Hurricane Florence Could Bring Up To 30 Inches Of Rain To Carolinas

Katie Ramirez
September 15, 2018

Democrat McCaskill leads Republican Hawley by 3 points in Missouri Senate race Pence cancels trip to Georgia after Hurricane Florence path changes Trump's school safety commission will not support age limits for gun purchases: report MORE declared Thursday that his administration is "completely ready" for Hurricane Florence's expected landfall along the East Coast. Hurricane-force winds extended 90 miles (150 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometers).

Florence is lashing the state with "heavy rainbands with tropical-storm-force winds spreading across the Outer Banks and Coastal Southeastern North Carolina", the briefing said.

While the storm has since weakened, a storm surge of more than 12-feet and almost 30-inches of rain is still expected.

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

FlightAware expects the number of cancellations to rise, although "the limited number of hubs being impacted by Florence will likely limit the scale of disruption that cascades through the national air travel system", spokeswoman Sara Orsi said in a statement.

In the North Carolina town of Rodanthe, on Hatteras Island, Rebecca Well Hooper shot video of the pier early Thursday afternoon. "Once the storm moves further inland to Atlanta and Charlotte, the biggest issue will be rain and thunderstorms", she said.

"I'm staying. The building's solid and Buddha will protect us", she told AFP news agency.

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Forecasters say the center of the eye of Florence has made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina.

"You need to be prepared to be without power for weeks", Holding said, pointing out that Hurricane Fran knocked out power for two weeks and Hurricane Matthew left him without power for five days.

To put the rain in perspective, Wilmington's three-day rainfall record was 19.66 inches set in 2010, said Jordan Baker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington.

This stream shows the boardwalk at Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, near Myrtle Beach.

Here is the latest forecast bubble for the storm ...

As of Thursday morning, forecast models showed the storm bringing more rain than originally thought - officials now predict 35 inches of rain will fall in a two-day period as Florence, now a Category 2 storm with 110 miles per hour sustained winds, will stall over Wilmington after making landfall early Friday morning. "Residents in the path of these devastating storms should comply with all evacuation orders and other emergency instructions".

Myrtle Beach International Airport in SC has also suspended commercial operations, and urges passengers to check with their airlines - not the airport - about upcoming itineraries. Most other beachgoers were long gone.

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