Hurricane Florence begins battering the Carolinas

Pablo Tucker
September 14, 2018

The Weather Channel produced a terrifying Hurricane Florence weather forecast using a visualization to show the horrifying reality of what 9-foot flood waters might look like in North Carolina.

If you're anxious about flooding away from the coast, then the Southeast River Forecast Center is your go-to stop.

All of the areas where calls for help have come were under mandatory evacuation orders beginning at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Storm surges as high as 7 to 11 feet remain threats from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout in North Carolina, with life-threatening surges up to 6 feet possible across a much wider area. And although Maryland is forecast to largely escape the wrath of Florence, the zoo is preparing to keep animals safe should the storm turn north.

The town of Oriental had gotten more than 457mm of rain just a few hours into the deluge, while Surf City had 355mm and it was still coming down.

New Bern, which sits along the Neuse River, has seen massive flooding and damage from the storm.

"It truly is really about the whole size of the storm", said National Hurricane Center head Ken Graham.

The path of Hurricane Florence sees it going over some of the poorest areas on the eastern seaboard. "People think we're taking animals that have been stranded from the storm".

National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear predicted Florence would drop up to eight months' worth of rain in two or three days. She said a hurricane has a way of bringing everyone to the same level.

The simulation even includes a auto floating behind her as Navarro warns that rising water levels "could even float some cars".

On social media, people caught in the storm are posting dramatic videos of flooding and high winds. "The water looming over Dr. Navarro is a brilliant way of showing the dangers of storm surge".

Hurricane Irma destroyed Kathy Griffin's house in Florida past year, and it could be days before she finds out whether Florence smashed her fifth-story condominium in Wrightsville Beach, where authorities said utilities could be out for days or weeks. Near Wilmington alone, Duke Energy reported 67 percent of its customers - 86,000 - had lost power.

He added that the storm is moving so slowly - approximately five miles per hour - that he will be in the eye for quite a while. Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 kilometres) from its centre, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometres).

Horton pleaded for volunteers to take in their animals for the duration of the storm, a common, plaintive refrain at other shelters across the area. "I should stay in my house, where I have water and food".

The worst of the storm's fury had yet to reach coastal SC, where emergency managers said it was not too late for people to get out. "We have an old jail building, and there was a sally port where vehicles could drive down into it", she says.

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