Wind, flooded roads herald approach of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina

As of Thursday morning, forecast models showed the storm bringing more rain than originally thought - officials now predict 35 inches of rain will fall in a two-day period as Florence, now a Category 2 storm with 110 miles per hour sustained winds, will stall over Wilmington after making landfall early Friday morning. "We have a day off. Let's get drunk!'" Jordan Berry, the barman at a local sports bar, told the site.

The impact of Florence will be widespread, with destructive winds, life-threatening storm surge, unsafe surf, torrential rainfall, flooding and the potential for tornadoes. Meacham says the state can house more than 35,000 people if needed.

Weather Underground meteorology director Jeff Masters said Florence eventually could strike as a Category 1 with winds less than 100 miles per hour (160 kph), but that's still enough to cause at least $1 billion in damage.

The scale includes five categories and is based on the storm's sustained wind speeds.

But the weather system will have weakened by the time it hits the western side of the United Kingdom, becoming more of a storm, the Met Office said.

Coastal counties Carteret, Craven and Pender are experiencing the most outages as Hurricane Florence begins to batter the coast. Waves off the shore of North Carolina have already gotten as high as 13 feet, he saYS. That's enough to fill more than 15 million Olympic-size swimming pools.

Tropical storm-force winds extended 195 miles from Florence's center, and hurricane-force winds reached out 70 miles.

"Hurricane Sandy did a tremendous amount of damage", Kourounis said.

Panovich: The other interesting thing is in Charlotte our biggest impacts might be felt more Friday night into Saturday, and we will certainly see some wind on Friday but I think the rain may be kind of scattered about on Friday and the heavy stuff doesn't really move in until Saturday. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. "It's possible that the west coast of Wales and Cornwall could get some winds as well, but we will get a clearer picture of what to expect very soon".

The National Hurricane Center's best guess was that Florence would blow ashore as early as Friday afternoon around the North Carolina-South Carolina line, then slog its rainy way westward with a potential for catastrophic inland flooding that could swamp homes, businesses and farm fields.

Florence is expected to make landfall about 8 a.m. Friday, then stall over the Wilmington region, dumping up to 35 inches of rain and prompting worry of "extreme" flash flooding.

State officials and the National Weather Service warned the storm's weakening only relates to wind speed, not surges or flooding.

About 300,000 people have been evacuated from South Carolina, McMaster said.

Persistent rains with 160 km/h winds or higher will take their toll on structures.

In North Carolina, Florence is expected to dump up to 40 inches of rain.

The Carolinas and Virginia are preparing for the onslaught of Hurricane Florence later this week and one of the most life-threatening elements of the storm is the amount of rainfall predicted to hit the area, reports Vox.

"It's just extremely busy and it's even busier than a year ago and all at once", Blake said.

North Carolina has had this problem before. They also have three dogs and three parrots.

The town is less than 5 feet above sea level, and officials worry that as many as 1,000 of its 6,300 residents are planning to stay.

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