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Hurricane Florence begins battering the Carolinas

14 September 2018

The Canadian government has warned citizens against travel to the stretch of the U.S. East Coast that is expected to be hammered by Florence.

While Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm, it remains unpredictable according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). The storm, which is expected to be one of the biggest to ever hit North Carolina, South Carolina and parts of Virginia, should be making landfall sometime this weekend.

Hurricane Florence's sustained wind speeds have lessened slightly to 105 miles per hour, but the storm is already bringing surges and tropical storm winds to the North Carolina shore, the National Hurricane Center said in an 11 a.m. briefing.

Severe weather events like Hurricane Florence are evolving, which means risk assessment must evolve, too.

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. Hurricane Florence could overwhelm these lagoons with massive amounts of rain, which would dump the animal waste into surrounding waterways.

But the storm still carried "very unsafe winds", the Center added. Storm surge of 13 feet on top of a high tide at 7 feet could overwhelm Carolina Beach.

Brock, meanwhile, said the surges "are going to be a major problem way up into the streams and tributaries that come out of sound areas".

The police chief of a barrier island in Florence's bulls'-eye said he was asking for next-of-kin contact information from the few residents who refused to leave.

The last time the USA capital declared a state of emergency was in January 2016 when a winter storm dubbed "Snowzilla" blanketed the capital region in knee-deep snow.

Folks in Charleston, South Carolina, who have chosen not to evacuate, are preparing for a nasty storm that could make landfall right in their backyard. NASA started tracking the hurricane around September 10. "There will be flooding in inland areas as well". It's now a Category 2.

That said, the storm is still expected to stall once it hits the Wilmington coast, with weather officials early Thursday raising the expected total rainfall for Wilmington to 35 inches - weather officials had predicted 30 inches for Wilmington in briefings released Wednesday. Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind does.

Officials in the potential path of Florence urged people to evacuate their coastal homes and directed drivers away from the coast. The number one network in cable, FNC has been the most watched television news channel for more than 16 years and according to a Suffolk University/USA Today poll, is the most trusted television news source in the country.

With the hurricane beginning to batter North Carolina, the state's Governor has asked US President Donald Trump for another federal disaster declaration beyond what he declared earlier this week.

"Our sand dunes are healthy, but they're not going to be able to keep back a wall of water like that", he said.

Hurricane Florence begins battering the Carolinas