Florence Landfall – The Deluge Begins
Hurricane Florence made landfall at around 7:15 a.m. Friday morning as a Category 1 at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina according to wsbtv. She was packing 85-87 mph winds, with gusts up to 105 mph. According to @NWSWilmingtonNC, the gust of 105 mph is the highest to hit the area since 1958. But as we mentioned previously, it isn’t the winds, it’s the water.
Downed trees, power lines, and ever increasing flood waters are the main issues.
Behind her are two US warships: The USS Kearsarge and USS Arlington, that have followed the hurricane in preparation for rescue operations.
Military Times reported,
Amphibious warships Kearsarge and Arlington are literally pursuing Hurricane Florence to shore, and will begin the now so-familiar rooftop rescues along the Carolinas and wider area as soon as the storm subsides, the top general for homeland defense said Thursday.
The ships are part of the 7,000 combined National Guard and active duty personnel who have formed a pre-positioned net around the country’s eastern coast, ready to perform rescues with high-water military trucks and helicopters.
After the wind comes the rain and the storm surge.
The NC Emergency Managment says that over 485,000 residents are without power so far. (This number changes by the minute).
Current statewide power outage total is at 485,143, with the highest concentration in Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Robeson, Sampson, Wake and Wayne counties. Find updates here: https://t.co/AXU5VpxXnK. #FlorenceNC
— NC Emergency Managem (@NCEmergency) September 14, 2018
In addition to water, there appear to be other dangers lurking in the waters. Is it real?
— James Lawrence (@JamesLa39333155) September 12, 2018
New Bern, North Carolina took a hit from the flooding. As the waters continue to rise in NC, Florence is tracking toward South Carolina.
At least 200 people have been rescued so far, according to news reports. The Cajun Navy is also on site, with about 310 people from 9 states.
Featured photo: Twitter screenshot via @leeann0252