by | September 16, 2018 | 23:26

In Craven County, authorities say they received more than 150 telephone calls to rescue people in the historic town of New Bern because water had entered their homes. The tropical storm has begun ravaging the coastline after being downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane. Florence's rain will bring 40 inches to some parts of the Carolinas, forecasters said.

by | September 16, 2018 | 22:41

Forecasters say Florence is now a tropical storm but will continue to threaten North and SC with powerful winds and catastrophic freshwater flooding. More than 12,000 people were in shelters in North Carolina and 400 in Virginia, where the forecast was less dire. "The president is expected to travel to areas affected by the storm early to middle of next week, once it is determined his travel will not disrupt any rescue or recovery efforts ".

by | September 16, 2018 | 20:43

Rescue crews in Onslow County helped evacuate 70 people from a Jacksonville hotel early Friday after the roof collapsed and rain rushed in. Sarah Risty-Davis, who was born and raised in New Bern, told NPR's Morning Edition that she saw high floodwaters until the early morning but that the water has mostly receded in her neighborhood.

by | September 16, 2018 | 19:14

The storm is a Category 1 with 75 miles per hour winds and higher gusts. Three people were killed in flash flooding and swift water on roadways in Duplin County, NC, the Duplin County Sheriff's Office confirmed . State and local officials have been warning residents the danger has not subsided as the Carolinas face what is expected to be historic flooding across the region.

by | September 16, 2018 | 16:59

Barnes. The storm, which just days earlier had been a hurricane, weakened significantly as it approached the the Lesser Antilles and passed with little notice in the USVI, stirring some winds and bringing some hit-or-miss showers to the territory but little else.

by | September 16, 2018 | 16:14

More than a million people have been ordered to evacuate coastal areas ahead of the arrival of Florence, which boasts sustained winds of 130 miles per hour. They are now flying into Isaac and also have a plane ready for storm recovery after Florence hits. "Everyone was sold out", she said. Speaking at a news conference, the official said the hurricane was expected to spread out into the Central Appalachian mountains, the Tennessee Valley, and southeastern parts of the U.S.

by | September 16, 2018 | 15:55

At 11 p.m., Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane with top sustained winds of 90 mph (150 kph), and the storm's eye was about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Morehead, City, North Carolina . As Florence drew near, President Donald Trump tweeted that FEMA and first responders are "supplied and ready", and he disputed the official conclusion that almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico, claiming the figure was a Democratic plot to make him look bad.

by | September 16, 2018 | 14:28

Storm surge watches and warnings are separated from hurricane alerts because hurricane-force winds and storm surges don't always occur at the same place or the same time, said Rick Knabb, the former director of the hurricane center, and now the hurricane expert at the Weather Channel.

by | September 16, 2018 | 10:14

The death toll from the hurricane-turned-tropical storm climbed to at least five. "We face walls of water at our coasts, along our rivers, across our farmland, in our cities and in our towns". As of Saturday morning, the National Hurricane Center announced that Florence is now a tropical storm with maximum wind speeds of 45 miles per hour and said heavy rains and catastrophic flooding will continue across portions of North and SC.

by | September 16, 2018 | 04:51

A report from George Washington University and the University of Puerto Rico concluded on August 29 that 2,975 likely died as a result of Hurricane Maria and the catastrophic conditions on the US territory after the storm. The mayor of Puerto Rico's capital accused Trump of being "delusional". The estimate of 3,000 dead in Puerto Rico originates in a report by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University.

by | September 16, 2018 | 04:13

But even before the storm made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane on Friday, experts were warning that low-income neighborhoods were already poised to bear the brunt of its ruination. In general, south eastern sections of North Carolina like Wilmington and Fayetteville are at risk of flooding. Gusts reached over 100 miles per hour - the highest recorded in North Carolina since 1958.

by | September 16, 2018 | 03:01

The National Hurricane Center is offering that warning on Tuesday morning as hurricane watches and storm surge watches were issued for the coasts of North Carolina and SC for the first time. The head of Duke Energy Corp.'s North Carolina operations says it could take weeks to restore electricity if the company's prediction that 1 million to 3 million of its 4 million customers lose power.

by | September 16, 2018 | 02:00

Florence was downgraded to a Category 2 storm overnight on the five-level Saffir-Simpson scale but it is still packing hurricane-force winds of 165 kilometres per hour (105 miles per hour), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. "It's going to coming roaring up to the coast Thursday night and say 'I'm not sure I really want to do this and I'll just take a tour of the coast and decide where I want to go inland, '" said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the private Weather Underground.

by | September 16, 2018 | 00:59

In North Carolina, Florence is expected to dump up to 40 inches of rain and storm surge will be high. The bulk of the three media briefings held by police chief Dan House surrounded how they were still anticipating the serious and catastrophic storm surge as well as hurricane force winds.

by | September 15, 2018 | 23:28

The NHC said Florence went ashore near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina , at 7:15 a.m. EDT with estimated maximum winds of 90 miles per hour. Areas like New Bern also could see an additional 3 to 5 feet of storm surge as high tide combines with the seawater still being pushed ashore by Florence, Graham said.

by | September 15, 2018 | 22:31

Florence blew ashore early Friday in North Carolina with 90 miles per hour winds, buckling buildings, deluging entire communities and knocking out power to more than 900,000 homes and businesses as it crawled inland and weakened into a still-lethal tropical storm.

by | September 15, 2018 | 22:25

Beaufort County remains without any watches or warnings at the moment. Its expected sluggishness is becoming more common, possibly a result of climate change, said National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration climate scientist and hurricane expert Jim Kossin.

by | September 15, 2018 | 21:03

As Tropical Storm Helene to the east-northeast of Joyce moves away, Joyce is expected to turn northeastward with an increase in forward speed during the next 24 h, followed by an eastward turn after 48 h. The flooding soon spread into SC, swamping places like North Myrtle Beach, in a resort area known for its white sands and multitude of golf courses.

by | September 15, 2018 | 19:43

Gerst went on to add that seeing the hurricane is chilling, even from space, and shared an additional of three pictures that speak for themselves. The East Coast of the United States was bracing for Hurricane Florence to make landfall Friday, with hundreds of thousands evacuating to avoid potential for deadly wind, rain and flooding.

by | September 15, 2018 | 15:38

Here's video of New Bern, North Carolina where hundreds of people were trapped in flood waters. Pieces of ripped-apart buildings flew through the air. "Nothing's hit the house yet, but it's still blowing". In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door-to-door to pull dozens of people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse.