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Hurricane Florence now a Category 2, but remains ‘extremely dangerous’

Hurricane Florence now a Category 2, but remains ‘extremely dangerous’

Hurricane Florence remains on track to bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall to coastal North and SC, the National Weather Service says.

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.

Coastal streets in the Carolinas flowed with frothy ocean water, and at least 510,000 homes and businesses were without power, almost all of them in North Carolina, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the nation's electrical grid.

"Little change in strength is expected before the eye of Florence reaches the coast, with slow weakening expected after the center moves inland or meanders near the coast", the advisory said.

The storm's maximum sustained winds held at about 90 miles per hour (144 kph).

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered as many as one million residents of the state's eastern coast to leave their homes ahead of the storm's predicted arrival today.

Morehead City resident Rebecca Marson decided not to evacuate because her surgeon husband wanted to remain behind with other first responders.

Don't relax, don't get complacent. Flash flooding is going to be a big issue soon - certainly catastrophic.

Sixteen kilometres away in the city of Wilmington, wind gusts were stirring up frothy white caps into the Cape Fear River. "I am frightened about what's coming". It has garnered the attention of people not just in the USA but from people around the globe.




Hurricane Florence is now expected to hit the Carolina coast with less powerful winds, a trade-off with increased rainfall - which may ultimately be more damaging for some areas. The main highway in the Outer Banks was closed in parts as seawater pushed in.

WXII-TV reported that 150 people were waiting to be rescued from rising waters in the city New Bern.

Power suppliers report more than 350,000 outages in North Carolina, the bulk along the coast.

What the hurricane "has now lost in terms of maximum wind speeds near its centre, it has now gained in terms of sheer expansiveness", said Peter Mullinax, a meteorologist at Planalytics. As the slow-moving storm moves over the Carolinas, it could pummel towns with more than 3 feet of rainwater. Heavy rains were forecast to extend into the Appalachians, affecting parts of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia.

The storm has slowed down and is forecast to travel across SC after it makes landfall.

FlightAware doesn't anticipate closures at any East Coast hubs (Charlotte, Atlanta or any Washington-area airports), limiting "cascading disruption to the rest of the nation's airport system", Orsi said in a statement Thursday. "When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths". When fierce winds keep up for a long time, homes are "going to start to deteriorate".

Trump provided no evidence to support his challenge on Maria.

So far, a state of emergency has been declared in five states - South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland and Washington DC.

Hurricane Irma destroyed Kathy Griffin's house in Florida past year, and it could be days before she finds out whether Florence smashed her fifth-story condominium in Wrightsville Beach, where authorities said utilities could be out for days or weeks.


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