Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

‘Phenomenal’ 83-foot wave detected in Hurricane Florence

Kim Reese | 13 September, 2018, 13:43

Duke Energy, the nation's No. 2 power company, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks.

More than 1 million residents have been ordered to evacuate the coastline of the three states, while university campuses, schools and factories were being shuttered.

Hurricane warnings continue in parts of eastern North Carolina and northern coastal SC. "We want to be able to protect our investments, our homes".

The fire department in Carolina Beach was sounding one final alarm Wednesday, urging residents to evacuate the island before Hurricane Florence makes landfall. "With time, the wind pushes the water into every nook and cranny you can think of", Graham said.

The threat has sparked a rush of evacuation efforts in SC and North Carolina, with more than a million people urged to get out of Florence's way.

The storm is expected to bring tropical storm-force winds, life-threatening storm surges of seawater and 35 inches (89 cm) of rain to parts of the Carolinas and Virginia, where intense inland flooding was expected, the center said.

The storm's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Wednesday at 185 km per hour, down from a peak of 225 km per hour a day earlier before Florence was downgraded from a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of wind strength. Gov. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.) declared a state of emergency for Georgia Wednesday.

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Lucia who graduated in 2016 from Harding University in Arkansas. "We need to push past our initial grief", said Dr. This photo from 2014 shows Botham Jean speaking at Harding University where he often led campus worship services.

Downpours and flooding would be especially severe, lasting for days, if the storm stalls over land.

The eastbound lanes of several major highways have been shut to allow traffic to flow inland, but the exodus was slow along roads jammed with outward-bound vehicles.

Mr McMaster said: "Even responders can not stay there".

"Everything is packed", Espinoza said.

"Marshall Athletics Director Mike Hamrick and I have been in constant contact throughout the week about the game", Tanner said.

An estimated 10 million people live in areas expected to be placed under a hurricane or storm advisory, said Marc Chenard of the US Weather Prediction Center. It could stall just off the coast and then drift south along the SC coast and possibly make a landfall as a weaker system if it doesn't make it clearly over the coast of North Carolina. Coastal evacuations were in effect for Virginia and North Carolina as well.

The hurricane is expected to dump heavy rain throughout the region and FEMA officials said it's not just a coastal problem.

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