Hurricane Florence Storm Surge: The Craziest Videos & Photos

Hurricane Florence Storm Surge: The Craziest Videos & Photos

Hurricane Florence Storm Surge: The Craziest Videos & Photos

And there is also a major threat from freshwater, with warnings of "catastrophic" flooding from lakes, rivers and freshwater reserves expected over parts of the Carolinas and Virginia.

A now-weakened Category 2 storm, Hurricane Florence still is expected to be "extremely dangerous" and "life threatening", the National Hurricane Center said.

The hurricane's surge could cover large swathes of the Carolina coast under as much as 11ft (3.3m) of seawater. Wind damage is expected as well, with hurricane-force sustained winds and wind gusts topping 100 miles per hour in some places.

Keith Acre of North Carolina's Department of Emergency Management said: "This has been a really large evacuation and sheltering operation, probably the largest we've done, so that has not been an east lift".

On Thursday evening, Florence's forward movement was just 5mph. Federal emergency management officials warned that Florence - while weakening slightly - remains a "very risky storm" capable of wreaking havoc along a wide swathe of the coast.

Forecasters warned that Florence was poised to create a unsafe storm surge of up to 13 feet in parts of North Carolina.

Mr Cooper's office said the current emergency declaration was helping state officials prepare for the storm.

It was initially unclear how many people ended up being rescued. The Outer Banks of North Carolina took the initial brunt Thursday afternoon, with parts of Highway 12 - the main road that runs through Ocracoke and Hatteras islands - flooding and becoming impassable. This expansion in size only increases the hurricane's energy and potential for significant storm surge.

"There is going to be a lot of rain".

Trini-born USA citizen Marion Williams said in Baltimore Maryland, there has been intermittent rain for the past four to five days. "Our meteorologists are saying that the rainfall amounts will be devastating in certain areas", he said. Gen. Robert Livingston. "While that rain is still coming down for a couple of days, one to two days later you're going to have stuff coming from North Carolina and things coming in from the Upstate".

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A mother from Asheboro, North Carolina, was advised to leave the hotel where she'd been vacationing with her family, CBS News reported. We know it has forced the cancellation of almost 1,800 flights, with more to come, and that it has already caused serious flooding in coastal areas.

About 10 million people live in the path of the slow-moving storm and more than 1 million had been ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia, jamming westbound roads and highways for miles.

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland have declared states of emergency.

"Remember most storm deaths occur from drowning in fresh water, often in cars".

He said hurricane-force winds extend outward 80 miles from the center of the storm and tropical storm-force winds extend almost 200 miles out.

A hurricane watch is in effect for Edisto Beach, SC, to South Santee River, SC.

In New Bern, at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers in North Carolina, the storm surge overwhelmed the town of 30,000.

Young and his team of scientists including Katie Peek and Blair Tormey built the database which tracks all storm surge levels since the 1800s. CoreLogic noted at the time of its advisory that SC is not included in the table as it is not expected to exceed tropical storm force winds based on the projected track.

The East Coast isn't the only area facing the brunt of a storm. Tropical Storm Olivia made a double landfall in Hawaii Wednesday morning, first in west Maui then Lanai, KHNL reports.

While the Piedmont Triad does not now face a direct hit, we are still expected to face significant rain. By 10 a.m., the end of the Oceanana Pier had always been swaying, rocking back and forth a few feet each way, every time a powerful wave came crashing through it. Gusts of wind were powerful enough to make sitting in a parked auto feel like riding through turbulence in an airplane.

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