Mandatory evacuation in North Carolina county

Mandatory evacuation in North Carolina county

Mandatory evacuation in North Carolina county

So far, at least five people have died in North Carolina because of the storm. The storm's size and area affected by hazardous winds have actually expanded, and the threat from storm surge and rain-induced flooding "have not changed" tweeted Rick Knabb, The Weather Channel's tropical weather expert and former Hurricane Center director.

Rescue crews used boats to carry more than 360 people from rising water in the river town of New Bern, North Carolina, while many of their neighbours awaited help.

In its latest 1 pm BST update, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said: "Radar data continue to indicate that the maximum sustained winds remain near 50 miles per hour (80 km/h) with higher gusts in heavy rainbands over water". Player said they will be not be announced in advance because some people will misunderstand and immediately go to that shelter. I go into panic mode.

Ten miles (16 km) away in Wilmington, wind gusts were stirring up frothy white caps into the Cape Fear River. "I am frightened about what's coming". "Only communication we have with them is just me flashing my lights to them and I think they have a flashlight they're flickering back to us".

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned against complacency.

Shaken after seeing waves crashing on the Neuse River just outside his house in New Bern, restaurant owner and hurricane veteran Tom Ballance wished he had evacuated. At least five people were killed. "Today the threat becomes a reality".

Hurricane Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks, as the hulking storm closed in with 105 miles per hour winds for a drenching siege that could last all weekend. The main highway in the Outer Banks was closed in parts as seawater pushed in.

Poore said department hydrologists also monitor river levels throughout the state, looking for flooding issues that could affect bridges.

Currently, fewer homeowners in North and SC own flood insurance than they did five years ago.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence will eventually break up over the southern Appalachians and make a right hook to the northeast, its rainy remnants moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England by the middle of next week.

Florence's remnants are expected to keep traveling north and then northeast, and could drop several inches of rain in eastern Tennessee and eastern Kentucky, southwest Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Long before President Donald Trump tossed paper towels to storm-stricken Puerto Ricans and denied Hurricane Maria's reported death toll, his predecessors sometimes struggled to steer the nation through life-and-death emergencies.

Even as Florence's peak winds decreased Wednesday, the storm's wind field grew, the Hurricane Center said.

In Kinston, a city southeast of Raleigh, two people died in the storm. But one Weather Channel meteorologist was caught on Friday exaggerating the storm's power. "Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000".

Trump provided no evidence to support his challenge.

North Carolina Emergency Management and FEMA have staged supplies and equipment strategically to respond to the storm, and first responders across the state are ready. Millions of people are expected to lose power and it could take weeks to resolve the outages. "We got thrown into mailboxes, houses, trees", said Holt, who had stayed at home because of a doctor's appointment that was later canceled.

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