The National Hurricane Center says that "catastrophic" freshwater flooding is expected over portions of the Carolinas as Hurricane Florence inches closer to the U.S. East Coast. "So if you find yourself here, please get out", meteorologist Erika Navarro pleads, as the virtual waters rise above her head. "I've got four cats inside the house".
New Hanover County officials said Thursday morning that it could accept more residents seeking shelter at Trask Middle School, Eaton Elementary School, Codington Elementary School, the Johnson Pre-K Center and Noble Middle School.
Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m.at Wrightsville Beach, a few miles east of Wilmington and not far from the SC line, coming ashore along a mostly boarded-up, emptied-out stretch of coastline.
Hurricane Florence has just about reached the cost of the Carolinas, set to bring heavy rain and damaging winds to the area tomorrow and through the weekend.
With graphics depicting an intersection on a street in the American state of North Carolina, the forecaster explains what is likely to happen as the water engulfs the state's coastline amid sound effects of wind, rain and rushing water. Twenty inches (50 cm) were reported by early Friday afternoon in the town of Oriental.
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Tom Balance, owner of a seafood restaurant in New Bern, had decided against evacuating his home and was soon alarmed to see waves coming off the Neuse and the water getting higher and higher. Her calls for help went unanswered after large trees blocked roads to her home said a police spokeswoman.
"It's insane", he said in a phone interview.
Jason O. Boyd, the station's digital media manager, posted on the official Twitter account shortly after midnight to say that everyone got out safely.
Right now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center is predicting that Florence will become a tropical storm tomorrow (Sept. 15) over SC, continue northwest to eastern Kentucky, then swing northeast and track over most of New England early next week.
Millions of people could lose power across North and SC. The storm will then turn northward across western North Carolina and the central Appalachian Mountains early next week. Others could only wait and hope someone would come for them.
"In a matter of seconds, my house was flooded up to the waist, and now it is to the chest", she said.
Not everyone was taking Florence too seriously: About two dozen locals gathered Thursday night behind the boarded-up windows of The Barbary Coast bar as Florence blew into Wilmington.
Roughly 1 million people are under evacuation orders.