Curfews implemented across Grand Strand as Hurricane Florence hits coast

Curfews implemented across Grand Strand as Hurricane Florence hits coast

Kenneth Drake
September 17, 2018

"This storm will bring destruction", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said.

By Friday evening, the centre of the storm had moved to eastern SC, with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour.

A gust of 105 miles per hour was recorded at Wilmington airport, surpassing the power of Hurricane Fran two decades ago.

UPDATE (12:15 p.m.) - A mother and infant in North Carolina died after a tree fell on their home as a result of Hurricane Florence.

Wilmington police tweeted that the father was transported to the hospital with unspecified injuries.

Tom Ballance said his wife went to Atlanta and he stayed behind in their New Bern home with their three dogs and a cat.

"The National Hurricane Center said Florence is moving very slowly to the west at only 6 miles an hour, then is expected to turn to the southwest, increasing the threat for historic storm surge and catastrophic flooding to coastline areas and inland cities in North Carolina and SC".

High winds and storm surge from the hurricane hit Swansboro, North Carolina, bending and uprooting trees and flooding streets.

According to the Weather Prediction Center, Wrightsville Beach had received over 18 inches of rain from 2 p.m. ET Thursday to 10 a.m. ET Friday.

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The port city of Wilmington woke Friday to the sound of exploding electrical transformers with strong gusts throwing street signs and other debris as well as water in all directions, according to an AFP reporter at the scene. Forecasters said the onslaught could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas. More than 20,000 people in North Carolina spent the night in emergency shelters Friday night.

More than 1.7 million people in Virginia, North and SC were told to evacuate ahead of Florence's arrival.

Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Once winds drop to 73 miles per hour, Florence will become a tropical storm.

-A 61-year-old woman was killed late Friday when the vehicle she was driving struck a tree near the town of Union, South Carolina, Capt. Kelley Hughes of the South Carolina Highway Patrol said.

"We are saddened by the sudden passing of one of our community, and our hearts go out to the family and friends who are now grieving during such an already stressful period", Amanda Hutcheson, the Brunswick County Government public information officer wrote in an email.

Forecasters said that given the storm's size and sluggish track, it could cause epic damage akin to what the Houston area saw during Hurricane Harvey just over a year ago, with floodwaters swamping homes and businesses and washing over industrial waste sites and hog-manure ponds. The city said two Federal Emergency Management Agency teams were working on swift-water rescues, and more were on the way.

"Damaging hurricane-force winds are occurring along portions of the North Carolina coast and are expected to spread to portions of the SC coast" later on Friday.

"I don't care if it was $250 million; it's not about that", he said. Then it will swing to the northeast in the middle of next week on a path to the Atlantic Ocean near Nova Scotia, where it will be an extratropical low with gale-force winds.