This Is Why The US Are Really Panicking About Hurricane Florence

Sheila Mcguire
September 15, 2018

Wright is far from the only resident in the Carolinas that chose to weather Hurricane Florence, which has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, though many who chose to stay are starting to reconsider their decision of sticking around for what North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper called a "1,000-year event".

The National Hurricane Center said Florence is moving west at 2 mph (3.2 kph), with its center located about 35 miles (56 kilometers) west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

"This rainfall will produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", the hurricane center said.

Neighbour Adam Sparks said he noticed emergency responders arrive at the house across the street right around when his power went out and the storm was intensifying. Downed trees blocked the road, making it impossible for paramedics to get to her.

"I'm anxious about what I might find when I go home, though", she said.

"The wind was so hard, the waters were so hard that, trying to get out, we got thrown into trailers". "The storm is wreaking havoc on our state".

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"Hurricane Florence is powerful, slow and relentless", he said.

The American government is ready to deal with the aftermath of the hurricane but people should get out of the way, Trump said.

"Do you want to get hit with a train, or do you want to get hit with a cement truck?" said Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Coastal storm surge is expected to be as high as 13 feet, according to the National Hurricane Center.

One resident, 67-year-old Linda Smith, told the MailOnline: "We're a little anxious about the storm surge so we came down to see what the river is doing now".

"We're deeply concerned for whole communities which could be wiped away".

Some of the worst flooding was in New Bern, where authorities were enforcing a curfew. "If you live in an area near a river, the peaks can occur much later". CORRECTING TYPO IN CITY NAME People wait to be rescued by members of the U.S. Army during the passing of Hurricane Florence in the town of New Bern, North Carolina, U.S., September 14, 2018.

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About 300 people, most evacuees from the coast, were at the shelter Friday.

After reaching a terrifying Category 4 peak of 225 km/h earlier in the week, Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7.15am at Wrightsville Beach, a few kilometres east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence's winds have slowed to tropical storm strength, and said the storm is moving slowly inland with sustained winds of 110 kilometers per hour and higher gusts.

"This is not the end of it", said Jeff Byard, associate administrator for response and recovery at FEMA.

A tropical storm warning is in now effect for Chesterfield, Lee, Sumter, Clarendon, Calhoun, Orangeburg, Lancaster, Kershaw, Fairfield, Richland, and Lexington counties, according to NWS Columbia.

Power outages increased throughout Friday.

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In Wilmington, Mason Tarr said he spent the night at a friend's house but didn't sleep well. We have steps on the sides of the house so it's a few feet off the ground anyway.

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