Federal officials halt immigration arrests during Hurricane Florence

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 14, 2018

As Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach on the North Carolina coast, bringing sustained winds of 68 miles per hour and a flooding storm surge, at least three other named storms are still churning in the Atlantic.

In this September 12, 2018 photo provided by NASA, hurricane Florence churns over the Atlantic Ocean heading for the US east coast as seen from the International Space Station.

Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm late Thursday, and now contains maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour with higher gusts.

But North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned: "Don't relax, don't get complacent". Stay on guard. This is a powerful storm that can kill.

The Verge says the Weather Channel has partnered with augmented reality company The Future Group to create the videos, which use the Unreal Engine, a video game development platform seen in many popular games today.

More than 60 people had to be pulled from a collapsing motel, and many more who defied evacuation orders were hoping to be rescued.

Don't relax, don't get complacent.

Ken Graham, the NHC's director, warned the slow pace of the storm exacerbated its danger even to areas outside its immediate path.

By 11 a.m. (1500 GMT) the winds had dropped to 80 mph and the center was about 5 miles (3.1 km) inland, 20 miles (30 km) southwest of Wilmington, and moving west at a sluggish 3 mph (5 kph).

It added the greatest threats to life came from storm-surges while "catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding" was expected, with some areas receiving up to 40 inches of rainfall. "I am frightened about what's coming. We just want prayers from everyone".

Hundreds of thousands of people in the Carolinas and Virginia have been forced to evacuate as Hurricane Florence battered the eastern coast of the USA, including more than 3,000 prisoners who have been relocated from jails in the path of Florence. The main highway in the Outer Banks was closed in parts as seawater pushed in.

According to radar images as of 7 a.m., the storm's eye was drawing near the New Hanover-Pender County line. "But we are going to do everything we can".

Outside of the wind, the broad circulation of the storm will allow for a storm surge north of the center of circulation heading into Friday.

The storm will be a test of President Donald Trump's administration less than two months before elections to determine control of Congress.

Florence was seen as a major test for FEMA, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared a year ago for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, which was blamed for almost 3,000 deaths. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000".

Corps staff worked with Army officials to review dams at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Jackson in SC to "ensure any effects of Florence on those dams are mitigated", said Ray Alexander, the Corps' inter-agency services chief.

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