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

Pablo Tucker
September 15, 2018

Millions of people could lose power across North and SC.

The storm has sustained wind speeds of 90 miles per hour, and a total of 40 inches of rain could fall over the next few days, according to the National Hurricane Center.

"Some of the rainfall totals we're getting are already adding up to about 14 inches", NHC Director Ken Graham said shortly after 11 a.m. ET.

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.

The storm surge will be near and to the right of where the eye of the hurricane makes landfall. "From 8 a.m.to noon, the center will drift inland across southern North Carolina, and that is when we will see the strongest winds", said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. While winds blow onshore Friday through Monday, rainfall runoff will pile on top of the storm surge in some locations, particularly around inlets where rivers drain into the Atlantic Ocean, like Cape Fear and Jacksonville.

Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles from its center.


The Wilmington airport had a wind gust clocked at 105 miles per hour (169 kph), the highest since Hurricane Helene in 1958, the weather service said.

As of 1 p.m. ET, more than a foot of rain had fallen in many towns in southeastern North Carolina.

But that, combined with the storm's slowing forward movement and heavy rains, had Gov. Roy Cooper warning of an impending disaster.

More than 1.7 million people in Virginia, North and SC were told to evacuate ahead of Florence's arrival.

In South Carolina, a shelter at Goose Creek High School in Charleston County was similarly full by Thursday night.

Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.


Issac is expected to slowly drift through the eastern and central Caribbean waters through the weekend, not too far from Jamaica, but won't be much of a threat.

The enormous, slow-moving storm has caused many businesses in its path to close its doors, including a number of big automakers and retailers. The few cars out on a main street in Wilmington had to swerve to avoid fallen trees, metal debris and power lines.

Winds and rain were arriving later in SC, and a few people were still walking on the sand at Myrtle Beach while North Carolina was getting pounded.

As it moves inland, the storm is expected to bring its high winds and intense rain bands across the southeastern corner of North Carolina and a large chunk of SC.

The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Florence has finally made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina.

More than 3,000 inmates at North Carolina prisons and juvenile detention centers were moved out of the storm's path.


In a display of the early effects of the storm, one flood gauge on the Neuse River in New Bern, North Carolina, showed 10 feet (three meters) of flooding, the NHC said.

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