View: Destruction, flooding as Hurricane Florence hits
Watch the latest videos of the Carolinas as Hurricane Florence makes landfall and leave a path of destruction and hundreds of thousands without power.
Slow and powerful Hurricane Florence is “wreaking havoc” in the Carolinas as a Category 1 storm continues to dump huge quantities of rain, which could lead to catastrophic flooding in the interior.
Once a Category 4 hurricane, a weakened, but still dangerous Florence is now on the way to the south along the Carolina coast at about 6 km / h with a constant wind of 80 km / h – to push life-threatening storm miles inland, ripping down portions of buildings and knocking out power to more than half a million homes and businesses in the beginning of the Friday.
NEW: #Hurricane #Florence has made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina at 7:15 AM EDT (1115 UTC) with an estimate of the maximum gusts of 90 km / h (150 km/h) and a minimum central pressure estimate of 958 mb (28.29″). https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/vzpe6MjTf9
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 14, 2018
HURRICANE FLORENCE PATH: THE TRACK OF THE STORM HERE
Gov. Roy Cooper said Friday that Florence is “wreaking havoc” and he is involved “entire communities can be wiped out. He said parts of the state have seen storm surge as high as 10 metres.
“Hurricane Florence is powerful, slow and relentless,” he said. “It is an uninvited brute who does not want to leave.”
Jeff Flock Reports the Eye of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina
Wilmington Police said a person was taken injured to a hospital after a tree fell on the top of a house. Other victims were trapped. No other data is available.
In a hotel in Jacksonville, N. C. – about 60 miles northwest of Wilmington – about 70 residents, including a baby and other children were evacuated from the Triangle Motor Inn after the hurricane-force wind collapsed parts of the roof of the hotel.
Elsewhere hundreds more had to be saved from the rising waters, with a number of residents have to climb up to their roofs to escape the danger.
Hurricane Florence @ midnight 9.13.18
Pungo River raging across Belhaven, NC
Stay safe y’all! pic.twitter.com/zYbKCKBLnY
— Michelle 🦄 (@chromatichues) September 14, 2018
“WE are COMING to GET YOU,” the city of New Bern tweeted earlier Friday. “You have to go to the second story, or your attic, but WE will COME GET YOU.”
There were no immediate reports of deaths.
The centre of Florence, made technical landing at about 7:15 a.m. on Friday in the vicinity of Wrightsville Beach, N. C. of 2 hours, the storm was about 35 miles west-southwest of Wilmington, N. C., and about 35 miles east-northeast of Myrtle Beach, S. C
Florence storm surge and the prospect of 1 to 3½ metres of rain were regarded as a greater threat than the wind, which is deposited from an alarming 140 mph earlier in the week. Forecasters said the catastrophic freshwater flooding is expected and the inland waterway transport in the next few days as Florence creeps westward across the Carolinas and into the weekend.
SHIRTLESS MAN STARES DOWN HURRICANE WITH FLAG IN THE HAND, ” JUST FREE AND AMERICAN
Florida man with an AMERICAN flag, takes on Hurricane Florence
Forecasters said the terrifying attack would take hours, because Florence was barely moving along and still drawing energy from the ocean. She said: “catastrophic” freshwater flooding was expected along the inland waterways of the Carolina’s.
Officials said Friday that they expected the same amount of precipitation during Hurricane Floyd in 1999. However, instead of rainfall spread across 14 days, Florence dump everything in three days.
“Twenty-four to 36 hours remain of significant threat of heavy rain and heavy swell,” said Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “Citizens who do not heed evacuation warnings, it is time to stay where you are, do the best that you can do to protect yourself.”
Preparing for the worst, about 9,700 National Guard soldiers and civilians were deployed with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats that can be used to pluck people from the water.
“It is a very terrifying, the wind howling, and the rain is blowing sideways, debris flying,” Sandie Orsa of Wilmington, told the Associated Press, a hotel lobby lit by emergency lights after the power failed.
THE AMERICAN FLAG IS SEEN SHREDDED BY THE HURRICANE FLORENCE FROM THE NC COAST TO BE REPLACED-DONATED OLD GLORY
More than 600,000 people had already lost power by 1 p.m. Friday, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety reported.
Duke Energy said in a tweet that they anticipate between 1 and 3 million outages in the Carolinas, adding that the recovery in the hardest-hit communities can take weeks.
The National Hurricane Center said Florence will eventually be a right-wing corner to the northeast across the southern Appalachians, the move in the Mid-Atlantic states and New England as a tropical depression by the middle of next week.
Soon after Florence made landfall, President Trump touted the work of the FEMA and first responders.
Fantastic work being done by FEMA, the emergency services, police and justice and all. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2018
“Fantastic work is being done by FEMA, the emergency services, police and justice and all. Thank you!”, he wrote.
FULL COVERAGE OF HURRICANE FLORENCE
Officials said that around 1.7 million people in the Carolina and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it is unclear how many have. The houses of around 10 million euro under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.
Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang