Hurricane Florence Drowned a Riverfront 30 Miles from the North Carolina Coast

Hurricane Florence Drowned a Riverfront 30 Miles from the North Carolina Coast

A gust of 169km/h was recorded at Wilmington airport, surpassing the power of Hurricane Fran two decades ago.

The Weather Channel produced a terrifying Hurricane Florence weather forecast using a visualization to show the horrifying reality of what 9-foot flood waters might look like in North Carolina.

The reports came just hours after Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15am local time (11:30 GMT) at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington, as the centre of its eye moved onshore, the National Hurricane Center said. Florence is a large hurricane.

At the time, the storm carried winds of about 90 miles per hour (145 km/h), making it a Category 1 storm, but that ranking belies the hurricane's massive clouds and the downpour it is visiting on the coastline, with some areas already drenched in 30 inches (76 centimeters) of rain.

"This storm will bring destruction", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence will eventually make a right hook to the northeast over the southern Appalachians, moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England as a tropical depression by the middle of next week.

The surge is also likely along portions of the SC coast.

More than 12,000 were in shelters in North Carolina.

In the Triangle: Tornado watches, flood warnings as Florence makes landfall
Add Hurricane Florence as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Hurricane Florence news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Unsure of what they might find when they return home, the couple went shopping for a recreational vehicle. "Until we can't.

Airlines canceled more than 2,100 flights through Sunday.

A building is seen through heavy rain from Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina on September 14, 2018. North of the landfall, another 150 people near the town of New Bern required rescue from floods along the Neuse River. "I'm not leaving him here".

"We did a detailed lesson-learned process, as we do post- any significant event, in the Department of Defense", said Kenneth Rapuano, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security.

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.

Sheets of rain splattered against windows of a hotel before daybreak in Wilmington, where Sandie Orsa of Wilmington sat in a lobby lit by emergency lights after the electricity went out.

Unlike the island of Puerto Rico, where there was no land access, convoys of electrical fix vehicles from all over the country are driving into various points in the Southeastern U.S. - just outside where the "hurricane will have the most impact, ready to go in", Rapuano told reporters Thursday at the Pentagon.

More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it is not clear how many left. "We are totally prepared", Trump said at the White House.

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