Answers to the 5 most asked questions about Hurricane Florence

Ismael LynchSep 14, 2018

Weather Underground meteorology director Jeff Masters said Florence eventually could strike as merely a Category 1 hurricane with winds less than 160 km/h, but that's still enough to cause at least $1 billion in damage.

"The time to prepare is nearly over", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a morning news conference.

Michele Johnson said she's anxious about her husband, but "I think he's OK with me going, so I don't stress him out more".

A Hurricane Warning from Duck, North Carolina south into SC, including Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. The wind field has also expanded in the storm, leading to more areas being impacted by strong winds.

Top winds were holding at 90 miles per hour - that's just a Category 1 hurricane - but some communities were already submerged in more than six feet of water as the storm drenched the coast. "This is a lovely beach here I can't imagine how it's going to be when we come back", homeowner Sheryl Andrews said.

The hurricane center is also tracking Isaac, which remains a tropical storm about 100 miles east of Dominica. The typhoon is expected to make landfall in the Philippines Saturday before barreling toward China, Vietnam and Laos.

"I'm not sure if I could go out in the middle of the storm on a 12-foot ladder to replace a window, but I could be on the inside and try to do something. or if the refrigerator goes out". But he was very gracious, very concerned about what was happening here in the area.

"I'm staying. The building's solid and Buddha will protect us", she told AFP news agency.

Near the beach in Wilmington, a Waffle House restaurant, part of a chain with a reputation for staying open during disasters, had no plans to close, even if power was lost, and there were lines to get in on Thursday evening.

Though the hurricane is expected to slow considerably, it's on track to make landfall in southern North Carolina Friday morning as a Category 2 storm.

"Even the rescuers can not stay there", he said.

To put the rain in perspective, Wilmington's three-day rainfall record was 19.66 inches set in 2010, said Jordan Baker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington. "It will probably fall faster than it can leave".

Cooper said state officials are anticipating that tens of thousands of homes will experience flooding.

Numerous communities throughout the region have issued either mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders.

As of 9 a.m. Thursday, Hurricane Florence has grown in size to almost 650 miles wide. Grest shot multiple pictures of the storm and posted them online for all the world to see its beauty and fury both. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU". "We have shifted from preparation to determination".

Myrtle Beach International Airport in SC has also suspended commercial operations, and urges passengers to check with their airlines - not the airport - about upcoming itineraries.

"It's not the middle of a hurricane yet, so why not come for a beer?" said Waters, 54. Guadeloupe, Dominica, and Martinique will feel the most impact. Many low-lying bridges and roads will be closed, with many weakened or washed away. The rest of South and North Carolina, including cities from Charlotte to Raleigh, can expect 6 to 12 inches of rain - and up to 2 feet in isolated areas, the NHC warned.

Cooper and other state officials repeatedly said Thursday motorists should avoid flooded roads at all costs, saying people driving through standing or moving water caused the most deaths during Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

By Friday afternoon, the Triangle's roads could see flooding.

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