As much as 30 to 40 inches (76-102 cm) of rain could fall on coastal areas in North and SC, the National Hurricane Center said. At least 4 people killed, including mother and baby . Officials in North Myrtle Beach, where some flooding was occurring, did report some delays in their 911 emergency system, according to a news release, but their public safety personnel are still out in the community.
Florence's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Thursday at 105 miles per hour (165 kph) after it was downgraded to a Category 2 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the NHC. "Tropical storm conditions are expected to spread inland across the remainder of the warning area through Saturday", the NHC said. What's left of Florence also could bring long lines of thunderstorms to the area as it moves through, threatening to create pop-up delays and cancellations in the same ...
Misuse of government resources has come back to haunt past Trump administration officials. FEMA is already under scrutiny as the potentially devastating Hurricane Florence prepares to make landfall along the Carolina coast. "Doing something unethical is not part of my DNA and it's not part of my track record in my whole entire career", said Long, who leads the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
A North Carolina city says about 70 people have been rescued from a hotel whose structural integrity is being threatened by Hurricane Florence . Home Depot and Lowe's activated emergency response centers to get generators, trash bags and bottled water to stores before and after the storm.
Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind does. At Cape Lookout there were sustained winds of 83 miles per hour and gusts of 106. Florence's top winds were clocked on Thursday evening at 90 miles per hour (150 km/h) as it churned in the Atlantic Ocean, down from a peak of 140 miles per hour (224 km/h) earlier this week when it was classified as a Category 4 storm before being downgraded.
As Florence pounded away, it unloaded heavy rain, flattened trees, chewed up roads and knocked out power to more than a half-million homes and businesses. But weather officials have cautioned that Florence's promise of heavy rains - and the flash flooding and prolonged flooding it will cause - likely will be the storm's most unsafe impact, especially since the storm surges will block the usual flow of water back to the ocean.