Wrightsville Beach 12 brace for Florence to fully make landfall

Olive Hawkins
September 15, 2018

He said parts of North Carolina had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 3 meters. "To those in the storm's path, if you can hear me, please stay sheltered in place".

The organization is sending truckloads of relief supplies that it says will reach over 10,000 of the most vulnerable people impacted by the storm.

Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina Friday morning, bringing howling winds up to 90 miles per hour, reports The Associated Press. "People who live in New Bern have experienced hurricanes before, but it has been a long time since we have experienced something like this".

With graphics depicting an intersection on a street in the American state of North Carolina, the forecaster explains what is likely to happen as the water engulfs the state's coastline amid sound effects of wind, rain and rushing water.

"I about jumped out of my skin", he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Friday morning.

The NWS predicted Florence could drop up to eight months' worth of rain in two or three days.

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

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It is not yet clear whether these people have been successfully rescued.

No deaths have been reported in New Bern, but the situation caused by Hurricane Florence is dire, the mayor said. "We are stuck in the attic". It shows the depth of water in a Belhaven family's garage.

Florence also blew down trees, including one that went through the roof of Kevin DiLoreto's home in Wilmington. Downed trees blocked the road, making it impossible for paramedics to get to her. "It's insane", he said by telephone. Restoring power to all customers could take weeks, it said.

Hurricane Florence began lashing the coast Thursday morning, sending pounding waves ashore and rising storm surge.

On the forecast track, Isaac should move farther away from Lesser Antilles today, and then move across the eastern and central Caribbean Sea through the weekend. The town of Oriental, North Carolina, got more than 50 centimeters just a few hours into the deluge. New Bern police urged anyone who needs assistance or know of people who need assistance to call 911 operators and give specific details, like the person's name, location and possible phone numbers.

She said the shop, with an electric generator, was safer than their nearby home.

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