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'The Storm's Pretty Intense Right Now': Wilmington Resident Riding Out Hurricane Florence

'The Storm's Pretty Intense Right Now': Wilmington Resident Riding Out Hurricane Florence

'I see the beach communities being inundated with water and destruction that will be pretty, pretty epic in nature'.

Florence dumped more than 20 inches on Oriental, N.C., the NHC said.

Public officials have been warning residents to evacuate the East Coast for the last few days, though plenty of people have chosen to bunker down in their homes, and it remains to be seen how many people may need to be rescued from the imminent floods and areas that lose power.

The storm has sustained wind speeds of 90 miles per hour, and 40 inches of rain could fall over the next few days, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Cooper said Florence was set to cover nearly all of the state in several feet of water.

Isaac, which had built to tropical storm status when its winds topped 39 mph on Saturday, has weakened to a depression over the eastern Caribbean sea with winds of 35 mph and is moving west at 15 mph, lashing the Lesser Antilles with rain squalls as of the 5 a.m. advisory.

Forecasters' European climate model is predicting 2 trillion to 11 trillion gallons of rain will fall on North Carolina over the next week, according to meteorologist Ryan Maue of weathermodels.com.

New Bern Police Lt. David Daniels said early Friday morning that between 150 and 200 people had been rescued so far, with others still waiting for help. Authorities have advised people, however, to move to higher levels in their homes while they wait to be rescued.

There are five swift water rescue teams working in New Bern, assisted by the Cajun Navy volunteer rescue group, says Gene Hodges, assistant county manager with Craven County government, tells NPR's Brakkton Booker. The highest numbers are being reported in New Hanover County.




Florence also blew down trees, including one that went through the roof of Kevin DiLoreto's home in Wilmington.

"I said, 'Why get on the road like this?"

"It's insane", he said in a phone interview. Homeland Security officials say Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers are focused on the preservation of life and safety.

Duke Energy, the nation's No. 2 power company, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks.

At the time, the storm carried winds of about 90 miles per hour (145 km/h), making it a Category 1 storm, but that ranking belies the hurricane's massive clouds and the downpour it is visiting on the coastline, with some areas already drenched in 30 inches (76 centimeters) of rain.

Forecasters said conditions will deteriorate as the storm pushes ashore early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and makes its way slowly inland. Weakening is expected after the center moves inland.

"It looks heavy outside", she said.

One video, below shows the effect from a potential storm surge which could rise up to 9 feet in some areas.

According to a report from the J.P. Morgan Chase Institute, extreme weather events like the one now battering the Carolinas and Virginia can have far-reaching effects on consumers' wallets, impacting their spending for months after the storm has cleared.


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