Surfers Hit Hurricane Florence Storm Surge in SC

Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence

The coastal area of SC features hundreds of inlets while North Carolina has barrier islands miles away from the mainland.

But that, combined with the storm's slowing forward movement and heavy rains, had North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warning of an impending disaster. "Catastrophic effects will be felt".

A Hurricane warning remains in effect from Edisto Beach in SC to South Santee River in Southern California. "You need to go on and get out now".

Florence's winds had dropped from a peak of 140 miles per hour (225 kph) to 105 miles per hour (165 kph) by midmorning, reducing the hurricane from a terrifying Category 4 to a 2. As Florence moves over land, it is expected to weaken, so some counties won't experience the full impact of a Category 2 hurricane.

Because most are managed as wild animals, numerous horses will be left to fend for themselves, said Paula Gillikin of the North Carolina Coastal Reserve.

Myrtle Beach was virtually deserted with empty streets, boarded up storefronts and very little traffic. "I'm going to Charlotte". The page says service animals aren't barred from evacuation shelters, beaches shouldn't be used for sand bags, and evacuation orders aren't enforced by FEMA.

The storm's center was about 85 miles east-southeast of Wilmington at around 8 p.m. EST.

Weather forecasters have predicted that after hitting North Carolina region, Hurricane Florence may drift towards inland on September 15 (Saturday). Hurricane force winds extended 80 miles from the centre of the storm, while tropical storm force winds extended up to 195 miles.

Strong winds and heavy rains have already begun lashing North Carolina's coastline, leading to some early flooding.

On top of the potentially destructive hurricane, forecasters also put parts of North Carolina on tornado watch.

"We appreciate the patience our customers have shown us in the past and have to beg for more patience this time too", Wheeless said.

Long said the danger was not only along the coast.

Waugh said he's studied five hurricanes in real time and the data gathered from each one have helped people prepare for the next.

Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it's unclear how many did.

Some Carolinians have expressed frustration after evacuating their homes for a storm that was later downgraded - but officials have pushed back at suggestions that Florence's threat has been exaggerated.

This video was shot at Hunting Island State Park near Beaufort, South Carolina, according to Storyful.

"The infrastructure is going to break", he said.

The catastrophe modeling firm said 250,000 homes in North Carolina alone are projected to be affected by the storm.

Officials urged residents there to take shelter at the highest points of their homes, including rooftops. "I'm not leaving him here".

"We'll handle it. We're ready".

"It doesn't matter how much money you have or how many generators you have if you can't get gas", she said. "I learned from the past to keep the ice in the washing machine".

Avair Vereen, 39, took her seven children to a shelter in Conway High School.

"We have a really good game plan after the storm does its damage", said Hernandez. "I've got four cats inside the house".

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