More than 20,000 on NC coast already without power from Florence gusts

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Gov. Henry McMaster told reporters Thursday that up to 7 inches of rain in the state's northwestern mountains could mean landslides and unsafe conditions. As of Thursday afternoon the storm was generating sustained winds of 105mph, as storm surge water has begun to rush into homes and streets along beachside communities.

Forecasters say it could slow dramatically when it nears land and then linger until Saturday, moving unpredictably along the coast and bringing torrential rain.

Expected to make landfall by Friday, the impact of the storm will be widespread, with destructive winds, life-threatening storm surge, risky surf, torrential rainfall, flooding and the potential for tornadoes. Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometers). "So will the power lines, as the trees fall down". "The storm surge forecast associated with this storm has not changed". The storm surge could rise up to 13 feet - that's water inundating homes up to the first-floor ceiling, the National Hurricane Center said.

Helene is now in the Atlantic Ocean following behind Hurricane Florence, which was expected to hit the eastern coast of the United States late Thursday or early Friday. Widespread rainfall amounts could reach 152mm to 300mm, spurring flooding. But, Hill added, those lane reversals will end soon: "At that point, they'll shut 'em down for the incoming storm".

A man rides his bike as the Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, Sept. 13, 2018.

At last report, the storm was about 180 kilometers east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina and about 270 kilometers east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Although the storm is approaching the USA coastline as a Category 2 hurricane after weakening from a Category 4 storm, that doesn't mean the storm will be gentle. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

Town Manager Mike Cramer said law enforcement officers will try to assess how many people are still on the island immediately south of Wilmington.

"It's still going to be the same result with the amount of water that's being pushed on shore", he explained.

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SC officials say more than 400,000 people have evacuated the state's coast and more than 4,000 people have taken refuge in shelters as Hurricane Florence approaches.

Hurricane Hazel struck the North and SC border area 64 years ago in 1954.

The impact of storm surge on the coast will depend on whether the storm's arrival coincides with high tide. North Carolina alone could get from 20 to 30 inches, with isolated spots possibly receiving 40 inches.

People have been ordered to evacuate the Carolinas ahead of strong winds and heavy rain as the hurricane lands.

It has become likely that the storm will reverse course early next week and turn back north toward West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, albeit significantly weakened. As of 8 a.m., the hurricane is predicted to make landfall along the coast of the Carolinas tomorrow (Sept. 14), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center. I believe that was a Category 1 storm when it hit Charlotte. Conditions will gradually deteriorate from here as Florence crawls ashore in the next 24-36 hours.

"Catastrophic damage will occur: A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse".

Duke Energy Corp expected between 25 percent and 75 percent of its 4 million customers would lose power in the Carolinas. "If it's my time to go, I'll go".

Other bars in North Carolina stayed open on Wednesday night (amid warnings to evacuate) and advertised local beer, pizza and vodka, the Daily Mail reported.

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