Hurricane Florence Storm Surge Flows Like River Between Houses in Avon

"And I can not stress enough the importance of adhering to the governor's orders for mandatory evacuation".

Sprayberry delivered one of his final briefings before the storm hit on Thursday as Hurricane Florence began her dramatic descent.

"Hurricane Florence was uninvited but she's just about here anyway", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference, warning people not to be complacent just because the storm's winds had diminished.

Thousands of power outages have been reported due to Florence. The storm is then expected to turn westward and then northward through the Carolinas and to the Ohio Valley by Monday, the NHC said. Leaders of the states in the path of the storm have warned people all week to evacuate the most susceptible areas.

Regardless of whether or not Florence moves inland swiftly or stalls, risky surf conditions will extend as far to the north as Nova Scotia, as far to the south as the east-central Florida coast and the northeast-facing shoreline of the Bahamas and as far to the east as Bermuda. But the restaurant had locked its doors only to comply with a police order.

On Thursday morning, a tweet from South Carolina's Emergency Management Division brought this perspective on Florence's sheer size: It's "larger than SC and North Carolina combined".

Atlantic Beach on North Carolina's Outer Banks islands had already received 30 inches (72 cm) of rain, the U.S. Geological Survey said, while more than 25 inches (63 cm) have fallen in the Newport, Morehead City area since Thursday.

Florence, set to make landfall on Friday, was expected to cover nearly all of North Carolina in metres of water, State Governor Roy Cooper told reporters.

The worst storm surge comes in with a hurricane's eye, and it arrives "with a lot of debris to batter you, and it's not particularly survivable", Masters said. Other areas, including the cities of Darlington, S.C., to Greenville, N.C., imposed their own curfews, set to begin Thursday night. Sometimes in the opposite quadrant there's a reverse storm surge that makes the ocean retreat.

"We may have 60 percent of the tobacco harvested in North Carolina".

Elsewhere in Wilmington, Linda Smith, a 67-year-old retired nonprofit director, was concerned as she watched wind gusts stir up frothy white caps on the Cape Fear River. "And remember that rivers keep on rising even after the rain stops".

"This is a very unsafe storm", said FEMA's Long, urging people still in evacuation zones to heed orders to flee to safer ground.

That has left a sort of ghost town. A fourth person was killed in Lenoir County while plugging in a generator, the governor's office said.

About 10 million people live in the storm's path and more than 1 million people had been ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia.

"This time it's important". "And I just don't think that there's a problem that we can't solve".

The danger of chemicals escaping in a storm is real: after Hurricane Harvey a year ago, the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas released a toxic cloud into the nearby community after being flooded and losing power, resulting in hundreds of evacuations. Among the tips: Prepare a safety kit and avoid driving through floodwater. Masters estimated that storm surge caused at least $3 billion in damage, compared with maybe $1 billion for wind damage. "I charged the batteries of my electronic devices, I have beers and video games". "Tons of food, ice, we've already got ice, the cooler's packed".

"Either no (hotel) rooms are available, or we are denied because the breed or size of dogs", she said.

A few yards down the hallway, huddled in blankets, Tony Winborne echoed her concern about those who chose to leave the shelter.

Further south, just north of South America, is where you'll find Tropical Storm Isaac, a system packing maximum winds of around 65 km/h.

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

  • Essie Rivera