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Hurricane Florence to cause massive flooding in US

Hurricane Florence to cause massive flooding in US

"From Surf City to North Topsail Beach we could be talking up to six feet of storm surge, and impacts have already begun today with the storm approaching.

Forecasters say "it can not be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard associated with slow-moving Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will be spreading inland".

Forecasters said the Category 1 storm's extreme size meant it could batter the U.S. East Coast with hurricane-force winds for almost a full day.

Florence is expected to go move slowly as it approaches North and SC, whipping hurricane-force winds and dumping relentless rain at least through Saturday.

At 7 a.m., Florence was centered just 5 miles (10 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Florence's forward movement during the day slowed to a near-standstill - sometimes it was going no faster than a human can walk - and that enabled it to pile on the rain. Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 km/h) from its centre, and tropical-storm-force winds reached out to 195 miles (315 km/h).

The surge could reach up to nine feet in some areas along rivers, as the unsafe hurricane will pummel the shore during high tide.

The Miami-based center says Florence is bringing "catastrophic" fresh water flooding over a wide area of the Carolinas.

More than 60 others had to be rescued as a cinderblock motel collapsed. More than 600,000 people have lost power.

"A basketball sized hole was found in a corner room by an Officer", officials said.

The flooding soon spread into SC, swamping places like North Myrtle Beach, in a resort area known for its white sands and multitude of golf courses.

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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About 10 million people could be affected by the storm and more than one million were ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia, jamming westbound roads and highways for miles.

Farther up the coast, in New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River trapped people.

In New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River left 500 people in peril. Steady organization resulted in the formation of a tropical depression, environmental conditions tore the storm apart, and Florence degraded to a tropical storm later.

"You can't get over till we have power and we have sewer up and running", said the retired teacher and real estate agent, who rode out the hurricane in an inland hotel.

According to City of Wilmington Spokeswoman Malissa Talbert, "As the wind increases from Hurricane Florence, City of Wilmington officials continue to strongly encourage residents to remain inside and do not drive".

North Carolinians made last-minute preparations and hunkered down to await Florence's arrival.

US Southeast power companies said more than 188,000 homes and businesses in North Carolina and SC were without power early Friday as Hurricane Florence caused a deluge ahead of its landfall later in the day. Not only this, Florence has the potential of causing widespread damage to life and property.

Forecasters have issued what they call a a flash flood emergency, saying areas of surrounding Carteret County are flooding that have never flooded before.

North Carolina corrections officials said more than 3,000 people were relocated from prisons and juvenile detention centers in the path of Florence, and more than 300 county prisoners were transferred to state facilities.

The now Category 1 storm's intensity diminished as it neared land, with winds dropping to 90 miles per hour (135 kph) by nightfall.

It was set to inundate nearly all of North Carolina in several feet of water, State Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference, while National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear predicted up to eight months of rain in two or three days. The storm is now producing 90-mile-per-hour winds sustained with strong gusts possible.

Forecasters said Florence's surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet (3.4 meters) of ocean water.


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