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'Time running out' for residents to escape Hurricane Florence

'Time running out' for residents to escape Hurricane Florence

Florence could threaten the largest rainfall event in US history, Hurricane Harvey, the 2017 whirlwind that settled over Texas and dropped more than 60 inches of rain, turning roadways into rivers, destroying homes and buildings and killing almost 90 people. Electricity remained out for much of the city, known for its historic mansions, with power lines lying across roads like wet strands of spaghetti. Of course, coupled with what could be tropical storm force wind gusts arriving as early as late tonight, there will likely be some trees knocked down as soils become quickly saturated. That forecast area also includes part of southwest Virginia. Duke Energy is expected anywhere from 1-3 million power outages across the Carolinas due to the storm.

As North Carolina residents began to feel the first modest effects of a weakened Hurricane Florence on Thursday, forecasters warned the powerful storm will bring seawater surging onto land and torrential...

As of the 2 p.m. advisory released by the National Hurricane Center, Florence is about 180 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina and about 270 miles east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Some parts of North Carolina have already seen surges as high as 10ft (3m) in places.

The forecast calls for as much as 102cm of rain over seven days along the coast, with the deluge continuing even as the centre of the storm pushes its way over the Appalachian Mountains. Favorable wind patterns. Higher sea levels that exacerbate storm surge.

The surge will result in "large areas of deep inundation. enhanced by battering waves", the Weather Service said. Some area residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit.

Models agree that excessive amounts of rain will fall in southeastern North Carolina.

Where exactly the zone of heaviest rain sets up as the storm meanders inland is more uncertain, but models suggest that it may concentrate in southern North Carolina and northern SC through the weekend.

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The strongest winds will occur where and when the storm makes landfall in a ring around the calm eye of the storm known as the eyewall. When Hurricane Floyd made landfall near Cape Fear in 1999 as a Category 2 storm, bloated carcasses of hundreds of thousands of hogs, chickens and other drowned livestock bobbed in a nose-stinging soup of fecal matter, pesticides, fertilizer and gasoline so toxic that fish flopped helplessly to escape it.

"Well-constructed frame homes could sustain major roof and siding damage". Once the heavy rain reaches Charlotte, periods of heavy downpours are expected to last several days.

Up to 75 percent of the utility's customers could be without power, and it may take "weeks" to fully restore it, he said.

"We expect those numbers to rise significantly over the next 24 hours, as the storm approaches and airlines finalize their operations plans", said Sara Orsi, a spokesperson for FlightAware.

We are more inland from the coast.

"A turn toward the west-northwest and west at a slow forward speed is expected through Friday, followed by a slow west-southwestward motion Friday night and Saturday", the NHC said. But then they gradually diverge.

Computer models of exactly what the storm might do varied, adding to the uncertainty.