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Hurricane Florence starts its slow, prolonged assault on the Carolinas

Hurricane Florence starts its slow, prolonged assault on the Carolinas

Florence has been bearing down on the Carolinas for days, and it has expanded in size, with tropical-storm-force winds extending almost 200 miles from the storm's eye. It's unclear just how bad it's going to be. But while the storm is predicted to pass near Wilmington, North Carolina, the majority of surge-related flooding will actually be to north near Pamlico Sound.

Florence's weakening as it neared the coast created tension between some who left home and authorities who anxious that the storm could still be deadly.

He said the magnitude of the storm may exceed the ability of the state-activated National Guard troops.

More than 60 people had to be pulled from a collapsing motel at the height of the storm, and many more who defied evacuation orders were hoping to be rescued.

When a college football game was canceled due to Hurricane Florence, one of the team's decided to make the best out of the situation.

Far out in the Atlantic, Joyce strengthened into a tropical storm on Thursday evening with top sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph). "He is the only caregiver to me and my son", Browning said. North Carolina corrections officials said more than 3,000 people were relocated from adult prisons and juvenile centers in the path of Florence, and more than 300 county prisoners were transferred to state facilities.

Pablo Santos, director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, told VOA that when the center of Florence comes ashore and shifts north as expected, it will still be "catastrophic" due tin a large extent to the storm surge.

He spent the last few hours of calm before the storm visiting those who stayed, collecting contact information for their next-of-kin.

Hurricane warnings are in effect for the South Santee River in SC to Duck, North Carolina, and Albemarle and Pamlico sounds.




"We're a little anxious about the storm surge so we came down to see what the river is doing now", Smith said.

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

Hurricane Florence's outer edges have started to batter the coast of North Carolina - with winds of 100mph bending trees and shooting frothy seawater onto the streets.

Thursday afternoon, President Donald Trump tweeted that he had just been briefed on the storm and "FEMA, First Responders and Law Enforcement are supplied and ready. Today the threat becomes a reality".

She said she expects to be without power for up to two weeks. When Hurricane Floyd attacked North Carolina in 1999, it didn't stall; Floyd was a fast-moving storm. Residents are still recovering from Hurricane Matthew and communities with financial struggles are slow to rebuild after a major disaster.

Farther south, in Carolina Beach, the northern end of the town was being swamped as water crashed over the dunes. They've also been praying, singing songs in their native language.

"We have lots of water, we've got lots of food, lots of canned food, non-perishable food", she said.

"We try to facilitate. anything that makes a smooth transition from home to shelter", he said.

Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it's unclear how many did. From east to west, the community is less than a dozen blocks deep, with the Atlantic on one side and the Cape Fear River on the other.


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