Hurricane Florence: Over 188,000 without power as monster storm batters Carolinas

ISS images show massive Hurricane Florence from 400 km up

Hurricane Florence is continuing to push towards a landfall around the North Carolina/South Carolina border, and is beginning to lash the central Atlantic seaboard with damaging winds and storm surge.

The Charleston area will see winds near tropical storm strength of 40 miles per hour and somewhere between 3 to 6 inches of rain. "This large-scale feature is expected to keep the hurricane moving northwestward today, followed by a turn toward the west at a much slower speed on Friday as the ridge to the north of Florence weakens due to a weak shortwave trough dropping slowly southward from the Ohio Valley".

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service's Wilmington office are waiting for the National Hurricane Center to confirm the track of the eyeball, which typically has the storm's strongest winds.

There are fears that this storm could cause damage similar to what Houston suffered during Hurricane Harvey previous year, when homes and businesses were inundated with floodwater. "So if you're on the beach the time to go is now".

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"Don't relax, don't get complacent", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned.

"Don't relax, don't get complacent". Tropical Storm Olivia has made landfall in the Hawaiian islands, the Philippines are bracing for the powerful typhoon Mangkhut, and Tropical Storm Isaac is nearing the Leeward Islands.

Rescue helicopters and trucks that can navigate floodwaters are also standing by.

"That's the second story of a house", he said.

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I just figured come here and be safe". "We live in a mobile home so we were just like 'No way, '" she said. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned residents not to "underestimate" Florence's power.

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More than a million people along the coastlines of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have been ordered to evacuate. The National Hurricane Center said a gauge in Emerald Isle, North Carolina , reported 6.3 feet (1.92 meters) of inundation.

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Nearly 20,000 people had taken refuge in 157 emergency shelters, Cooper said.

The hotelier lifted its ban on pets and eliminated cancellation penalties this week, joining other chains such as Motel 6 and Marriott International, which also waived parking costs in the affected areas. "We have two boats and all our worldly possessions", said Susan Patchkofsky, who refused her familys pleas to evacuate and stayed at Emerald Isle with her husband.

Cedar Cliff Camp, a Christian summer camp in Buncombe County, North Carolina, posted a video Wednesday night offering its 24 cabins to evacuees. And newly formed Subtropical Storm Joyce is not expected to threaten land soon.

The zoo planned to be closed through Friday.

By late Thursday afternoon, the Carolina coasts can expect winds topping 80 miles per hour. Millions of people have evacuated to inland communities as the storm churns westward.

Kemp Burdette, with Cape Fear River Watch, said the runoff from animal waste is at the top of his list of concerns. These are numbers that far exceed what fell on the same region during Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

In a display of the early effects of the storm, one flood gauge on the Neuse River in New Bern, North Carolina, showed 10 feet (three meters) of flooding, the NHC said. Home Depot and Lowe's activated emergency response centers and sent in around 1,100 trucks to get generators, trash bags and bottled water to stores before and after the storm. The company has brought in 20,000 utility workers to help restore power.

Waves almost 30 foot high have been recorded off the North Carolina coast as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast of the United States. Florence is now at the weakest of five categories on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

"We're still going to have a Category 4 storm surge". Overall, the storm is 400 miles wide.

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