by | September 16, 2018 | 06:40

Forecasters have warned of life-threatening storm surges, catastrophic flooding, damaging winds, and unsafe rip currents along the coastlines of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. It's chilling, even from space. Up to 10 million people lie in the path of the storm, which still poses a risk to life and property, although it has been downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane.

by | September 16, 2018 | 06:30

Kevin Knox and his family were rescued from their flooded brick home with the help of Army Sergeant Johan Mackie, part of a team using a phone app to locate people in distress. But the wind is not the main threat to people and property from the storm; it's thestorm surgeandrainfall, which combined have caused serious flooding in the low-lying coastal regions of the Carolinas.

by | September 16, 2018 | 05:32

North Carolina governor Roy Cooper urged residents to remain alert despite changing forecasts. "We're still going to have a Category 4 storm surge". Bertha Bradley said she has never favored evacuating ahead of hurricanes. "This is a very risky storm", said FEMA's Long, urging people still in evacuation zones to heed orders to flee to safer ground.

by | September 16, 2018 | 04:44

Because when flowing river waters meet the ocean surge, there's really nowhere else for the water to go. "This rainfall will produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", the NHC said. About 10 million people could be affected by the storm and more than 1 million were ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.

by | September 16, 2018 | 04:03

The DHS IG is examining whether Long misused government vehicles and personnel for his six-hour drives between his home in North Carolina and FEMA headquarters in Washington , DC, Politico reported . The Department of Homeland Security's inspector general's office is reportedly looking into whether he misused taxpayer dollars. "At this time, we are fully focused on preparing for, responding to, and recovering from Hurricane Florence and the storms in the Pacific", DHS press secretary ...

by | September 16, 2018 | 00:06

Life-threatening storm surges of up to 13 feet (3.9 meters) were also forecast in some areas of North Carolina along with the possibility of tornadoes. Another FEMA spokesman said: "I need to re-emphasise this is a risky storm". For anyone needing a place to stay to escape the hurricane, both North Carolina and SC are updating their lists of emergency shelters.

by | September 16, 2018 | 00:00

The Weather Channel's Mike Seidel was seemingly battling to stay upright as he filmed a piece in North Carolina - only for two pedestrians to calmly stroll past in the background. She estimated 441,000 people have already evacuated because of the storm. At least seven people, including a mother and an infant, were killed in the storm.

by | September 15, 2018 | 23:31

It said that maximum sustained winds are near 75 miles per hour with higher gusts and that additional strengthening is expected over the next day or two. In the past, confusion and false rumors have arisen when storm advisories broadcast from radio stations were mistaken for warnings concerning an entirely different storm located hundreds of miles away.

by | September 15, 2018 | 20:46

The father was hospitalized with injuries. A woman in Hampstead, in Pender County, died of an apparent heart attack after emergency crews could not clear debris to get to her. "These are folks who are maybe in one-story buildings and they are seeing the floodwaters rise". Florence could dump a staggering 18 trillion gallons of rain over a week on North Carolina, South Carolina , Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland, meteorologist Ryan Maue of calculated.

by | September 15, 2018 | 17:54

In the 11 p.m. ET advisory, Florence was 280 miles southeast of Wilmington, NC, packing maximum-sustained winds of 110 mph and moving to the northwest at 17 mph. It was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane before coming ashore near Wrightsville Beach close to Wilmington, North Carolina. Florence is the most unsafe of three tropical systems in the Atlantic.

by | September 15, 2018 | 13:28

Florence has been downgraded to a tropical storm by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) but authorities warned the danger was far from over, predicting that "life-threatening storm surges and strong winds" would persist through the night.

by | September 15, 2018 | 10:23

Florence was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared past year for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where the storm was blamed for almost 3,000 deaths in the desperate aftermath.

by | September 15, 2018 | 07:17

In the state's Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack; paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris. Florence was one of two major storms threatening millions of people on opposite sides of the world. 12) to a Category 2 Thursday. "It can not be emphasized enough that the most serious hazard associated with slow-moving Florence is extremely heavy rainfall, which will cause disastrous flooding that will be spreading inland", forecasters said, reports CBS News .

by | September 15, 2018 | 05:55

Tropical storm conditions are possible within the tropical storm watch area, also beginning late this morning. RTE reports that the National Hurricane Centre in the USA said that the weather event will be packing wind speeds of 140km/h, but that by the time it reaches the United Kingdom and Ireland, it won't be as severe as it has been elsewhere.

by | September 15, 2018 | 03:07

In addition to the storm surge , "There is going to be a lot of rain", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said on Thursday. The NHC warned the threat of tornadoes was increasing as Florence neared shore and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said the heavy rains could trigger landslides in the western part of his state.

by | September 14, 2018 | 23:16

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.

by | September 14, 2018 | 22:12

Packing 105 miles per hour wind , Florence is still expected to make landfall early Friday near Wilmington, N.C. It is expected to slowly move west through central SC by Sunday morning. Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms.

by | September 14, 2018 | 21:59

Meanwhile, the Lesser Antilles are watching Tropical Storm Isaac , which was downgraded from a hurricane earlier Tuesday. Tuesday morning, Florence's top wind speeds were clocked at 140 miles per hour, and forecasters say it's still growing in size and magnitude.

by | September 14, 2018 | 21:42

FEMA officials wrote on Twitter people should not focus on the category of the storm - as of Thursday morning, Hurricane Florence was a Category 2 storm, indicating slower wind speeds - but rather should pay attention to the fact there will be extreme flooding in the Carolinas as a result.

by | September 14, 2018 | 21:14

He said the magnitude of the storm may exceed the ability of the state-activated National Guard troops. Officials in New Hanover County, which includes Wilmington , have stockpiled enough food and water for 60,000 people for four days , along with more than 28,000 tarps.