Florence weakens to Category 1 hurricane: NHC

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Two women who were riding out the storm dance to the music outside the Barbary Coast bar in downtown Wilmington, N.C., as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast, September 13, 2018. A mother and infant were killed when a tree fell on their house, WECT reported. The child's injured father was hospitalized. Another 78-year-old man was found dead at his home.

Tom Ballance said his wife went to Atlanta and he stayed behind in their New Bern home with their three dogs and a cat.

Hurricane Florence approaches North and SC, a veteran reporter has issued a dark warning to those refusing to flee. An investigation is underway, but officials said it appears there's no reason for others at the shelter to worry.

Dan Eudy said he and his brother were awakened on Thursday night by the sound of a boat ramming against his front porch.

At 2 a.m. Friday, the city tweeted an ominous message, saying at least 150 people were awaiting rescue.

The eye of Florence directly struck Wrightsville Beach, NC, early Friday.

At 2300 EDT (0300 GMT), the NHC said Florence had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 km), and was slowly drifting westward over SC.

Both North Carolina and SC are updating their lists of emergency shelters for people caught out by the storm.

Just below the border, in Horry County, S.C., officials instituted a curfew on Thursday, to last from 7 p.m.to 7 a.m. every day "until further notice". "A slow motion across portions of eastern and central SC is forecast Friday night through Saturday night".

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

A major natural disaster due to inland flooding will unfold slowly as Florence drifts inland and may linger for days and a week or more after Florence's eventual departure and/or demise. Wilmington is expected to get battered before the storm drifts south.

A surge is also likely along portions of the SC coast.

Catastrophic rainfall is expected to accompany the hurricane's 110 miles per hour winds.

"There is going to be a lot of rain".

About half of all deaths in hurricanes come from storm surge.

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. The rainfall will cause prolonged significant river flooding. SC saw 18.51 inches of rain from Hurricane Jerry in 1995. The rainfall will produce life-threatening flash flooding in Virginia and the Carolinas.

About 800 flights in the region have been canceled ahead of the storm, CNN reported.

Officials say anyone who has not heeded mandatory evacuation orders is on his own. President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency on the federal level Tuesday for the Carolinas and Virginia.

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Hurricane-force winds now extend up to 80 miles and tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 195 miles from the center of the storm.

For days, coastal areas will be bombarded with torrential rain, high winds, coastal erosion and storm surge, while Inland areas will be poured upon. The vivid presentation - powered by the Unreal Engine, most commonly used in video games - seems likely to serve as a more pressing demonstration of the storm's threat than a mere written warning, and that's vitally important for folks in impacted areas.

About 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches, the National Weather Service said. The storm is expected to linger, dumping several centimeters of rain in affected areas and causing widespread destruction.

Rain was falling on the coast Thursday morning from the clouds on the farthest edges of the hurricane. Members of the U.S. National Guard marched in and out of a room nearest the main entrance, their camouflage uniforms standing out in the drab room.

Florence is one of four named storms in the Atlantic.

Florence is now moving to the northwest at 17 km per hour. It's forecast to turn northeastward and accelerate in that direction over the weekend.

Another disturbance is swirling around in the Gulf of Mexico.

Long said the danger was not only along the coast.

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North Carolina emergency management officials said more than 600,000 customers in North Carolina were without power. Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and the rain and storm surge will make Florence extremely risky .


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