Hurricane Florence weakens to Category 1 storm

Hurricane Florence Path of massive Category 2 storm reaches Carolina coast bringing fierce wind rain and flooding

Hurricane Florence Path of massive Category 2 storm reaches Carolina coast bringing fierce wind rain and flooding

Despite its unpredictable path, it was forecast to make landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina, at midday on Friday.

In Morehead City, the rain and surf pounded the shoreline and took aim at the few boats still in the water.

Avair Vereen, 39, took her seven children to a shelter in Conway High School near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

A hotter atmosphere can also hold more water, so this should allow hurricanes to dump more water on affected areas. At Cape Lookout there were sustained winds of 83 miles per hour and gusts of 106.

Tropical-storm force winds are already blowing across the coast with hurricane conditions expected to arrive early Friday.

Hurricane Florence, which is nearing the US East Coast, could kill "a lot of people", officials warn.

State officials and the National Weather Service warned the storm's weakening only relates to wind speed, not the storm surges or flooding that will accompany the hurricane.

In addition, the threat of storm surges looms for areas in the path of the storm, meaning life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland is possible.

Florence's center will approach the North and SC coasts late Thursday and Friday.

As of Friday afternoon Australian time, Florence was centred about 55 kilometres east of Wilmington, North Carolina. That's enough to fill more than 15 million Olympic-size swimming pools.

"There is some damage. but it is still standing strong".

"What we've seen as far as people actually evacuating, just from monitoring evacuation routes, seems there's been a pretty light amount of people evacuating", Ms. Norton said.

Many people who stay say they want to protect their property from nature and looters.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for.

"The shelters are not taking dogs", Ramirez said.

Many of them were staging at the Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons. Anyone in an evacuation zone in the Carolinas and Virginia must leave NOW if they haven't yet.

"But we can't replace us so we chose to come here".

"I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", he said. "So since we can't find anything within our means. we've opted to stay".

"Against my better judgment, due to emotionalism, I evacuated", said Fisher, 74. "But I think it'll be OK".

"While we expect an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 40 inches of rain, extensive inland flooding and storm surge flooding from Florence, Hurricane Harvey unleashed more than 60 inches of rain locally centered around the United States' fourth largest city, Houston, which has a population of 2.3 million", AccuWeather Founder and President Dr. Joel N. Myers said.

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Tens of thousands of people are already without power.

The power outages started in earnest Thursday night.

"There's going to be really nowhere for anybody to go", said Chief House with Wrightsville Beach Police. Montgomery said calling the number a couple of times will not make a difference.

With the hurricane beginning to batter North Carolina, the state's Governor has asked US President Donald Trump for another federal disaster declaration beyond what he declared earlier this week.

And yet another tropical storm formed in the Atlantic Thursday night.

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