Hurricane Florence looks absolutely wild from the International Space Station

Fury over Donald Trump dismissing Puerto Rico hurricane death toll

The storm surge is expected to rob the water stage smartly above a median person's head, though it will also steal days for the water to reach its plump high farther inland."It's the water that tends to abolish people", said Jessica Whitehead, a coastal communities hazard adaptation specialist with North Carolina Sea Grant.

Dawn Baldwin Gibson, 47, a minister and private school founder who lives on a farm closer to the coast in nearby Pamlico County and runs a Facebook page about weather in eastern North Carolina, had evacuated to New Bern to stay with family, thinking it would be a safer spot.

The destination for the crews is Camp McCrady, a National Guard training center in SC. As the system continues its way through our neighbor to the south, its dropping inches of rain upon the Piedmont Triad.

Relief will not come quickly. Cooper cited a National Weather Service forecast that said almost the entire state could be covered in several feet of water.

Evacuation warnings were issued for 1.7 million people in the region. The rivers are in most cases several days from cresting.

Cruise ships have diverted to Florida away from the storm's path, and some hotels are offering special discounts for evacuees.

Some towns have experienced as much 60 centimetres of rain, and forecasters warn that could rise to a metre of downpours, triggering floods deep inland.

There is really nowhere for the water to go.

Fury over Donald Trump dismissing Puerto Rico hurricane death toll

The city of Jacksonville's statement says people have been moved to the city's public safety center as officials work to find a more permanent shelter. We know how to manage expectations. State Sen. Danny Britt, R, put out a call on Facebook for volunteers to fill the sandbags and, with the help of 40 members of the National Guard, dam a railway channel that has been problematic during floods. "We got thrown into mailboxes, houses, trees", said Holt, who had stayed at home because of a doctor's appointment that was later canceled. "Sixty mile-per-hour winds, shingles flying off their own homes, and they're here working for everyone else". Storm Helene and tropical storm Isaac are churning at some stage within the Atlantic Ocean, whereas Storm Mangkhut threatens 5 million people within the Philippines and China.

And so as a pelting rain fell Friday, residents worked in soaked T-shirts and shorts to try to stave off another disaster. He was taking a stroll on the beach before the arrival of Hurricane Florence. On Friday afternoon it was traveling at just 3 to 5 miles per hour, still near the coast.

"Hurricane Florence is powerful, slow and relentless", he said. "You don't want slow, but that's what we have". "If not, we'd be stuck upstairs for the next. how long?"

The coast has been battered, and the mountains appear to be next.

Also of concern is the sprawling Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia and Marine Corps bases at Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point in North Carolina and at Parris Island in SC. Florence could add another six to 10 inches of rainfall this weekend.

"New Bern is just not used to this level of a hurricane", with damaging gales, rains, storm surge and flash flooding, said New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw.

"You evacuate from water", Cline said. "That is a lot of rain and all that rain runs off into the rivers and we've been talking about this - there is elevation as you get further west into North Carolina".

The number of outages is expected to keep growing.

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