Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Fewer Households in Hurricane Florence’s Path Have Flood Insurance Than in 2013

Fewer Households in Hurricane Florence’s Path Have Flood Insurance Than in 2013

Hurricane Florence's sustained wind speeds have lessened slightly to 105 miles per hour, but the storm is already bringing surges and tropical storm winds to the North Carolina shore, the National Hurricane Center said in an 11 a.m. briefing.

In addition to inundating the coast with wind-driven storm surges of seawater as high as 9 feet along the Carolina coast, Florence could dump 20 to 30 inches of rain, with up to 40 inches in parts of North Carolina, the NHC said.

In the 11 p.m. ET advisory, Florence was 280 miles southeast of Wilmington, NC, packing maximum-sustained winds of 110 mph and moving to the northwest at 17 mph.

Just as Hurricane Florence closes in on the Southeast, the area covered by hurricane-force winds has doubled - meaning far more people will get blasted with winds 74 miles per hour or greater.

The 400-mile wide storm is predicted to start slamming the N.C. coast Thursday night to early Friday, then weaken to a tropical storm as it drifts into SC, said John Quagliariello, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Columbia.

President Donald Trump has declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, and 1.7 million people have been warned to leave.

In the Historic Triangle, a coastal flood warning is in effect for James City County, Williamsburg and York County through 6 a.m. Sunday.

Tens of thousands of homes and businesses could be flooded in North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper warned.

The Hurricane Florence has began to unleash fierce rains across the U.S. southeast.

You can also review the South Carolina Emergency Management Division's checklist for preparation.

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The hurricane centre's best guess was that Florence's eye would blow ashore as early as Friday afternoon (Saturday NZT) around the North Carolina-South Carolina line. Also, the hurricane-force winds and tropical storm-force winds have been expanding.

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"I'm not approaching Florence from fear or panic", said Mr Brad Corpening, 35, who planned to ride out the storm in his boarded-up delicatessen in Wilmington.

Duke Energy, the nation's No 2 power company, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks.

So we could have two landfalls - one around Wilmington and then one near Myrtle Beach or even south of there.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic basin, Tropical Storm Isaac will strike the islands of the Lesser Antilles, with Guadeloupe, Dominica and Martinique under a tropical storm warning.

Cheryl Browning lives with her husband and son, who has terminal cancer, in Richlands, North Carolina.

Roslyn Fleming, 56, said her granddaughter was baptized in the inlet near where she lives in the coastal community of Sea Breeze and on Thursday morning she used her iPad to make a video of the scene. REUTERS/Randall HillResidents prepare a house with storm shutters ahead of Hurricane Florence in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, U.S. September 12, 2018.

This shift to the south certainly brings Charlotte into play for much heavier rainfall, and I think that's going to be the biggest issue that we're going to have to deal with in the Charlotte area is soaking heavy rains that could fall not only over a day but maybe several days after landfall.

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