Hurricane Florence starts flooding parts of the Carolinas

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

Four deaths have already been attributed to Hurricane Florence after it made landfall in North Carolina early Friday, pushing a life-threatening storm surge of floodwater miles inland and ripping apart buildings with screaming wind and pelting rain.

Storm surge triggered by Hurricane Florence could be seen slamming into a house on stilts in Nag's Head, North Carolina, on September 13. It's unclear just how bad it's going to be.

To keep your food fresh during a power outage, one helpful tip is to do not forget to keep the refrigerator set to 35 degrees before the storm hits.

There are fears that this storm could cause damage similar to what Houston suffered during Hurricane Harvey past year, when homes and businesses were inundated with floodwater. "They have a team where one will being there during the storm and they had me put on the team to come on after". A Category 5 hurricane (which means winds of 157 miles per hour or higher) is more likely to destroy a building, but heavier rainfall makes it easier to drown in that building.

"Against my better judgment, due to emotionalism, I evacuated", said Fisher, 74.

A view of Hurricane Florence is shown churning in the Atlantic Ocean in a west, north-westerly direction heading for the eastern coastline of the United States, taken by cameras outside the International Space Station, September 12, 2018.

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North Carolina alone could see the equivalent of eight months of rain over two or three days, National Weather Service meteorologist Brandon Locklear said.

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In Shallotte, N.C., a coastal town near the border with SC, emergency orders forced a Waffle House to shut down - an act that was widely seen as a sign of respect for Florence's imposing size and strength. The forward speed of the storm has slowed so the impacts will start to intensify and linger.

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

HO/AFP/Getty Images In this September 12, 2018 photo provided by NASA, hurricane Florence churns over the Atlantic Ocean heading for the USA east coast as seen from the International Space Station. In some counties, almost 1 in 3 people live below the poverty line. "Today the threat becomes a reality", according to The Associated Press.

Because most are managed as wild animals, numerous horses will be left to fend for themselves, said Paula Gillikin of the North Carolina Coastal Reserve.

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The hurricane was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as sluggish and unprepared for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico previous year.

Her neighbors gave her the key to their house, which is two stories and might be safer from flooding, she said.

Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms. They've also been praying, singing songs in their native language.

"If you find yourself here [in rising floodwaters], you need to get out", she said.

"We're avoiding euthanasia at all costs", Pender County Animal Shelter manager Jewel Horton told The Washington Post. More than 1 million people had been ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia and thousands moved to emergency shelters, officials said.

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