This also contributed to numerous problems on the roads, which were seriously affected by hurricane "Florence" . So far, we know that at least three dozen people died during Hurricane Florence, but we won't know the true extent of the damages for some time.
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Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous agreed, telling ABC News' David Muir, "I see a biblical proportion flood event that's going to occur". "I see the beach communities being inundated with water and destruction that will be pretty, pretty epic in nature".
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. New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw confirmed there were no reports of fatalities as of early Friday morning. "I'm not approaching Florence from fear or panic", said Brad Corpening, 35, who planned to ride out the storm in his boarded-up delicatessen in Wilmington.
Mandatory evacuations were ordered ahead of Florence's landfall in parts of North and SC, though many people chose to remain in their homes for reasons ranging from financial concerns and the need to care for pets that they may not have been able to take to some evacuation shelters, some who stayed in their residences told ABC News ahead of the storm.
Storm surges up to 3.9 meters (13 feet), the possibility of tornados and nearly a meter of rain in some areas of North and SC were expected when Hurricane Florence makes landfall late Thursday. If the storm track brings the center of circulation closer to Georgia, we could see some of that heavy rain as well, particularly in the northeastern mountains where slopes are particularly steep and rainfall amounts will be increased by the mountainous terrain.
And yet another tropical storm formed in the Atlantic Thursday night. The National Hurricane Center said the storm would dump as much as 30 to 40 inches (76-102 cm) of rain on the southeastern coast of North Carolina and part of northeastern SC, as well as up to 10 inches (25 cm) in southwestern Virginia.
Helene was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm Thursday. United Parcel Service Inc, which already has stopped deliveries and pickups into evacuation zones, is helping large customers make contingency plans for packages destined for delivery in those areas, UPS spokesman Matthew O'Connor said.
Hundreds of people are awaiting rescue from their homes in New Bern, North Carolina, as flood waters continue to rise from Hurricane Florence . The family is hoping for the best, given the potential threats the hurricane poses to lives and properties.
From Thursday night through Sunday morning, CNN reported that Florence would travel only 150 miles, or slower than the average walking pace of 2-3 mph. The Miami-based center says the center of the eye moved ashore with top sustained winds of 90 miles per hour, making Florence a Category 1 hurricane in terms of wind intensity.
Forecasters said parts of North Carolina could get 20 inches (50 centimetres) of rain, if not more, with as much as 10 inches (25 centimetres) elsewhere in the state and in Virginia, parts of Maryland and Washington, D.C. Once the storm makes landfall, the threats are far from over. Florence's projected path includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous hog farms that store animal waste in huge lagoons.
Horry County Police Chief Joseph Hill urges residents to take the category 4 hurricane seriously. While some said they planned to stay put despite hurricane watches and warnings extending over the homes of more than 5.4 million people on the East Coast, many weren't taking any chances.
The center of Florence, no longer classified as a major hurricane but a grave threat to life and property, is expected to hit North Carolina's southern coast Friday , then drift southwest before moving inland on Saturday , enough time to drop as much as 40 inches (1 meter) of rain, according to the National Hurricane Center .
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It will strike with torrential rains, powerful winds and potentially devastating flooding. The latest projections of Florence, now a Category 4 storm, show it shifting south putting Georgia in its possible path. And there will be flooding in the inland areas as well. To hasten evacuations from coastal SC, officials reversed the flow of traffic on some highways so all major roads led away from shore.
As of noon EDT, Florence was centered about 575 miles (925 kilometers) south-southeast of Bermuda, moving west at 13 mph (20 kph). Stay with tampabay.com for updates. "Warm sea surface temperatures and low wind shear (which, when high, can zap the energy from a storm) have set up flawless conditions for Florence to intensify".
Near Pensacola, Florida, more than a foot of rain has fallen in the last few days. Rain moving in will become heavy at times Saturday night over western areas, and become heavier over eastern areas on Sunday. Rain totals should have no problem reaching 2"-4" over the course of Friday/Saturday/Sunday with some higher totals certainly possible. A flash flood watch means there are conditions that could lead to flash flooding, especially in low-lying areas.
Winds will begin hitting the Carolina coast 8 p.m. Wednesday and the middle of the two states by 8 a.m. Thursday, NOAA says . The state of SC also declared a state of emergency on Saturday. Florence was a Category 4 hurricane last week, the first of the 2018 Atlantic season. The Ohio Valley ridge is concerning because Florence could stop moving pretty quickly around day 5, potentially leading to a serious heavy rain episode and inland flood hazard.
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The NHC's hurricane warning covers all of coastal MS and Alabama, with a tropical storm warning reaching to Morgan City, Alabama, and Florida's Okaloosa-Walton County Line. The National Hurricane Center said it is way too early to know if either of those storms will have any impact on land. On the Mississippi Gulf Coast, 12 casinos that were ordered closed Tuesday were given permission Wednesday to open at noon.