Hurricane Florence: What storm surge could look like on East Coast

Hurricane Florence: What storm surge could look like on East Coast

The outer bands of wind and rain from Hurricane Florence began lashing North Carolina on Thursday as the monster storm moved in for an extended stay along the Southeastern coast, promising to drench the properties of 10 million people with huge amounts of water. The New York Times reported that Duke Energy, the Carolinas' major power supplier, said as many as 3 million people could lose power.

Meteorologists say the leading edge of Florence has arrived in North Carolina, with tropical storm-force winds carrying drenching bands of rainfall onto some beach communities.

The National Hurricane Center predicts the hurricane will cause up to 13 feet of storm surge on the East Coast.

"We have prepared everything", he says, "to have enough food, water, batteries, radio, first-aid supplies, and everything we need to be safe".

Hurricane Florence, a large storm with sustained wind speeds of 110 miles per hour (175 km/h), is expected to make landfall somewhere on the North or SC coast Thursday and then move inland, affecting travel along the coastal regions as well as landlocked cities like Charlotte and Raleigh/Durham.

Hurricane Florence could flood thousands of buildings.

A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Hurricane Florence is predicted to bring "catastrophic flash flooding" to parts of North and SC, along with strong winds and a massive storm surge.

Henry McMaster's message is pretty blunt: If you live in an evacuation zone, hit the road soon.

Intense footage shows rockslide on popular Greek beach, sending waves of damage
Authorities evacuated and shut down access to the beach , which can only by reached by boat , as a precaution. Tons of rock broke away from the cliff face, falling down onto the popular " Shipwreck Beach " in Zante .

Almost 2 million coastal residents are now under mandatory evacuation orders, although it remains unclear how many have actually done so.

"This Hurricane is bringing some rain and water that we have not seen before in Hurricane", McMaster said, "Winds may match that of Hugo, but Florence may bring more rain".

"Tropical storm conditions are expected to spread inland across the remainder of the warning area through Saturday", the NHC said. "When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths ..."

Gradually, Friday through the weekend (local time), the massive storm - containing a zone of tropical-storm-force winds almost 643km wide - will drift inland, engulfing much of SC and southern North Carolina.

"When it comes to this kind of storms, I ain't gonna lie", she said.

Winds: 40% - 60% chance of tropical storm force winds (greater than 39 mph), especially Saturday & Sunday. It's moving north, and is expected to turn away from the U.S.

Joyce, which is about 1,040 miles from the Azores, is moving south-southwest near 7 mph. The storm's 12-mph speed Thursday morning was a marked drop from Wednesday's 17-mph speeds.

Flooding from both the storm surge and rainfall could be "catastrophic", the National Hurricane Center warned.

Hurricane Florence's path could affect the homes of more than 5 million people, and more than 1 million of them have been ordered to evacuate.

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