Hurricane Florence makes landfall, set to deluge Carolinas

Atlantic Beach N.C. before Hurricane Florence

Atlantic Beach N.C. before Hurricane Florence

The National Hurricane Center said Florence will eventually make a right hook to the northeast over the southern Appalachians, moving into the Mid-Atlantic states and New England as a tropical depression by the middle of next week.

Trinidadians living overseas are vigorously preparing themselves for the hurricane.

About 10 million people could be affected by the storm and more than 1 million were ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia.

Coastal streets flowed with ocean water, and more than 460,000 homes and businesses were without power, mostly in North Carolina, according to, which tracks the nation's electrical grid. "The evacuation was county wide but since we're not in a flood zone, we weren't really anxious about that", she told VOA. We probably will be getting heavy winds and rain for the next few days.

Family members, like other residents, expect to be bombarded with torrential rain possibly for days.

"We already bought candles, batteries, can food items, water and so on". The vivid presentation - powered by the Unreal Engine, most commonly used in video games - seems likely to serve as a more pressing demonstration of the storm's threat than a mere written warning, and that's vitally important for folks in impacted areas.

"I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", said Ballance, owner of a seafood restaurant that was flooded.

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Flooding and a strong storm surge prompted more than 90 calls to the emergency operation center in Craven County, N.C., for residents trapped in vehicles and homes, spokeswoman Amber Parker said. The storm is threatening catastrophic flooding while leaving scores in need of rescue from rising waters and hundreds of thousands without power.

"It has moved in", said Jordan Baker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington.

"The sun rose this morning on an extremely unsafe situation and it's going to get worse", he said at a news conference in Raleigh.

The centre urges people within the affected areas to take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other risky conditions.

The Weather Channel produced a terrifying Hurricane Florence weather forecast using a visualization to show the horrifying reality of what 9-foot flood waters might look like in North Carolina. Hurricane-force winds extended 130 kilometres from its centre, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 315 kilometres.

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

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