Local woman stays in North Carolina despite arrival of Hurricane Florence

Katie Ramirez
September 15, 2018

Inland flooding near New Bern, North Carolina caused by Hurricane Florence's storm surge as predicted by the ADCIRC computer model. As of Thursday afternoon, the storm center is still just over 100 miles from Wilmington, N.C., and the eye is projected to make landfall early Friday.

Florence is now a Category 1 storm with a 10-foot storm surge, according to the National Weather Service.

Florence is widely seen as a test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), whose capabilities were stretched thin past year as it responded to three major hurricanes.

"Go ahead and go - even those who are season-veterans that weathered other storms in the past", Knight said. Virginia, in fact, has issued mandatory evacuations for coastal areas of the state.

Steve Shumake, disaster action team coordinator for the Central SC region of the Red Cross, said evacuees should bring their own pillows and blankets, 4 to 7 days of necessary medications, any medical equipment they need and children's activities and comfort items.

This same zone will be hammered by winds gusting up to hurricane force for almost a day while tropical-storm conditions could linger twice that long.

A high definition camera outside the International Space Station captured a NASA view of Hurricane Florence on September 12, 2018.

He spent the last few hours of calm before the storm visiting those who stayed, collecting contact information for their next-of-kin.

Surges up to 4 meters could inundate Cape Fear, North Carolina to Cape Lookout, North Carolina, with smaller surges ranging from half a meter to 3 meters in coastal areas from Edisto Beach, South Carolina to coastal areas extending north into North Carolina. Noting the heavy bands on the hurricane's northeast quadrant, he added, "We are on the bad side of this storm".

North Carolina governor Roy Cooper warned: "Don't relax, don't get complacent".

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In South Carolina, officials urged residents to prepare for wind, rain, extended power outages, downed trees and even potential mudslides as the storm hovers over the state and dumps millions of gallons of rainwater, as Hurricane Harvey did in the Houston area previous year.

As Florence drew near, President Donald Trump tweeted that FEMA and first responders are "supplied and ready", and he disputed the official conclusion that almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico, claiming the figure was a Democratic plot to make him look bad.

"3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico", Trump said on Twitter.

The hurricane was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico a year ago. "Today the threat becomes a reality", he said.

Gov. Henry McMaster has ordered the evacuation of most of the state's coastline as the storm approaches.

Storm surge warnings were issued from South Santee River in SC to Duck, North Carolina. They also have three dogs and three parrots.

The hospital's president, Ronnie Sloan, said it is remaining open for "the same reason we got into health care". "We're able", he said.

South Carolina's state capital Columbia is at only 89m (292ft).

The town is less than 5 feet above sea level, and officials worry that as many as 1,000 of its 6,300 residents are planning to stay.

Florence is one of four named storms in the Atlantic.

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