Hurricane Florence Hits North Carolina

Hurricane Florence Hits North Carolina

The first hurricane-force winds from Florence began slapping the coastal areas of North Carolina late Thursday with a steady churn of heavy rain and storm surge.  Florence was expected to officially make landfall today , although the storm has already begun to batter the North Carolina coast with hurricane-force (75+ mph) winds and potentially deadly storm surge.  Wind gusts of up to 97 mph were reported at a U.S. weather monitoring station at Cape Lookout, North Carolina, and 99 mph at Fort Macon, North Carolina.  Florence diminished to Category 2 strength but will remain powerful enough to sock the Carolinas with brutal wind, rain and storm surge. A Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator urged people in mandatory evacuation areas to get out. And he warned that the storm cleanup will take time and patience.  More than 1 million people were evacuated from coastal areas, and 10 million live within areas of hurricane or tropical storm warnings and watches. Storm surges of up to 13 feet will be “life-threatening” and rainfall of up to 40 inches will mean “catastrophic” flooding.
in North Carolina before Florence made landfall.