Hurricane Florence: South Carolina vs. Marshall matchup canceled due to storm

Hurricane Florence: South Carolina vs. Marshall matchup canceled due to storm

Hurricane Florence: South Carolina vs. Marshall matchup canceled due to storm

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Blowing ashore with howling 90 miles per hour winds, Florence splintered buildings, trapped hundreds of people and swamped entire communities along the Carolina coast Friday in what could be just the opening act in a watery, two-part, slow-motion disaster.

The center of the hurricane's eye came ashore at about 7:15 a.m. EDT (1115 GMT) near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina, with sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

The governor of neighbouring North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination, and parts of coastal Dare County, while a state of emergency was declared in Virginia. "There is probably not a county or a person that will not be affected in some way by this very massive and violent storm".

"I had a lot of fear initially, but I am glad to be inside and safe", said Ms Zelda Allen, 74, a retired tax accountant from Hampstead, North Carolina, who was riding out the storm at Wilmington's Hotel Ballast with her husband. The child's injured father was taken to hospital.

On the mainland in New Bern, the authorities said more than 100 people had to be saved from floods, and that the downtown area was under water.

Resident Jay Manning said he and his wife watched with alarm as water filled the street. "My wife's in a panic right now".

And yet another tropical storm formed in the Atlantic Thursday night.

Speaking at the White House, Trump said "protection of life is the absolute highest priority".


Florence was a Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale with 120-mph winds on Thursday. The slow forward motion means Florence will batter the area with heavy rainfall, producing up to 40 inches in coastal North Carolina and northeastern SC.

The National Hurricane Center's says it expects Florence will blow ashore as early as Friday afternoon around the North Carolina-South Carolina line, then slog westward with a potential for catastrophic inland flooding.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm. That happened a year ago when Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 150 centimeters (60 inches) of rain on the Houston, Texas, area.

At least 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia have been warned to evacuate, and others are hunkering down.

Besides threatening destruction to the Carolinas, Florence also poses political risk to Trump, who sought to encourage the nation in a series of tweets and statements while shifting blame to local officials.

Besides inundating the coast with wind-driven storm surges of seawater as high as 13 feet (4 meters) along the Carolina coast, Florence could dump 20 to 30 inches (51-76 cm) of rain, with up to 40 inches in parts of North Carolina, the NHC said.

"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 off shore versus heading inland immediately. "But no matter how bad it's going to be, it will pass and our job will be to rebuild this community together, and that's what we're going to do".

Torrential rains brought about significant flooding in some areas, with the rains expected to continue over Oahu through Thursday.

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