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16 September 2018, 03:27 | Ross Houston
This image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Wednesday Sept. 12 2018.
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Hurricane Florence is not expected to make landfall until Friday morning but residents in coastal areas are already losing power as gusts lash the eastern edge of North Carolina. "Now is the time to get yourself to a safe place and stay there". "We're able", he said. As they had throughout the week, he and officials went through a litany of updates: at the time, 12,000 citizens filled the 126 shelters that had opened across the state and 30,000 residents had already lost power. "Once these winds start blowing at that tropical-storm rate, it will be virtually impossible for the rescuers to get in to rescue you". As The Weather Channel noted, storm surges of nine feet or higher could be catastrophic, powerful enough to move cars and cover the first floor of buildings.
Tiffany Norton, a spokeswoman for Dorchester County, South Carolina, said emergency personnel are removed from road travel when winds reach tropical storm force.
"Starting tonight until the duration, if you can stay put, stay where you are", Rogers said.
By early evening, almost 70,000 residents were without electricity, according to North Carolina Emergency Management.
Even though Florence has weakened to a Category 2 system with winds of 165 km per hour, forecasters say the storm remains a destructive force.
The latest weather predictions show the storm slowing to a near standstill as it pummels the coast with "copious amounts of rain" from Thursday night to Saturday, said Mr Long. The high winds will likely snap or uproot numerous trees.
For days, coastal areas will be bombarded with torrential rain, high winds, coastal erosion and storm surge, while Inland areas will be poured upon.
"We're a little anxious about the storm surge so we came down to see what the river is doing now", Smith said. And National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said that's a particular worry with Florence.
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The National Hurricane Center said Florence will eventually break up over the southern Appalachians and make a right hook to the northeast, its rainy remnants moving into the mid-Atlantic states and New England by the middle of next week.
"I have no generator", said Petra Langston, a nurse. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said.
Duke Energy Co. said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks.
Joyce, which is about 1,040 miles from the Azores, is moving south-southwest near 7 mph.
A surge is also likely along portions of the SC coast.
Scientists said it is too soon to say what role, if any, global warming played in the storm. More than 60 people had to be rescued in another town as a cinderblock motel collapsed at the height of the storm's fury. They then did the forecast again using conditions that would have been expected in a climate unchanged by human activity, meaning greenhouse gases, aerosols and other atmospheric metrics were all set to "pre-industrial levels", or those found more than 150 years ago.
Frustrated after evacuating his beach home for a storm that has since been downgraded, retired nurse Frederick Fisher grumbled in the lobby of a hotel in Wilmington several miles inland. "If we lose the house, oh well, we can get housing".
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The rest of SC and North Carolina into southwestern Virginia will experience 5 to 10 inches, with isolated totals up to 15 inches. Roads in its vicinity were flooded as well. "The sun rose this morning on an extremely unsafe situation, and it's getting worse".
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On the other side of the world, meanwhile, more than a dozen people have died as Typhoon Mangkhut rips through the Philippines . Florence has lost a bit of steam as it starts to move inlands and winds are down to maximum gusts of 75 miles per hour .
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The enormous waves were recorded in the northeast quadrant of the hurricane , which is the strongest area of the storm. The agency is also monitoring a tropical disturbance that has a 60 percent chance of forming a tropical storm .
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Governor Cooper said there have been "several hundred" rescue operations and "there are still some people they need to get to". Wind gusts of up to 100 miles per hour were reported at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, the hurricane center said.