Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall in N. Carolina

Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall in N. Carolina

Hurricane Florence was making landfall on the North Carolina coast, bringing with it life-threatening storm surge, heavy rain and sustained winds of 90 miles per hour.

"More people die from storm surge than any proponent of hurricanes", Kottlowsk tells TIME.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", New Bern city officials said on Twitter.

Coastal streets in the Carolinas flowed with frothy ocean water, and at least 510,000 homes and businesses were without power, almost all of them in North Carolina, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the nation's electrical grid.

The effects of Hurricane Florence have already arrived to the US East Coast, where the National Hurricane Center forecasts as much as 40 inches of rain and 11 feet of flooding from storm surge in some places.

"What we're seeing. of course we have floods, storm surge, wind", Parker says.

The hurricane was seen as a major test for the country's Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico previous year. "We have two boats and all our worldly possessions", said Susan Patchkofsky, who refused her family's pleas to evacuate and stayed at Emerald Isle with her husband.

Hurricane Florence won't just leave fallen trees and flooded streets in its wake.

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While forecasters have been keeping a close eye on the storm from the ground, the International Space Station watched the slow-moving hurricane make landfall from above.

As Hurricane Florence slams North Carolina, the riverfront city of New Bern is already feeling the impacts. Significant weakening is expected over the weekend.

Authorities said more than 60 people, including many children and pets, had to be evacuated from a hotel in Jacksonville, North Carolina, after strong winds caused parts of the roof to collapse. "I hope we don't but that might be the only thing that would affect us", James said. The company, which recently hit a $1 trillion valuation, also donated 100,000 food items and more than 30,000 bottles of water to Feeding America, Amazon announced in a blog post.

But one innovative weather report has been praised for showing exactlyhow high water levels could get thanks to the storm.

"Very eerie, the wind howling, the rain blowing sideways, debris flying", said Orsa, who lives nearby and feared splintering trees would pummel her house.

U.S. President Donald Trump took a moment on Friday to thank those responding to emergencies across the Carolinas.

New Hanover County officials said Thursday morning that it could accept more residents seeking shelter at Trask Middle School, Eaton Elementary School, Codington Elementary School, the Johnson Pre-K Center and Noble Middle School.

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