Hurricane Florence: 150,000 lose power as storm pummels Carolinas

Hurricane Florence: 150,000 lose power as storm pummels Carolinas

Forecasters said Florence's surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet (3.4 meters) of ocean water, and days of downpours could unload more than 3 feet (0.9 meters) of rain, touching off severe flooding. "I've got four cats inside the house".

The briefing said Florence "is a large hurricane" with hurricane-force winds extending 80 miles from its center and tropical storm-force winds extending 195 miles from the eye of the storm.

Even if you know nothing about hurricanes, an unavoidable sense of doom and destruction overtakes you when you look at this image of Hurricane Florence as it moves inexorably toward North and SC.

On Thursday evening, the Neuse River burst its banks which caused rapid flooding in New Bern, North Carolina, forcing residents to flee as the entire city lost power.

Some areas could receive as much as 40 inches (one meter) of rain, forecasters said.

About 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million live in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches, the National Weather Service said.

"It truly is really about the whole size of this storm", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said.

An updated track at 5 a.m. Wednesday update shows the storm changing course and moving more into SC after the hurricane would make landfall.

"We're on vacation, and we have a week off, and we came down from northern Virginia to have fun", she told ABC News. On an island like Puerto Rico, which has limited health care and other types of infrastructure, a hurricane's downstream effects can prove even more devastating than the initial surge.

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Folks in Charleston, South Carolina, who have chosen not to evacuate, are preparing for a nasty storm that could make landfall right in their backyard.

"This rainfall will produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", the hurricane center said. "Inland flooding kills a lot of people, unfortunately, and that's what we're about to see", he said.

Georgia, where governor Nathan Deal has now declared an emergency, is also thought to be in the firing line.

It's unclear exactly how many people evacuated, but more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out. Duke Energy, a local power company, estimated that up to three million customers could lose their supply as a result of Florence.

A Beaufort Sheriff's Office statement released shortly after the governor's conference reads, "As of this time, there is no evacuation order for Beaufort County".

She said a hurricane has a way of bringing everyone to the same level.

Like many an East Coast surfer, Barley's been through this before and understands the unpredictability of storms like Florence.

"I've been watching the weather and they've been saying about the evacuation and she's like family and I didn't want her stuck in that", said Morton. "I learned from the past to keep the ice in the washing machine".

"The vast majority of the time the horses know what to do, and they are able to get to higher ground or protect themselves", said Gillikin. "I charged the batteries of my electronic devices, I have beers and video games".

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