Hurricane Florence brings flooding; mother, baby die after tree falls on home

1 Hurricane Florence Could Bring Up To 30 Inches Of Rain To Carolinas

Here are five frightening things about Hurricane Florence that meteorologists are reporting.

As of 10am Thursday (local time), Florence's top winds were 177km/h, and it was marching northwest at16km/h, about 257km east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and 329km east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The National Hurricane Center warned the threat of tornadoes was increasing as Florence neared shore and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said the heavy rains could trigger landslides in the western part of his state.

This same zone will be hammered by winds gusting up to hurricane force for almost a day while tropical-storm conditions could linger twice that long.

Screaming winds bent trees toward the ground and raindrops flew sideways as Florence's leading edge whipped the Carolina coast Thursday to begin an onslaught that could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas.

In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate. "Once you leave, you don't know how many days it will be before you can return", she said.

The next day, he rescinded the order when it appeared the storm was shifting north. An isolated tornado is not out of the question, especially in North Carolina. A few spotty downpours will be possible to go along with wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour.

Florence, though downgraded to a Category 2 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, remained risky and unpredictable, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. We will feel the impacts even if the track has shifted southward.

"This is still a very, very risky storm, not only on the coast but also in the interior of the state", said South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, R.

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The numbers are expected to soar as the storm's winds and torrential rains sweep over more land.

Don't pay too much attention to the storm's "category" - the fact that Florence is now a Category 1, for example. We'll be watching radar closely for any area of rotation.

Coastal flooding is a major concern due to high storm surge and potentially 20 to 30 inches of rainfall through the weekend.

At their highest, storm surges will advance well into the land of North Carolina, with heights of 9-13 ft from Cape Fear NC to Cape Lookout NC. This general motion, accompanied by a further decrease in forward speed, is expected to continue through today.

The storm's outer bands lashed towns on the barrier islands and on some of the Tar Heel State's rivers, as the center of the cyclone moved to make a probable Friday landfall.

Hurricane Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks, as the hulking storm closed in with 90 miles per hour winds for a drenching siege that could last all weekend.

A slow motion across portions of eastern SC is forecast Friday night through Saturday night.Data from the aircraft and Doppler weather radars indicate that maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 105 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Gusty winds may reach 30mph or better as the center of circulation moves through.

Florence is a large hurricane.

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