Tropical cyclones Florence and Mangkhut pose threats - Philippines

A car drives through a road as it slowly begins to flood as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches on Tuesday Sept. 4 2018 in Dauphin Island Ala

Duke Energy estimated one to three million power outages across the Carolinas from Hurricane Florence. Some area residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit. But authorities warned Florence has an enormous wind field that has been growing larger, raising the risk of the ocean surging on to land and making Florence extremely risky. Effective at 8 p.m. Tuesday, the Coast Guard Sector San Juan captain of the port set port condition X-ray for the USVI and Puerto Rico due to the expectation of sustained gale force winds of 25 mph and gusts up to 40 mph generated by tropical storm Isaac that may arrive within 48 hours.

Dangerous Hurricane Florence edged closer Thursday to delivering a powerful blow to the east coast of the United States, with forecasters warning of life-threatening rainfall and flooding even as it weakened to a Category 2 storm. The destructive storm surge will occur as the hurricane's eye comes ashore from Thursday night into Friday, the Weather Channel said, and coastal flooding may persist through multiple high tide cycles into this weekend east of the center of Florence.

"We lost power at home so we figured we should come to the bar", said Carla Mahaffee, a 33-year-old actor from Wilmington, as she drank a cider.

About 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million live in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches, the National Weather Service said.

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It's only the 15th time in the last 60 years that a T10 alert has been hoisted; the last was for super typhoon Hato last year. Before the storm made landfall, Civil Defense used that knowledge to pre-position hundreds of thousands of food packs.


In New Bern, about 90 miles northeast of Wilmington at the confluence of two rivers, Florence overwhelmed the town of 30,000 and left the downtown area under water. "If they're telling you to leave, you have to leave", Graham said. And if local officials recommend evacuation, evacuate immediately.

"It certainly is a challenge forecasting precise impacts when its exact track won't be known until a day in advance", Landsea said: There's "a huge difference" in the size and type of damage Florence inflicts if it stays 50 miles (80 kilometres) off shore versus heading inland immediately.

"The time to prepare is nearly over", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a morning news conference.

Port of Wilmington, North Carolina, extended operating hours for trains and trucks to clear cargo containers from the complex.

Hundreds rescued in New Bern as waters rose
It remained a Category 1 hurricane with top sustained winds of 80 miles per hour , but stronger gusts have been reported. Hurricane Florence has claimed the lives of four people in North Carolina, and left hundreds of thousands without power.


She said: "Helene is moving up from the Atlantic towards us".

Forecasters anxious the storm's damage will be all the worse if it lingers on the coast. The flooding in southeast North Carolina and northeast SC might be "unprecedented", according to the agency.

If the European model is true or the overall trend persists, University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy said it "is exceptionally bad news, as it smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge".

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