Hurricane Florence deluges the Carolinas
- Debra Rodriguez
Most of that excrement sits in open-air pits, known as "lagoons", which blanket the landscape of North Carolina just inland from the coast.
Hurricane-force winds began whipping North Carolina as federal emergency management officials warned that the hurricane remained a "very risky storm" capable of wreaking havoc along a wide swathe of the coast. "We're looking at tropical-storm force winds in our area for several hours, and that can cause a lot of damage - not to mention the rain we're looking at".
The storm's center was about 108 miles (173 km) east of Wilmington, North Carolina, at 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT) but already some 19,000 homes and businesses were without power by mid-afternoon in the Carolinas and Virginia.
Storm surge isn't the only worry associated with the storm, either.
Even though Florence has weakened to Category 2, it will contain a storm surge more like a major hurricane thanks to its massive size and slow movement.
"It's important for people to know this is no ordinary storm and customers could be without power for a very long time".
Gov. Roy Cooper urged state residents to stay on guard despite Florence's projected southwestern storm track.
Florence dipped to Category 2 hurricane strength with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour on Wednesday evening.
Some people who had rejected calls to evacuate took walks along the water as they tried to enjoy a few final hours of normalcy before Florence's fury arrived.
"However, intense rainbands are expected to develop over the Atlantic waters and keep moving along the coast and inland, likely producing strong wind gusts through Saturday (Sept. 15) night", said the NHC in a discussion of the storm.
In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door-to-door to pull people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse. "Our meteorologists are saying that the rainfall amounts will be devastating in certain areas", he said.
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The National Weather Service said as much as 18cm of rain had fallen overnight in some coastal areas.
Right after Florida, the most common plates being seen out in the Orlando streets are SC and North Carolina.
About 800 flights in the region were canceled ahead of the storm, CNN reported. "It's going to be a devastating time for many, many people up and down the coast", as she removed items from an office and moved boats into a cove. A state of emergency has been declared in five coastal states - North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia - as well as the U.S. capital Washington. Federal emergency management officials warned that Florence - while weakening slightly - remains a "very unsafe storm" capable of wreaking havoc along a wide swathe of the coast.
A storm surge warning is in effect for Myrtle Beach, SC to Ocracoke Inlet, NC, and the Pamlico Sound, including the Pamlico and Neuse rivers.
Tropical Storm Isaac is forecast to approach the Lesser Antilles Islands on Thursday.
Wednesday, keen-eyed WFMY staffers noticed there were dozens of Facebook events with ill-advised but hilarious ways to beat the storm, from suggesting we yell "Fake News!" at the hurricane to playing our saxophones in that general direction.
About 10 million people could be affected by the storm and more than 1 million were ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia.
"When you have a swine lagoon breech, it is going to have catastrophic impact on the river", Burdette said.
The East Coast isn't the only area facing the brunt of a storm. A Wilmington mother and her infant child were the first two fatalities attributed to the storm.
Torrential rains brought about significant flooding in some areas, with the rains expected to continue over Oahu through Thursday.
Ms Meacham says the state can house more than 35,000 people if needed. It's moving westward across the eastern Caribbean, where it's expected to bring up to 5 inches of rain across Puerto Rico.
That was the year Hurricane Fran made landfall near Wilmington as a Category 3 storm. Hurricane Helene is veering toward Ireland and Great Britain.
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