The initial outer bands of Hurricane Florence have arrived at the eastern-most barrier islands of North Carolina. The winds are driving water from the Atlantic Ocean in 20 foot tall waves smashing into homes which are collapsing almost immediately when hit.
Water is carrying tons of sand into surrounding streets, which clogs sewers causing almost immediate flooding.
. . . and these are just the outer bands of the hurricane. It will get worse from here on out. Much worse.
Local Sheriffs have begun asking people who CHOSE to remain, for the names of their next-of-kin. Such people are being personally told NO EMERGENCY RESPONDERS will answer their calls for help until the storm is over because they were repeatedly told to evacuate!
The 4 Minute video below begins to tell the story, and does so far better than I can:
As of 2:00 PM EDT, the Hurricane "eye" is still 110 miles southeast of landfall. It is moving northwest around 10 MPH, so it will be another ELEVEN HOURS until the eye even makes landfall. As it gets closer, ALL the storm conditions will grow far worse.
That means everything you see in the video above, will get so much worse, it defies description.
For DAYS, I have been telling people to evacuate. Some stayed. It is very likely many of them are going to die within the next 24 hours. They were not "brave" they were stupid.
It's too late for these folks, These houses will be knocked off their foundations within minutes:
And these homes are gonners in a little while as well . . .
Ocean water flows like river down Cape Hatteras Pier Drive and washes over NC 12 already depositing a layer of sand. pic.twitter.com/7HywTv24xz— Jeff Hampton (@jeffhampton56) September 13, 2018
Power outages already are creeping up along the North Carolina coast as tropical storm-force winds started sweeping over land.
Electric utilities and cooperatives reported about 12,000 outages statewide as of early Thursday afternoon, with nearly all of them at the coast. Most of the homes and businesses without electricity are in Carteret and Craven counties. Both are north of the eye's projected path and expected to get massive amounts of rain- potentially 20 inches (50 centimeters) or more.
Duke Energy is the largest of the utilities in the Carolinas. The company predicts Carolinas power outages caused by Florence will range from 1 million to 3 million customers. It's got more than 20,000 workers from the Carolinas and other states in place to restore power.
Here's the latest Update from the National Hurricane Center.
293 WTNT31 KNHC 131753 CCA TCPAT1 BULLETIN Hurricane Florence Intermediate Advisory Number 57A...Corrected NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL062018 200 PM EDT Thu Sep 13 2018 Corrected distances in summary block. ...HEAVY RAINBANDS WITH TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS SPREADING ACROSS THE OUTER BANKS AND COASTAL SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA... ...LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGE AND RAINFALL EXPECTED... SUMMARY OF 200 PM EDT...1800 UTC...INFORMATION ---------------------------------------------- LOCATION...33.6N 76.0W ABOUT 110 MI...180 KM ESE OF WILMINGTON NORTH CAROLINA ABOUT 165 MI...270 KM E OF MYRTLE BEACH SOUTH CAROLINA MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...105 MPH...165 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 315 DEGREES AT 10 MPH...17 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...955 MB...28.20 INCHES WATCHES AND WARNINGS -------------------- CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY: None. SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT: A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for... * South Santee River South Carolina to Duck North Carolina * Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, including the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for... * Edisto Beach South Carolina to South Santee River South Carolina * North of Duck North Carolina to the North Carolina/Virginia border A Hurricane Warning is in effect for... * South Santee River South Carolina to Duck North Carolina * Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds A Hurricane Watch is in effect for... * Edisto Beach South Carolina to South Santee River South Carolina A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for... * North of Duck North Carolina to Cape Charles Light Virginia * Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort Interests elsewhere in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic states should monitor the progress of Florence. A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline. For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at hurricanes.gov. This is a life-threatening situation. Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions. Promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials. A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life- threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline. A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within the next 12 to 24 hours. Preparations to protect life and property should be nearing completion. A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office. DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK ---------------------- At 200 PM EDT (1800 UTC), data from an Air Force Reserve Unit Hurricane Hunter aircraft and NOAA Doppler weather radars indicate that Florence was located near latitude 33.6 North, longitude 76.0 West. Florence is moving toward the northwest near 10 mph (17 km/h). This general motion, accompanied by a gradual decrease in forward speed, is expected through today. A turn toward the west- northwest and west at an even slower forward speed is expected by tonight and continuing into Friday, and a slow west-southwestward motion is forecast Friday night and Saturday. On the forecast track, the center of Florence will approach the coasts of North and South Carolina later today, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina in the hurricane warning area tonight and Friday. A slow motion across portions of eastern South Carolina is forecast Friday night through Saturday night. Data from the aircraft and Doppler weather radars indicate that maximum sustained winds remain near 105 mph (165 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is expected before the eye of Florence reaches the coast, with weakening expected after the center moves inland. Florence is a large hurricane. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles (315 km). A NOAA reporting station at Cape Lookout, North Carolina, recently reported a sustained wind of 53 mph (85 km/h) and a gust to 63 mph (101 km/h). Weatherflow private observing stations in North Carolina recently reported a sustained wind of 53 mph (85 km/h) and a gust to 70 mph (113 km/h) at Fort Macon, a sustained wind of 47 mph (72 km/h) and a gust to 60 mph (97 km/h) in Ocracoke, and a sustained wind of 45 mph (72 km/h) and a gust to 56 mph (90 km/h) in Pamlico Sound. The estimated minimum central pressure based on recent data from the aircraft remains at 955 mb (28.20 inches). HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND ---------------------- STORM SURGE: The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water has the potential to reach the following heights above ground if peak surge occurs at the time of high tide... Cape Fear NC to Cape Lookout NC, including the Neuse, Pamlico, Pungo, and Bay Rivers...9-13 ft North Myrtle Beach SC to Cape Fear NC...6-9 ft Cape Lookout NC to Ocracoke Inlet NC...6-9 ft South Santee River SC to North Myrtle Beach SC...4-6 ft Ocracoke Inlet NC to Salvo NC...4-6 ft Salvo NC to North Carolina/Virginia Border...2-4 ft Edisto Beach SC to South Santee River SC...2-4 ft The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves. Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short distances. For information specific to your area, please see products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office. RAINFALL: Florence is expected to produce heavy and excessive rainfall in the following areas... Coastal North Carolina into far northeastern South Carolina...20 to 30 inches, isolated 40 inches. This rainfall will produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding. Remainder of South Carolina and North Carolina into southwest Virginia...6 to 12 inches, isolated 15 inches. WIND: Hurricane conditions are expected to reach the coast within the hurricane warning area this evening or early Friday. Tropical storm conditions are already moving onshore within the warning area. TORNADOES: A few tornadoes are possible in eastern North Carolina through Friday. SURF: Swells generated by Florence are affecting Bermuda, portions of the U.S. East Coast, and the northwestern and central Bahamas. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office. NEXT ADVISORY ------------- Next complete advisory at 500 PM EDT. $$ Forecaster Stewart
The police chief of a barrier island in Florence's bulls'-eye said he was asking for next-of-kin contact information from the few residents who refused to leave.
"I'm not going to put our personnel in harm's way, especially for people that we've already told to evacuate," Wrightsville Beach Police Chief Dan House said.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper urged residents to remain alert despite changing forecasts.
"Don't relax, don't get complacent. Stay on guard. This is a powerful storm that can kill. Today the threat becomes a reality," he said.
About 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches, the National Weather Service said.
A Small Magnitude 2.6 EARTHQUAKE struck South Caroline near the Georgia border at 2:27 AM EDT this morning:
Quake Report from USGS
Forward motion of the storm has virtually STALLED directly over the warm Gulf Stream waters in the Atlantic Ocean. NHC has just INCREASED sustained wind measurement; storm seems to be STRENGTHENING.
Nearly 70,000 are without power in North Carolina
There are 68,892 customers are currently without power statewide according to North Carolina Emergency Management.
The top counties affected are Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow and Pamlico, the agency reported.
Ocean waves are hitting the shore SO HARD they are being picked up by earthquake seismographs!