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Forecaster: Florence storm surge not diminished

Forecaster: Florence storm surge not diminished

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It's unclear exactly how many people fled ahead of the storm, but more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.

Florence is now a Category 2 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind scale, and has winds are at 105 miles per hour (165 kmh) according to the latest data from the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

"This storm is relentless and excruciating", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told CNN late on Friday. We have to remember, Florence is a very large storm.

Two people died in Lenoir County.

"The shelters are not taking dogs", Ramirez said.

While the storm may have slowed down slightly, it will still bring life-threatening storm surges, high winds, massive flooding and power cuts as it makes landfall on the coast of North and SC. Meacham says the state can house more than 35,000 people if needed.

"We already bought candles, batteries, can food items, water and so on". "My wife's in a panic right now".

Up to 10 inches of rain is predicted as far west from the Atlantic Ocean as Charlotte, N.C., the NHC's Ken Graham said Thursday. "Inland flooding kills a lot of people, unfortunately, and that's what we're about to see", he said. "This is a 500- or 1,000-year event".




Forecasters say wind speeds have dropped from a high of 140 miles per hour (225 kph) to 110 miles per hour (175 kph), reducing it to a Category 2 storm.

Hurricanes are categorized on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the strongest. The National Hurricane Center, which called these levels "catastrophic", has created a augmented reality tool that helps visualize how severe the storm surge could be.

Some Florence evacuees are steering toward Bristol Motor Speedway near the Tennessee-Virginia border and Atlanta Motor Speedway, where campgrounds have been opened for people fleeing the storm. Beside inundating the coast with wind-driven storm, Florence could dump 20 to 30 inches (51-76 cm) of rain, with up to 40 inches in parts of North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center predicts.

Duke Energy, a power company in the Carolinas, estimated that one million to three million customers could lose electricity because of the storm and that it could take weeks to restore. Hurricane Florence is forecast to make landfall tomorrow.

Storm surge is deadly.

Any "flooding will be worse around high tide, and a slow-moving storm will stick around for at least one tide cycle", explained McNoldy.

The main concerns for us from Florence will be moderately heavy rainfall, which will cause flooded roadways, strong gusty winds, coastal flooding, moderate potential for downed trees and widespread power outages, and unsafe travel conditions.

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