Monday, 22 October, 2018

More than 19,000 without power in U.S. Southeast ahead of Florence

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Sandy Nunez | 15 September, 2018, 02:43

Hurricane Florence is now bearing down on the Southeast, specifically the Carolina's, and the slow-moving hurricane has everyone anxious with the amount of rain it could dump, with a potential to cause massive flooding-not to mention the damage from 80 mile-per-hour winds expected later today.

The outer bands of Hurricane Florence have begun to impact the coast of North Carolina.

It's going to be rainy, windy weekend in Charlotte because of Hurricane Florence and, although, we are probably going to miss the worst of this storm, other parts of the state will be seriously impacted.

Dominion Energy, which provides power in the northeastern corner of the state, is also reporting about 75 scattered outages. But no one is certain if Florence will be a hurricane or tropical storm at that point, he said.

Still, the storm has the capacity for huge destruction. "If I can't get back in a week, after awhile they might turn on each other or trash the place".

Hurricane force winds are extending outwards from the centre of the storm by 80 miles.

"Against my better judgment, due to emotionalism, I evacuated", said Fisher, 74.

An American Red Cross aid worker walks through the cafeteria at Conway High School which is being used as a Hurricane Florence evacuation shelter at Conway High School on September 13, 2018 in Conway, South Carolina.

Forecasters said conditions will deteriorate as the storm pushes ashore early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and makes its way slowly inland.

He spent the last few hours of calm before the storm visiting those who stayed, collecting contact information for their next-of-kin.

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Florence is expected to start causing havoc over North and SC today. We're on the weak, dry side of the storm.

Gillikin says the North Carolina Coastal Reserve stands ready to respond with whatever resources they can to help any animal suffering after the storm.

Hurricane Florence heads toward the Carolina coast with wind, rain, flooding, evacuation all part of this "monster" storm. In some counties, almost 1 in 3 people live below the poverty line.

Roads and intersections on North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands were already inundated with water.

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 a year ago.

More than 10 million people are under watches and warnings, the Associated Press reported. They've also been praying, singing songs in their native language.

"It doesn't matter how much money you have or how many generators you have if you can't get gas", she said.

Over 1,400 flights have been cancelled, according to FlightAware.com, as most of the coastal region's airports are closed to ride out the storm. "And since we have three dogs and three parrots, they're requesting us to purchase two to six rooms".

South Carolina's state capital Columbia is at only 89m (292ft).

Despite reassurances from FEMA and Trump, Florence's fluctuations and course-change predictions have added to the difficulties of preparing for such a massive storm. Both North Carolina and SC are updating their lists of emergency shelters for people caught by the storm.