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As Florence weakens, live surf cam videos show impact on Carolinas

16 September 2018

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"We can not underestimate this storm". On the forecast track, the center of Florence will approach the coasts of North and SC later today, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and northeastern SC in the hurricane warning area tonight and Friday.

In addition to the coastal flood warning, a tropical storm warning is in effect for Hampton Roads from Poquoson to the Virginia-North Carolina border because of Hurricane Florence.

"This storm is relentless and excruciating", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told CNN late on Friday. A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations hard or unsafe. The father was transported to a nearby hospital with injuries.

Two people died in Lenoir County.

She says people often want to get outside and take pictures.

As of 8 a.m., the Category 2 storm was centered about 170 miles (275 kilometers) east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 220 miles (355 kilometers) east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

"We have prepared everything", he says, "to have enough food, water, batteries, radio, first-aid supplies, and everything we need to be safe". "My wife's in a panic right now".

Eudy said his family stayed in their home partly to protect their house.

Those who live more inland could experience flash flooding, potential tornadoes and mudslides, forecasters said. "This is a 500- or 1,000-year event".

The storm's maximum sustained winds as of 11 a.m. are 105 miles per hour (165 km/h), showing that the storm has decreased in strength quite a bit, but it is still a risky hurricane.

Hurricanes are categorized on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the strongest. Outer bands from the hurricane are now lashing land, at least a full day before the National Hurricane Center expects the slow-moving storm's eye to blow ashore around the North Carolina-South Carolina line.

More than 22,600 people were housed in 150 shelters statewide, including schools, churches and Wake Forest University's basketball arena. The National Hurricane Center is calling for 20 to 30 inches of rain in North Carolina, with spots up to 40 inches.

Time is running short to get out of the way of Hurricane Florence, a monster of a storm that has a region of more than 10 million people in its potentially devastating sights.

The storm's centre was about 145 miles (235 km) east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina as of Thursday night.

Hurricane Florence has started to hit the North Carolina coast.

The storm was expected to become a tropical depression on Saturday and significant weakening was expected over the weekend, the NHC said in a bulletin.

SC ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents while North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination.

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As Florence weakens, live surf cam videos show impact on Carolinas