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|January 23, 2019|
Hurricane Florence living up to dire predictions
WILMINGTON, N. CAROLINA – Hurricane Florence’s landfall early Friday is likely setting the stage for hours of destruction and life threatening scenarios throughout the Carolinas.
Those who failed to evacuate are awaiting rescue as torrents of rain feed storm-swollen rivers and flooded streets. Hundreds of thousands are without electricity.
Florence’s winds are diminishing as the powerful hurricane is downgraded to Category 1 status.
The National Hurricane Center says the eye made landfall at 7:15am Friday near Wrightsville Beach, east of Wilmington, North Carolina. Winds gusting to 107 miles an hour have been reported on the North Carolina coast.
"This is not the end of it," Jeff Byard of FEMA added, noting that heavy rain and surge will continue for up to 36 hours.
After Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Joaquin in 2015, residents in this region of the country are familiar with the devastating flooding that can occur from storms loaded with tropical moisture.
Story Date: September 14, 2018