricane Florence: Four reasons to fear this storm

Hurricane Florence: Four reasons to fear this storm

Hurricane Florence is not expected to make landfall until Friday morning but residents in coastal areas are already losing power as gusts lash the eastern edge of North Carolina.

"Do not relax, do not get complacent".

The number of residential properties indicated does not include inland flooding, CoreLogic said.

Florence, though downgraded to a Category 2 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, remained risky and unpredictable, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Forecasters said wind speeds had dropped from a high of 225 kilometers per hour to 175 kph, reducing it from a Category 4 storm to a Category 2 one, and additional fluctuations and weakening were likely as it swirled toward land.

The estimate does not include National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) inland flood losses - only storm surge related NFIP flood losses - as CoreLogic said it is too soon to tell what the potential rainfall, riverine and other flooding will amount to in order to tabulate losses for that peril.

At least 12,000 people had taken refuge in 126 emergency shelters, Governor Cooper said, with more facilities being opened.

The coastal area of SC features hundreds of inlets while North Carolina has barrier islands miles away from the mainland.

"This storm will bring destruction", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said.

Young, who heads the Western Carolina University program in partnership with Duke, has been studying the coast on many front including helping coastal communities plan for sea level rise and hurricanes.

"We're seeing on social media, we're seeing comments and calls coming into our hotline that people are saying, 'Oh, it's only a Cat 2.' Well, only a Cat 2 has winds of up to 96 to 110 miles per hour", Derrec Becker, spokesman for the S.C. Emergency Management Division told The State on Thursday.

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"Being in the medical field, they have where you can stay there, but being 20 weeks pregnant it just makes it hard for me to sleep on the floor", Constable said. But even so, Floyd dumped two feet of rain on North Carolina.

"This is a very unsafe storm", Long said.

"Remember most storm deaths occur from drowning in fresh water, often in cars". They said the military had made sites, including Fort Bragg, North Carolina, available to FEMA as staging areas for relief equipment and had put helicopters and high-wheeled vehicles at the ready in different sites in the southeast for search and rescue use. "The larger and the slower the storm is, the greater the threat and the impact - and we have that".

"Storm surge and massive flooding - both are going to be extreme".

On Monday, with the storm appearing to shift south, McMaster, the SC governor, ordered schools in Aiken County, near the Georgia line, to close for the rest of the week to free up shelter space for hurricane evacuees. "We are not directly affected here", Williams said.

As Florence drew near, President Donald Trump tweeted that FEMA and first responders are "supplied and ready", and he disputed the official conclusion that almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico, claiming the figure was a Democratic plot to make him look bad.

But Norfolk spokeswoman Lori Crouch said city officials would not force people to leave and that it's a "personal choice", the AP reported.

"We got a little bit of water inside, but things weren't so bad", Church said.

"We've wasted three days of discomfort and displacement", he said. "Work will begin when conditions safely allow", the company said on its website on Saturday.

Some people have chose to simply ride out the storm at home. Kilbourne said the houses sit 18 to 30 feet above sea level, so they were not anxious about the storm surge.