Webcams: Watch hurricane Florence make landfall

Muriel Hammond
September 17, 2018

On Wednesday, Florence was downgraded twice from its peak as a Category 4 storm which causes "catastrophic damage". It is now at Category 1.

Friday looks hot and dry with only a slim chance of a few spotty showers as Hurricane Florence stalls near the North Carolina-South Carolina border.

More than 421,000 South Carolinians already have evacuated from the coast, McMaster said.

At least 150,000 people were without power in North Carolina early Friday with the brunt of the storm yet to come, according to utility companies.

The hurricane was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico past year.

"The storm surge forecast with this storm has not changed", warned Brock Long, the head of FEMA.

"This storm will bring destruction", said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.

The storm's centre was about 50 miles south of Morehead City at around 11 pm (03:00 GMT Friday).

In New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River left 500 people in peril.

Myrtle Beach, a SC beach resort, was virtually deserted with empty streets, boarded up storefronts and very little traffic.


"On a scale of 1 to 10, I'm probably a 7" in terms of worry, she said.

US President Donald Trump touted the government's readiness and urged people to get out of the way. "But we can't replace us so we made a decision to come here".

Just before 5am ET (10am BST) the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said the eye of the storm was about to make landfall in North Carolina as hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated.

WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The outer edges of Hurricane Florence began lashing coastal North Carolina with heavy winds and flooding roads on Thursday hours before expected landfall that will bring walls of water and lingering downpours. Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles.

Some areas could receive as much as 40 inches of rain, forecasters said. While most golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area were open within two weeks of Hurricane Matthew in 2016, Florence could be different because it's forecast to deliver a 13-foot (4-meter) ocean surge and flooding rains.

About 1.7 million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders and millions of others live in areas likely to be affected by what has been described as the most severe storm to hit the region in decades.

Winds were already picking up along the coastline on Thursday morning and Myrtle Beach was virtually deserted with empty streets, boarded up storefronts and very little traffic.

On Monday, with the storm appearing to shift south, McMaster, the SC governor, ordered schools in Aiken County, near the Georgia line, to close for the rest of the week to free up shelter space for hurricane evacuees. Listen to local officials, and make sure you heed their advice.

Rain bands are already affecting the eastern part of North Carolina and SC, with rain increasing and waves growing. A 78-year-old man was electrocuted attempting to connect extension cords while another man died when he was blown down by high winds while checking on his hunting dogs, a county spokesman said. "I've never been one to leave for a storm, but this one kind of had me spooked".

"The idea of having to leave with my two cats and go somewhere for a week or more. once you leave, you don't know how many days it will be before you can return", a Wilmington resident named Kate tells VOA.

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