'The Storm's Pretty Intense Right Now': Wilmington Resident Riding Out Hurricane Florence

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As Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach on the North Carolina coast, bringing sustained winds of 68 miles per hour and a flooding storm surge, at least three other named storms are still churning in the Atlantic.

Its storm surge and the prospect of 1 to 3 feet of rain were considered an even bigger threat than its winds, which dropped way down from a terrifying 140 miles per hour - Category 4 - earlier in the week.

It has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm, but forecasters say Hurricane Florence is still capable of delivering a lethal punch.

While the center of the storm appeared to take it away from Maryland's Atlantic coast and the Chesapeake Bay, a projection by the National Weather Service showed Florence curling northward up the Appalachian Mountain range after it moves inland over North and SC.

Harvey caused extreme flooding in downtown Houston and the surrounding areas, earning it the title of the costliest disaster in 2017.

FEMA and the National Weather Service also urged residents along the coast to evacuate.

About 800 flights in the region have been canceled ahead of the storm, CNN reported.

The centre of the hurricane's eye came ashore at about 7.15am EDT (7.15pm Singapore time) near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina, with sustained winds of 150kmh, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said.

In addition, hurricane-strength winds are predicted to batter everything in the storm's path.

States up and down the East Coast have a great potential for severe weather.

Officials in several states declared a state of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas were still recovering from summer storms.

Mr Cooper's office said the current emergency declaration was helping state officials prepare for the storm.

As Americans in North and SC begin to feel the effects of Hurricane Florence, The Weather Channel has reminded viewers of how unsafe storm surges can be.

A hurricane warning is in effect for South Santee River, SC, north to Duck, NC, and the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. But the danger comes not so much from the wind as from the storm surges, which could raise the sea level to 4 meters in some points and flood the coast.

Areas along the coast from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, NC, including the Neuse, Pamlico, Pungo and Bay rivers may experience storm surges from 9 to 13 feet.

Life-threatening storm surge is being reported along the coast of the Carolinas. "The water looming over Dr. Navarro is a brilliant way of showing the dangers of storm surge".

By the time Florence moves through early Saturday, it will leave heavy rain totals in its wake, forecasters said. As in past storm events, these animal are taken to other shelters including those in the NY area. Tropical Storm Olivia made a double landfall in Hawaii Wednesday morning, first in west Maui then Lanai, KHNL reports. "Significant river flooding is expected as a result of excessive rainfall across area hydrologic basins". Southeast GA looks to experience the lower end of tropical storm criteria. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands face possible isolated amounts of 3 inches.

A North Carolina TV station had to evacuate its newsroom in the middle of Hurricane Florence coverage as floodwaters surrounded the building. It is expected to turn away from the U.S. And newly formed Subtropical Storm Joyce is not expected to threaten land soon.

Another disturbance is swirling around in the Gulf of Mexico. The hurricane center is giving the system a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm within the next five days.

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