'Life-threatening' Hurricane Florence lashing Carolinas

This enhanced satellite image made available by NOAA shows Hurricane Florence off the eastern coast of the United States on Wednesday Sept. 12 2018 at 5:52 p.m. EDT

Like many an East Coast surfer, Barley's been through this before and understands the unpredictability of storms like Florence.

Tropical storm conditions are expected for areas of the Carolinas on Thursday with hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or greater) projected for "late Thursday or Friday". It is an enormous storm, and it's moving slowly.

He said the magnitude of the storm may exceed the ability of the state-activated National Guard troops. "We just need to figure out how to make it through". "This is just a unusual bird".

The outer bands of Hurricane Florence have reached Wilmington, with weather officials saying the storm will bring unprecedented rain to the region. The more it stalls, the more it rains.

Florence is now expected to pass over much of SC, with storm force winds beginning Thursday and hurricane force winds on Friday, said John Quagliariello with the National Weather Service in Columbia.

There is around 156,068 people that have lost power and police have suspended their services in Morehead City and other coastal cities, warning any residents who remain in the evacuation zone that they will be without emergency services until the storm passes.

WXII-TV reports the city of New Bern said Friday that two out-of-state FEMA teams were working on swift-water rescues and more teams were on the way. Water could rise up to 15 feet.

Florence's top winds were clocked on Thursday evening at 90 miles per hour (150 km/h) as it churned in the Atlantic Ocean, down from a peak of 140 miles per hour (224 km/h) earlier this week when it was classified as a Category 4 storm.

"It has moved in", said Jordan Baker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington. For comparison, Hurricane Irene caused a 7-foot surge in 2011, and Hurricane Hazel caused an 18-foot surge in Calabash and Carolina Shores in 1954. Millions of people were expected to lose power from the storm and restoration could take weeks. Forecasts show those currents giving Florence no sense of direction in a day or so.

Long said the danger was not only along the coast. The more the Great Lakes one wins, the more southerly Florence will be.

Computer models of exactly what the storm might do varied, adding to the uncertainty.

Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it's unclear how many did. "The rainfall has been and continues to be a very substantial threat over the entire area".

Hurricanes are violent storms that can bring devastation to coastal areas, threatening lives, homes and businesses. Hurrican Helen, Tropical Storm Isaac, and Subtropical Storm Joyce are all churning. "This large-scale feature is expected to keep the hurricane moving northwestward today, followed by a turn toward the west at a much slower speed on Friday as the ridge to the north of Florence weakens due to a weak shortwave trough dropping slowly southward from the Ohio Valley".



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