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Stunning Weather Channel Video Shows Why Storm Surges Are So Dangerous

Stunning Weather Channel Video Shows Why Storm Surges Are So Dangerous

The outer bands of wind and rain from a weakened but still lethal Hurricane Florence began lashing North Carolina as the monster storm moved in for a prolonged and potentially catastrophic drenching along the Southeast coast.

Winds and waves began battering the Carolinas on Thursday as officials warned that Hurricane Florence - while weakening slightly - remains a "very unsafe storm" capable of wreaking havoc along a wide swathe of the US East Coast. It is now at Category 1.

The coastal area of SC features hundreds of inlets while North Carolina has barrier islands miles away from the mainland.

Hurricane Florence churned through North Carolina on Friday, knocking out electricity for more than 900,000 customers throughout eastern North Carolina and in the state's midsection.

The hurricane was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico past year. And when a storm surge reaches 13 feet and results in severe coastal flooding, people near the Atlantic Ocean can drown very quickly.

"This storm will bring destruction", said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. "Catastrophic effects will be felt outside the centre of the storm".

In New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River left 500 people in peril.

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A damaged house is seen after Hurricane Florence struck in Winnabow, North Carolina, U.S., September 15, 2018.

Myrtle Beach, a SC beach resort, was virtually deserted with empty streets, boarded up storefronts and very little traffic.

"On a scale of 1 to 10, I'm probably a 7" in terms of worry, she said.

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Steve Goldstein of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Florence's forward motion had slowed overnight and it was not expected to make landfall in the Carolinas until "some time Friday afternoon, Friday evening or Saturday morning". Hurricane-force winds now extend outward up to 70 miles the center and tropical-storm-force winds now extend outward up to 195 miles from the center.

Some areas could receive as much as 40 inches of rain, forecasters said.

State officials and the National Weather Service warned the storm's weakening only relates to wind speed, not the storm surges or flooding that will accompany the hurricane.

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The slow pace will also create incredible rain totals of more than 20 inches over portions of North and SC.

An estimated 3 million people across the Carolinas could be without power before long, and the lights may be out for weeks in some areas, said the region's largest provider, Duke Energy.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm and more than 1 million had been ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia, jamming westbound roads and highways for miles.

Meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com said Florence could dump a staggering 18 trillion gallons of rain over a week on North Carolina, South Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland. Listen to local officials, and make sure you heed their advice.

"So if there if a storm surge of ten feet at high tide which is plus two feet above the North Carolina sea level so the storm surge would mean that you will be at twelve feet and then the waves would be in addition to that", says Young. Also, a 77-year-old man was apparently knocked down by the wind and died after going out to check on his hunting dogs, Lenoir County authorities said, and the governor's office said a man was electrocuted while trying to connect extension cords in the rain.

"I'm not leaving my child", Foster said.

The 2.6-magnitude quake was the state's fifth this year.

Tropical Storm Helene Speeding To The North
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles. This general motion, accompanied by a further decrease in forward speed, is expected to continue through today.


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