More than 870,000 without power as Florence lumbers inland

More than 870,000 without power as Florence lumbers inland

More than 870,000 without power as Florence lumbers inland

Hurricane-force winds extend up to 80 miles from the centre, and tropical storm effects reach 195 miles, The Independent less than 100 miles from Wilmington, North Carolina, the "meandering" Florence has been described as a "horrific nightmare storm" because meteorologists can not pinpoint where it will strike. She said that count is expected to increase significantly. The company said as many as three-fourths of its 4 million customers in North Carolina and SC could lose power.

Most of the damage during Hurricane Matthew in 2016 in North Carolina came from inland flooding - 31 people died and almost 100,000 homes were destroyed.

However, some have chose to ignore the orders and stay in their residences despite officials warning "this is a powerful storm that can kill". A Wilmington mother and her infant child were the first two fatalities attributed to the storm.

Duke has said it could take several weeks to fully restore power in areas that are inaccessible due to flooding.

After appearing headed toward the North Carolina-Virginia border at one point, Florence shifted south and is now taking aim at the Carolinas.

The City of North Myrtle Beach stated its curfew is meant to protect residents, minimize the potential for looting and other crimes, and keep roadways clear for emergency personnel, and includes patronizing restaurants.

The hurricane is expected to make landfall around Wilmington on Friday morning.

North Carolina alone is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons (36 trillion liters), enough to cover the Tar Heel state to a depth of about 10 inches (25 centimeters). Nationwide, airlines canceled more than 2,400 flights through Sunday.

In Pender County, North Carolina, a woman suffered a heart attack and died because hurricane debris blocking roads prevented paramedics from reaching her. More than 60 people had to be rescued in another town as a cinderblock motel collapsed at the height of the storm's fury.

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By early evening, almost 70,000 residents were without electricity, according to North Carolina Emergency Management. "Corn harvest ranges 75 percent in the east to just beginning in the west", said Steve Troxler, the state's agricultural commissioner.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the tweet said. And according to meteorologists, the rainfall in parts of North Carolina could exceed three feet with Florence.

Overcrowded animal shelters in some North Carolina districts were facing a more grim prospect: euthanizing animals that can't be shipped to safety. Roy Cooper said Wednesday. "Plan to be without power for days". Places that are best prepared to cope with natural disasters are ones where people think about the needs of themselves and their neighbors, he said.

"Storm surge and massive flooding - both are going to be extreme. At least 50 shelters are open now across the state".

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster ordered the closure of schools in 18 counties earlier in the week.

He went on to explain as the storm moves inland, and the rivers begin to rise, many people inland will likely need to evacuate as well. Athletic events, notably college football games, also were postponed.

The hurricane is expected to last a few days.

State and local officials warned residents to remain vigilant as Hurricane Florence battered the Carolina coastline with 100-mph winds and surging sea levels. "I'm very nervous about that storm surge".

The National Hurricane Center said the Neuse River near the city is recording more than 10 feet of inundation.

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