Hurricane Triggers Life-threatening Storm Surge

Hurricane Florence Reduces Its Intensity But Not Its Destructive Power

As Hurricane Florence makes landfall along the coast of North Carolina with winds raging at more than 90 miles per hour, shelters across that state and others are preparing for whatever damage comes next.

In Jacksonville, 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 cinderblock structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse.

As 400-mile-wide Florence pounded away at the coast with torrential downpours and surging seas, rescue crews used boats to reach scores of people besieged by rising waters along a river. But there are still untold numbers of people who are still in their homes - and they may need help soon.

We wrote up the story, laughed about it, and moved on.

Officials say 321,000 people are without power in North Carolina as Florence pounds the area.

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The deaths came as the storm was turning through the southeast part of the state, dumping more than 20 inches of rain in some communities.

Despite the drop in wind strength, the most risky threat comes from Florence's rains and storm surge, which could bring flooding far inland.

Forecasters say "it can not be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard associated with slow-moving Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will be spreading inland".

Hurricane Florence is moving at a speed of 6mph, and as of the NHC update at 5am AST (10am BST), was located 10 miles east of Wilmington. On the morning of September 14, the National Hurricane Centre warned that "catastrophic" flooding and "life-threatening" storm surges were expected to spread inland.

Joyce, with winds extending about 35 miles from its center, is expected to tap the brakes a bit and turn eastward by Friday night, and then accelerate northeastward over the weekend.

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The worst of the storm's fury had yet to reach coastal SC, where emergency managers said it was not too late for people to get out.

The city of New Bern, N.C., reports that some 150 people were awaiting rescue there. The company, which recently hit a $1 trillion valuation, also donated 100,000 food items and more than 30,000 bottles of water to Feeding America, Amazon announced in a blog post.

Another woman died in Pender County, North Carolina, after suffering a medical condition. "I hope we don't but that might be the only thing that would affect us", James said.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm and more than one million were ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia.

"This is an absolute life-threatening scenario", Navarro said.

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