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

Katie Ramirez
September 14, 2018

"The worst of the storm is not yet here, but these are the early warnings of the days to come", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told reporters just before the hurricane made landfall. We have steps on the sides of the house so it's a few feet off the ground anyway.

The non-emergency call center for Hurricane Florence is 919-996-2999. Move to safety if your home is at risk.

The storm's movement, not its strength, has forecasters and officials anxious.

At least 188,000 people were without power in North Carolina and SC early on Friday.

A member of the U.S. Army walks through floodwaters near the Union Point Park Complex as Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, U.S., September 13, 2018.

The center of the storm is expected to maintain a westward track across southeastern North Carolina Friday and across eastern South Carolina Friday and Saturday. We are more inland from the coast.

Unlike the island of Puerto Rico, where there was no land access, convoys of electrical fix vehicles from all over the country are driving into various points in the Southeastern U.S. - just outside where the "hurricane will have the most impact, ready to go in", Rapuano told reporters Thursday at the Pentagon.

The effects of Hurricane Florence have already arrived on the East Coast of the United States, where massive floods have already begun and as much asthe National Hurricane Center forecasts 40 inches of rain and 11 feet of flooding from the storm surge.

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Tornadoes are also possible.

"North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia are all home to well-known military bases and installations, and the secretary of defense is given authority for life-saving and life-sustaining actions in order to make DoD capabilities immediately available, and local commanders are proactively positioning forces and equipment to be ready".

After all that, what is left of Florence will turn north towards Rochester.

Rescue helicopters and trucks that can navigate floodwaters are also standing by.

The police chief of Wrightsville Beach suggested that those who chose to stay give him their next-of-kin contact information.

"Very eerie, the wind howling, the rain blowing sideways, debris flying", said Orsa, who lives nearby and feared splintering trees would pummel her house. On Friday, he applauded the efforts of emergency responders.

"Incredible job being done by FEMA, First Responders, Law Enforcement and all", he said on Twitter.

He warned residents to be prepared for mass power outages that could last for days or weeks, echoing the sentiments shared by Duke Energy on Wednesday.

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