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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.  

TOO LATE!

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 . . .

 

Latest Forecast: 44" Rain!

 

 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.

 . . . And if all that wasn't bad enough . . . .

A Small Magnitude 2.6 EARTHQUAKE struck South Caroline near the Georgia border at 2:27 AM EDT this morning:

Quake Report from USGS

 

 UPDATE 6:59 PM EDT --

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!

 

 Power Outages growing:

 

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  • This commment is unpublished.
    Mark · 02:14 09/14/2018
    Who was the jackwagon who left the flag up in that weather ?
  • This commment is unpublished.
    OccamsRazor · 22:01 09/13/2018
    Building materials are going to skyrocket again.
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    John Robert Mallernee · 15:52 09/13/2018
    Thursday 13 September 2018
    1350 Hours Mountain Daylight Time

    LIVE STREAMING VIDEO from
    FRYING PAN TOWER on the North Carolina coast:

    https://youtu.be/bf19KnjEQTA
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    John Robert Mallernee · 15:33 09/13/2018
    Thursday 13 September 2018
    1335 Hours Mountain Daylight Time

    LIVE STREAMING VIDEO:

    https://youtu.be/bf19KnjEQTA
  • This commment is unpublished.
    John Robert Mallernee · 15:26 09/13/2018
    Thursday 13 September 2018
    1330 Hours Mountain Daylight Time

    LIVE STREAMING VIDEO:

    https://youtu.be/gQb5V57jlxo
    • This commment is unpublished.
      John Robert Mallernee · 15:44 09/13/2018
      No long LIVE streaming video, but showing recorded video, probably due to severity of the weather conditions.
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      guest · 15:44 09/13/2018
      As interesting as the videos are-I wish that I didn't believe that the folks taking them are insane for being there, as they are likely to be dead by tomorrow morning.
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    Tim · 15:23 09/13/2018
    A little footnote to the hurricane Harvey story below ... that my nephews wife adopted a dog that was rescued from Hurricane Harvey... we live in Cali
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    Texas Wolf · 15:21 09/13/2018
    Saw this stalling with Harvey in Houston. The water is going to do much more damage than the wind. Pray for Carolina!
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    Tim · 15:21 09/13/2018
    Wow....scary... we moved to Houston a year after Katrina and then I moved back to California 5 months before Ike... ....my daughter in Cali with me ...my ex went through Ike, she said she was scared.... eye of the hurricane went directly over downtown Houston and then my ex and my daughter were unaffected by Harvey.... I called local fire and police looking for a Facebook buddy in the Houston area during Harvey because they could not be found by other Facebook friends... finally rescued with jet skis by family.... First Responders could not get out there ...they lived by a bayou... their house was flooded
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