On the Southeastern Coast | Friday, September 14, 2018 | Florence makes Landfall!
***500,000 off the city grid
***Over 60 people had to be evacuated from a hotel in Jacksonville NC
Prayers to all who are dealing with this hurricane Florence.
Here is LIVE Video of the devastation on the coast…
Hurricane Florence fast facts
- Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina at about 7:15 a.m., the National Hurricane Center said. The storm weakened slightly to a strong Category 1 storm late Thursday and had 90 mph sustained winds Friday.
- Police say 150-200 residents have been rescued in New Burn. About 150 others are still awaiting rescue.
- Life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds were occurring along the North Carolina coast. “Catastrophic” freshwater flooding is expected over portions of the Carolinas.
- Florence is expected to move further inland across southeastern North Carolina and eastern South Carolina Friday and Saturday. The storm will move generally northward across the western Carolinas and the central Appalachian Mountains early next week.
- Hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 70 miles from the storm’s center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles, the hurricane center said at 11 a.m.
- About 20,000 people checked into 157 shelters in North Carolina. There were 400 residents at shelters in Virginia, where the forecast was less dire.
- At least 525,000 homes and businesses were without power, mostly in North Carolina and nearly 1,500 flights have been canceled through Saturday.
- 1.7 million people are under mandatory and voluntary evacuations orders, and more than 10 million people live in places under storm watches or warnings.