Hurricane Florence Storm Surge: The Craziest Videos & Photos

Katie Ramirez
September 16, 2018

Total inundation is likely in portions of eastern and southeastern North Carolina and perhaps the upper part of the SC coast with a storm surge in excess of 10 feet in some areas.

The company said as many as three-fourths of its 4 million customers in North Carolina and SC could lose power.

After reaching a terrifying Category 4 peak of 140 mph earlier in the week, Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line, coming ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.

But North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned: "Don't relax, don't get complacent". "There is probably not a county or a person that will not be affected in some way by this very massive and violent storm".

Small rooms around the main hub and down winding hallways in the center housed officials covering all aspects of the response - sheltering and feeding the displaced, tracking the storm and its potential destruction, search-and-rescue.

In its 0300 GMT advisory, the National Hurricane Center said the maximum sustained winds of Florence were 150kph, dropping it to the weakest of five categories on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Gen. Robert Livingston. "While that rain is still coming down for a couple of days, one to two days later you're going to have stuff coming from North Carolina and things coming in from the Upstate".

Listen up, Mother Nature, we are not about to be hit by a hurricane without putting up a fight the best way we know how...by roasting the storm through the use of jokes on the internet. "You can get storm surge even several miles inland". Paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris.

"Either no (hotel) rooms are available, or we are denied because the breed or size of dogs", she said.

"These bays, these rivers and these inlets, there's so much storm surge the water is being literally forced to flow the opposite direction", Graham said. A spokesman for the town said between 60 and 75 people were awaiting rescue on Saturday morning.

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In fact, the tweet was so disastrous, it was even pushed back by prominent Republicans - which is a rare sight. DeSantis "doesn't believe any loss of life has been inflated", his campaign said in a statement .

"It's really unsafe out right now", Beaufort, NC, Mayor Everette Newton told CNN.

Resident Jay Manning said he and his wife watched with alarm as water filled the street.

Meanwhile, as much as 300 millimeters of rain could fall in the rest of the Carolinas and Virginia, with isolated areas seeing closer to 400 millimeters. "My wife's in a panic right now".

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door-to-door to pull people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse.

He said the magnitude of the storm may exceed the ability of the state-activated National Guard troops.

"I just don't want to leave and take a chance and not be able to get back in", Green said.

Authorities in North Carolina said almost 814,000 customers were without power. Leaders of the states in the path of the storm have warned people all week to evacuate the most susceptible areas.

The flooding soon spread into SC, swamping places like North Myrtle Beach, in a resort area known for its white sands and multitude of golf courses. President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency on the federal level Tuesday for the Carolinas and Virginia. Trump, who spoke with state and local officials on Friday, plans a visit to the region next week.

Nag's Head is located in North Carolina's Outer Banks region, which has been forecast to get slammed by Florence when it hits the state on the morning of September 14.

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