Hurricane Florence: 150,000 lose power as storm pummels Carolinas

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 14, 2018

"You have the rain, you have the storm surge". Restoring power to all customers could take weeks, it said. Wilmington is now experiencing winds at 85 miles per hour.

SC governor Henry McMaster confirmed 300,000 people had evacuated on Wednesday and hundreds of thousands more from the three states have evacuated since then. But the real story of the storm is the deluge its already created, and will continue to add to in the coming days. "Surviving this storm will be a test of endurance, teamwork, common sense and patience". Cooper said he hopes more shelters will also open today.

Prisoners were affected, too.

No storm-related deaths or serious injuries were reported in the hours immediately after Florence hit but authorities said more than 60 people, including many children and pets, had to be evacuated from a hotel in Jacksonville, North Carolina, after strong winds caused parts of the roof to collapse.

Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it's unclear how many did. As serene as the images are, it's hard to imagine what conditions are like in the storm and on the water under it.

As the last-minute evacuations and preparations of those who refuse to leave wound down, an eerie calm has settled over typically bustling Carolina cities.

Coastal streets flowed with frothy ocean water, and and estimated 450,000 lost power.

The warning expires at 6 a.m. Sunday. Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometers).

Georgia joined North and South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland in issuing an emergency declaration as forecasts showed Florence dumping historic amounts of rain - potentially 37 trillion litres - on the southern states.

The driving winds and pelting rain of Hurricane Florence's western edge began to batter the Carolinas Thursday evening, giving the region a taste of what's to come as the monster storm moves ashore Friday.

After maintaining Category 4 or 3 status most of Wednesday, Florence was a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph churning about 205 miles southeast of Wilmington, according to a 5 a.m. briefing by the National Hurricane Center.

Onslow County: "Major structural damage has been reported to homes and businesses", according to the Weather Channel. Despite weakening to a Category 1 storm, the Federal Emergency Management Agency gives this ominous warning: "Don't focus on the category of the storm".

Several million people could lose power by the time Florence sloshes its way through the state. The eyewall of the storm is spinning on the coast near Topsail Island, but the National Hurricane Center has not confirmed that center of the eye has made landfall.

"We'll operate without power; we have candles".

"It doesn't matter how much money you have or how many generators you have if you can't get gas", she said.

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