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'Life-threatening' storm Florence starts to lash US

'Life-threatening' storm Florence starts to lash US

The US east coast girded for a battering from Hurricane Florence late Thursday as the monster storm's outer edge began lashing the Carolinas with heavy wind and rain, which forecasters warned could trigger life-threatening floods even as it further weakened.

On Wednesday, Florence was downgraded twice from its peak as a Category 4 storm which causes "catastrophic damage".

At least 88,000 people were without power in North Carolina with the brunt of the storm yet to come, according to the state's emergency management agency. "Catastrophic effects will be felt".

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Blowing ashore with howling 90 miles per hour (155 kph) winds, Florence splintered buildings, trapped hundreds of people and swamped entire communities along the Carolina coast Friday in what could be just the opening act in a watery, two-part, slow-motion disaster.

Storm surge and hurricane warnings were issued for most of the North and SC coastline.

The National Hurricane Center says "a life-threatening storm surge is now likely" along the North and SC coasts as Hurricane Florence approaches the USA eastern seaboard.

Traffic patterns indicate that many people are leaving the Carolinas, however.

Thousands have taken refuge in emergency shelters, officials said.

"We live in a mobile home so we were just like 'No way, '" she said. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU". The director of athletics at the University of Tennessee has announced that displaced families are welcome to come to its game on Saturday against the University of Texas at El Paso, free of charge.

Storm surges of 9 to 13 feet and rainfall up to 40 inches: Those are two of the most dire warnings about Hurricane Florence's effect on parts of North and SC. The huge storm weakened to a Category 2 hurricane overnight, but forecasters warned that it still packed a risky punch, 110 mile-an-hour (175 kph) winds and torrential rains.

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Meanwhile, as much as 300 millimeters of rain could fall in the rest of the Carolinas and Virginia, with isolated areas seeing closer to 400 millimeters.

The National Weather Service is forecasting "significant" river flooding, especially in the northeastern portion of the state. Isolated tornadoes may also be included in the wide-range of impacts the storm will have.

"It is imperative that everyone follow local evacuation orders". He warned residents to be prepared to be without electricity "for a long time" in the storm's aftermath.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm and more than a million were ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia, jamming westbound roads and highways.

SC ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents while North Carolina announced an evacuation of the Outer Banks, a popular tourist destination.

"I'm not going to put our personnel in harm's way, especially for people that we've already told to evacuate", Wrightsville Beach Police Chief Dan House said.

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland declared states of emergency.

The Weather Channel estimated that up to three million customers might lose power in the Carolinas due to Florence. "And I can not stress enough the importance of adhering to the governor's orders for mandatory evacuation".

"The fact is this storm is deadly and we know we are days away from an ending", Cooper said.

"I've got everybody from nuclear scientists to doctors to search and rescue specialists to sheltering specialists to politicians right here in the [Emergency Operations Center]", Sprayberry says.


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