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Hurricane Florence makes landfall, set to deluge Carolinas

Hurricane Florence makes landfall, set to deluge Carolinas

THE life-threatening hurricane, Florence, is expected to hover the Carolinas in the United States with torrential rains, high winds and massive coastal erosion.

Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles.

NHC Director Ken Graham said on Facebook the storm surges could push as far as 2 miles (3 km) inland.

Volvo closed its new plant in Charleston, South Carolina, which employs 1,000 people who make the company's S60 sedan.

It will likely come on shore Friday near Wilmington, North Carolina.

Trinidadians living overseas are vigorously preparing themselves for the hurricane.

Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it's unclear how many did. The family is hoping for the best, given the potential threats the hurricane poses to lives and properties.

As the climate warms, the way air moves through the atmosphere can become disrupted, possibly blocking these types of storms in place more often. "We recently moved in the area and it does not seem to be a flood zone", James told Newsday. He was pleased to get the texts, a sign that he still had cell phone reception, and chose to go rev up his generator that is now powering is refrigerator and his satellite TV, which he's spent a portion of Friday watching.

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In a Thursday night tweet, Trump took a different view, echoing criticism from conservative pundits from recent days. He added that, "actively undermining U.S. policy as a former secretary of state is literally unheard of".

"We have been up here for like three or four hours", Perry added, "and there's no windows up here in the attic, so I put a light in the window so they would know someone's here".

The US National Hurricane Center described how winds of up to 90 miles (150 kilometers) per hour were pummeling the state of North Carolina. That's down from a high of 140mph, but still expected to cause "life-threatening storm surge and rainfall". US President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed declarations of emergency for North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, freeing up federal resources for storm response.

The biggest danger, as forecasters saw it, was not the wind but the water: the storm surge along the coastline and the prospect of 300 to 1000mm of rain over the next several days that could trigger catastrophic flooding in a slow-motion disaster well inland.

FEMA and the National Weather Service also urged residents along the coast to evacuate. Fortunately for House, he says this storm should not be a devastating event for the beach town in terms of loss of life.

The centre urges people within the affected areas to take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other unsafe conditions.

The tropical storm-force winds from Helene should begin impacting the Azores around 8 a.m. Monday.

A tree fell on a homeowner's vehicle, parked in the driveway as Hurricane Florence made landfall in Wilmington, North Carolina.


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