FEMA update on Hurricane Florence

FEMA update on Hurricane Florence

FEMA update on Hurricane Florence

Florence made landfall about 7:15 a.m.as a Category 1 hurricane, with winds of about 90 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence will eventually make a right hook to the northeast over the southern Appalachians, moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England as a tropical depression by the middle of next week.

Video below shows huge waves and storm surge crashing into a structure in North Topsail Beach.

Location of Florence: By 7:35 a.m. Friday, the hurricane was about 5 miles (55 km) east of Wilmington and was crawling at 6 mph (9 kmh).

Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com said Florence could dump a staggering 18 trillion gallons of rain during a week on North Carolina, South Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland.

Some areas could receive as much as 40 inches (one meter) of rain, forecasters said. Despite its unpredictable path, it was forecast to make landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina, at midday on Friday.

Hurricane Florence rolled ashore in North Carolina with howling 90 miles per hour winds and terrifying storm surge early Friday, trapping hundreds of people in high water as it settled in for what could be a long and extraordinarily destructive drenching.

Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles. Forecasters said the torrents could continue for days, touching off disastrous flooding.

The city of New Bern, North Carolina has promised that help is on its way to 150 people trapped by Hurricane Florence's inundation of the small town.

At least 12,000 people had taken refuge in 126 emergency shelters, Governor Cooper said, with more facilities being opened.

"A basketball sized hole was found in a corner room by an Officer", officials said.

This was the scene in New Bern, North Carolina.

WHAT'S HAPPENING: Florence will pose fatal threat for days

Key warnings published by the NHC at 5 a.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

The Miami-based center had said earlier Friday Florence's arrival would come with "catastrophic" fresh water flooding over portions of the Carolinas. Officials said about 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it was unclear how many did. City spokeswoman Colleen Roberts tells WRAL-TV that 200 people have already been rescued.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", New Bern city officials said on Twitter. Storm surge up to 11-feet in the Wilmington area still pose a real danger to property and people. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU".

Vickie Grate, left, waits in a shelter with her son Chris, center, and his girlfriend Sarah for Hurricane Florence to pass after evacuating from their nearby homes, in Conway, South Carolina on September 12, 2018.

Forecasters say Florence is now a tropical storm but will continue to threaten North and SC with powerful winds and catastrophic freshwater flooding. The life-threatening hurricane, which was at Category II yesterday, is expected to hover over the Carolinas with torrential rain, high winds and massive coastal erosion.

The center said a gauge in Emerald Isle, N.C., recorded seven feet above normal water levels.

Florence is forecast to significantly weaken as it crawls across central South Carolina Saturday.

"This rainfall will produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding".

The storm's intensity diminished as it neared land, with winds dropping to around 90mph.

"And when the tide comes back up around noon, we will be inundated with additional storm surge", she said.

The drama was unfolding in the riverfront town of New Bern, which was hit by a huge storm surge as the sprawling Category 1 hurricane came close to making landfall. Florence is nearing the coast and is now a Cat 2 Hurricane.

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