A NOAA reporting station at Cape Lookout, North Carolina reported a sustained winds of 68mph (109km/h). Storm surges aren't walls of water, like a tsunami, as commonly thought. So as the temperature of ocean water goes up, we might expect the intensity of hurricanes to increase in future. "Any height of that wave is on top of that twelve feet". Also, a 77-year-old man was apparently knocked down by the wind and died after going out to check on his hunting dogs, Lenoir County authorities said, and the governor's office said a man was electrocuted while trying to connect extension cords in the rain.
Life-threatening storm surges and hurricane-force winds are occurring along the North Carolina coast, with the threat of freshwater flooding seen increasing over the next several days, it added. Others got well over a foot.
It's not just beach areas that are at risk.
In a large briefing room peppered with monitors broadcasting the river flood outlook and key takeaways from the storm, the state's Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen and Highway Patrol Sgt. Michael Baker filmed short videos reminding residents not to drive through standing water or operate gas generators indoors. And National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said that's a particular worry with Florence.
FEMA's Long warned the danger was not only along the coast: "Inland flooding kills a lot of people, unfortunately, and that's what we're about to see", he said.
The full impact of the storm surge on the coast will depend on whether the storm's arrival coincides with high tide.
Hurricane Florence has only just begun to wreak havoc along the Carolina coastlines, but already people are capturing absolutely shocking footage of the storm surges from the category 2 hurricane. I love hurricanes. But this one has been an experience for me. Another 8 million people live in areas covered by hurricane and tropical storm warnings. A Category 5 hurricane (which means winds of 157 miles per hour or higher) is more likely to destroy a building, but heavier rainfall makes it easier to drown in that building.
"The fact is this storm is deadly and we know we are days away from an ending", Cooper said. Masters estimated that storm surge caused at least $3 billion in damage, compared with maybe $1 billion for wind damage.
Winds and rain were arriving later in SC, and a few people were still walking on the sand at Myrtle Beach while North Carolina was getting pounded. "We're able", he said. "I had to be there". Hurricane-force winds are expected to spread to parts of the coast Friday.
Over 1,400 flights have been cancelled, according to FlightAware.com, as most of the coastal region's airports are closed to ride out the storm. That's particularly risky because the ocean comes back quickly with 6 feet (2 meters) or more of water. This means that the water level will be higher than the number of feet predicted in the storm surge.
Tides are another factor. Minor to moderate coastal flooding at times of high tide are likely on the Atlantic side of the Delmarva Peninsula and possible along the New Jersey barrier islands and back bays.
Seas have risen from global warming, making all of this even worse.
- Toujours plus grand, toujours plus cher — L'iPhone d'Apple
- Dead, 'Catastrophic Flooding' as Florence Hovers Over Carolinas
- 'Uninvited brute': Hurricane Florence pounds the Carolinas
- Local woman stays in North Carolina despite arrival of Hurricane Florence
- Fellow Republicans Disagree With Trump on Puerto Rico
- IPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max get stronger and smarter
- Hurricane Florence: Giant, slow-moving storm causes deluge as it makes landfall
- The Buzz | Tropical bands from Florence begin lashing Carolinas
- New Stats Support Umpire Carlos Ramos In Dispute With Serena Williams
- Pep Guardiola clarifies Kevin De Bruyne buy-out clause quotes