Florence sits on doorstep of Carolinas with projected winds of 100mph

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 15, 2018

Hurricane Florence made landfall as a Category 1 storm on the southern East Coast early Friday morning, bringing with it unrelenting 90 miles per hour winds, a massive storm surge, and heavy rains that will continue to soak the Carolinas for days to come.

And cameras aboard the International Space Station managed to catch incredible footage just a few minutes after the storm's landfall.

FOX Business took a look at the impact the Category 1 storm has already had on some of these businesses operating in the Carolinas. As of Friday morning, Atlantic Beach, a town on North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier island chain, already had received 30 inches (76 cm) of rain, the U.S. Geological Service said.

Florence should continue losing strength as it menders along the coast, weakening further as the storm travels across inland SC on Saturday, the weather service said.

Hurricane Florence is expected to pack a potentially life-threatening punch as it continues its path toward the USA east coast. Areas further from the coast could see 6-12in of rain.

Another Wilmington resident said she did not want to leave because she was afraid to see what she would come back to after the storm.

More than 485,000 homes and businesses were without power in North and SC early on Friday, utility officials said.

With a storm surge warning in effect, the authorities urge people to prepare themselves for the disaster.

Forecasters said conditions will deteriorate as the storm pushes ashore early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and makes its way slowly inland.

The drugstore closed about 100 locations in mandatory evacuation areas in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. "This is extremely unsafe", she adds. Hundreds more had to be rescued elsewhere from rising waters.

"Hurricane Florence is powerful, slow and relentless", he said. Hurricane-force winds extended 130 kilometres from its centre, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 315 kilometres.

Forecasters said that given the storm's size and sluggish track, it could cause epic damage akin to what the Houston area saw during Hurricane Harvey just over a year ago, with floodwaters swamping homes and businesses and washing over industrial waste sites and hog-manure ponds. He was pleased to get the texts, a sign that he still had cell phone reception, and made a decision to go rev up his generator that is now powering is refrigerator and his satellite TV, which he's spent a portion of Friday watching. "If you're called to go, you need to go".

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