Hurricane Florence Highlights: Downgraded to tropical storm, Florence trudges inland in the Carolinas
Hurricane Florence Highlights: More than one million residents from coastal areas of North and South Carolina and Virginia have been ordered to evacuate. Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
An abandoned car’s hazard lights continue to flash as it sits submerged in a rising flood waters during pre-dawn hours after Hurricane Florence struck in Wilmington, North Carolina, US, September 15, 2018. (Reuters)
Hurricane Florence made landfall in the US state of North Carolina early on Friday, knocking down trees, gorging rivers, dumping sheets of rain, and claiming lives before it was downgraded to a tropical storm still capable of wreaking havoc.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the core of Florence was located at 11 pm Friday about 20 kilometre west-northwest of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Top sustained winds are now about 65 mph, down from 90 mph.
The storm is moving to the west-southwest at 7 kph, a track that is expected to continue through early Saturday. Forecasters say catastrophic freshwater flooding is expected over parts of North Carolina and South Carolina ahead. But, as the storm moves inland, it is expected to weaken. It could become a depression by Saturday night.
Hurricane Florence hit the Carolina shores on Friday. More than 26,000 hunkered down in shelters, as rescue operations continues. Read highlights
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, US. (Reuters)
The storm was expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern South Carolina on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and the central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said. The significant weakening was expected over the weekend.
About 1.7 million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders, and millions of others live in areas likely to be affected by the storm. A state of emergency was declared in five coastal states -- North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia.
Florence was one of two major storms threatening millions of people on opposite sides of the world. Super Typhoon Mangkhut was expected to hit an area in the Philippines on Saturday that would affect 5.2 million people.
First Published on: September 11, 2018 10:29:35 pm
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