‘Straight out of hell.’ Videos capture drama, destruction as Hurricane Florence rages

Sep 16, 2018, 00:31
‘Straight out of hell.’ Videos capture drama, destruction as Hurricane Florence rages

Hurricane Florence made landfall outside Wilmington, North Carolina, about 7:15 a.m. on Friday as a Category 1 storm.

In Belhaven, the Pungo River roared into town, crashing up against homes at a waist-high level and higher late Thursday and early Friday, video from Amy Johnson showed. Some areas of North Carolina saw nearly a foot of rain in just a few hours.

- The remnants of Florence are forecast to track near our area, however, the weather service says there is low confidence on the details given continued uncertainty with the timing and track.

By early afternoon, its winds had weakened to 75 miles per hour, just barely a hurricane and well below the storm's terrifying Category 4 peak of 140 miles per hour earlier in the week.

City officials posted on Facebook that 62 people, including an infant, children and pets, were taken to the Jacksonville Center for Public Safety after the building at 246 Wilmington Highway was damaged around 12:45 a.m.

Hurricane Florence smashed into the U.S. east coast Friday, September 14, with howling winds, torrential rains and life-threatening storm surges as emergency crews scrambled to rescue hundreds of people stranded in their homes by flood waters. Its forward movement was 6 miles per hour (9 kph).

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Screaming winds bent trees and led to near-horizontal rain as Florence's leading edge whipped the Carolina coast to begin an onslaught that could last for days, leaving a wide area underwater from both heavy downpours and rising seas. Forecasters warned of "catastrophic" freshwater flooding along the Carolinas.

Four shelters were now open, Roberts said, adding that dispatchers received a call for 17 people stranded all on one street.

Florence's circulation was pushing water ashore, especially north of its eye, in coastal or riverside towns like New Bern and Belhaven, turning land to lakes.

The Miami-based center had said earlier Friday Florence's arrival would come with "catastrophic" fresh water flooding over portions of the Carolinas.

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 officials called a "once in a lifetime" storm. Mayor Dana Outlaw told The Charlotte Observer about 200 had been rescued by 5 a.m. Residents reached out for help through the night by phone and social media.

Farther up the coast, in New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River trapped people. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", it added.

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For the latest on Hurricane Florence, visit the FOX 46 Resource Center. Hurricane Florence will get a flat ground after its landfall for several miles which will further enhance the damaging capabilities of the Hurricane. "Lots of water, lots of wind, lots of storm surge".

It is expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said. The greatest storm surge inundation is expected between Cape Fear and Cape Hatteras, including the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers and western Pamlico Sound.

Hurricane Florence has hit the USA coast leaving streets inundated with ocean water and tens of thousands of homes without power.

Conditions are rapidly deteriorating along the coast of the Carolinas as Florence approaches.

The storm's intensity diminished as it neared land, with winds dropping to 90 miles per hour (135 kph) by nightfall.

Hurricane Florence is set to inundate nearly all of North Carolina in several feet of water, State Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference, while National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear predicted up to eight months' worth of rain in two or three days.

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