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Hurricane Florence: South Carolina vs. Marshall matchup canceled due to storm

Hurricane Florence: South Carolina vs. Marshall matchup canceled due to storm

Hurricane Florence blew ashore in the USA state of North Carolina with howling 90 miles per hour (144 km/h) winds and terrifying storm surge early Friday, felling trees, splintering buildings, trapping hundreds of people and swamping entire communities along the coast.

In addition to inundating the coast with wind-driven storm surges of seawater as high as 9 feet (2.7 meters) along the Carolina coast, Florence could dump 20 to 30 inches (51-76 cm) of rain, with up to 40 inches (1 metre) in parts of North Carolina, the NHC said.

"Significant weakening is forecast over the weekend and into early next week while Florence moves farther inland", NHC said.

WILMINGTON (North Carolina) • Hurricane Florence, weakened but still unsafe, crashed into the Carolinas yesterday as a giant, slow-moving storm that stranded residents with flood waters and swamped part of the town of New Bern at the beginning of what could be a days-long deluge. The hurricane center said Florence will approach the coast Thursday and Friday and linger for a while before rolling ashore.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.

For people living inland in the Carolinas, the moment of maximum peril from flash flooding could arrive days later, because it takes time for rainwater to drain into rivers and for those streams to crest.

But authorities warned Florence has an enormous wind field that has been growing larger, raising the risk of the ocean surging on to land and making Florence extremely risky.

Authorities warned, too, of the threat of mudslides and the risk of environmental havoc from floodwaters washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.

"This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast", said Jeff Byard, associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Emergency declarations were in force in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

KHOU reports the storm could bring 10 inches of rain to isolated spots in South Texas.

On Friday, coastal streets in the Carolinas flowed with frothy ocean water, and pieces of torn-apart buildings flew through the air.

Steve Troxler, North Carolina's Agriculture Commissioner, says preparation is key to minimizing losses.

"This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coastline".

The hurricane came ashore early on Friday, pounding the state with torrential rain and high winds. Nationwide, airlines canceled more than 2,400 flights through Sunday.

Downtown New Bern, on the Neuse River also is flooded. "You may need to move up to the second storey, or to your attic, but we are coming to get you".

Boat teams including volunteers rescued some 360 residents, including Sadie Marie Holt, 67, who first tried to row out of her neighborhood during Florence's assault. But it was clear that this was really about the water, not the wind.

"We're just trying to plan for the future here, not having a house for an extended period of time", David Garrigus said. She retreated and was eventually rescued by a boat crew; 140 more awaited assistance.

"Honestly, I grew up in Wilmington".

"I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence", Deal said.


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