Hurricane Florence lashes USA east coast, triggers flood warnings

Hurricane Florence's winds start to rake North Carolina coastMore

Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometers).

"The larger and slower the storm is, the greater the threat and impact, and we have that here", NHC Director Ken Graham said Thursday. Categories only represent the speed of sustained winds, and these are still destructive.

Forecasters are calling Hurricane Florence a "generational storm".

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 topping 73 miles per hour. Projections as of 5:00am EST on September 13, 2018.

Storm surge is caused in part by the brunt of hurricane force winds. Like a giant hair dryer, these winds push seawater into low-lying marshland and delta areas.

And the storm is still expected to bring catastrophic winds, rain, storm surges and flooding, the National Hurricane Center briefing said.

Florence's winds and rains continued to batter the Carolinas Friday morning. At the same time, some areas can see up to 15 inches of rain, with a few places experiencing up to 30 inches.

"We lost power at home so we figured we should come to the bar", said Carla Mahaffee, a 33-year-old actor from Wilmington, as she drank a cider.

Given the storms, airlines have urged passengers with trips booked to potentially affected areas to check with their departure airport to make sure flights will take off as planned.

Hurricane Florence's leading edge is battering the Carolina coast, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets, as the hulking storm closes in with 160kph winds for a drenching siege that could last all weekend.

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The next concern for airlines is Tropical Storm Isaac, which threatens to hammer vacation destinations in the Caribbean, as Hurricanes Irma and Maria did past year. North Carolina corrections officials said more than 3,000 people were relocated from adult prisons and juvenile centres in the path of Florence, and more than 300 county prisoners were transferred to state facilities.

The United States Geological Survey recorded flood water 10.01 feet deep in the town of New Bern in North Carolina. Her team manages 32 wild horses living in the Rachel Carson Reserve near Beaufort, North Carolina. "And since we have three dogs and three parrots, they're requesting us to purchase two to six rooms".

Wild horses in the Rachel Carson Reserve in Beaufort, North Carolina will fend for themselves during Hurricane Florence.

Following Hurricane Florence are two more powerful storms crossing the Atlantic, namely Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene.

Asked if he was confident he followed the law, Long shifted the subject back to the storm and repeated the error.

"There definitely is a risk, but the horses are smart".

Browning's choice to stay in the hurricane warning zone wasn't easy, she said, but she "could not find anywhere to go".

He said there are about 7,000 U.S. military forces now in place and ready to respond to the storm - along with ships, helicopters and high-wheeled vehicles.

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