Hurricane Florence downgraded to Category 1 storm

Hurricane Florence downgraded to Category 1 storm

Hurricane Florence downgraded to Category 1 storm

Mr Cooper's office said the current emergency declaration was helping state officials prepare for the storm.

In its 0300 GMT advisory, the National Hurricane Center said the maximum sustained winds of Florence were 90 miles per hour (150 kilometers per hour), dropping it to the weakest of five categories on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

The impact of Florence will be widespread, with destructive winds, life-threatening storm surge, unsafe surf, torrential rainfall, flooding and the potential for tornadoes.

A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington.

"If I am, I hope God protects us.

He is the only caregiver to me and my son", Browning said.

The driving winds and pelting rain of Hurricane Florence's western edge began to batter the Carolinas Thursday evening, giving the region a taste of what's to come as the monster storm moves ashore Friday.

Forecasters said conditions will deteriorate as the storm pushes ashore early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and makes its way slowly inland. But it was clear that this was really about the water, not the wind.

The graphic shows what it looks like when flooding reaches 3 feet, 6 feet, and 9 feet.

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By 5 p.m. on Thursday, the Governor and other officials delivered their final briefing before the eye of the storm was set to strike. More than 20 inches of rain are likely to fall in some areas near the coastline and between 10 and 15 inches are projected to fall as far inland as Fayetteville, which sits about 100 miles from the coast.

He said the magnitude of the storm may exceed the ability of the state-activated National Guard troops.

Authorities warned, too, of the threat of mudslides and the risk of an environmental disaster from floodwaters washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.

But Brock Long, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has warned residents to take the storm seriously no matter what the category. CoreLogic noted at the time of its advisory that SC is not included in the table as it is not expected to exceed tropical storm force winds based on the projected track.

Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches (10 centimeters) of water, he calculated.

Antonio Ramirez, a construction worker from El Salvador living in Leland, North Carolina, said he planned to ride out the worst of the weather with his dog Canelo.

Coastal streets flowed with frothy ocean water and tens of thousands lost electricity. Roof shingles were peeled off a hotel. Airlines canceled more than 2,400 flights through Sunday. The center of the storm is expected to hit North Carolina's southern coast by Friday.

In New Bern, population 29,000, flooding on the Neuse River trapped about 200 people. "We will know a lot more in two days and you will still have two day to get ready - so don't empty the shelves yet". A tall tree came down over the back of his tin roof and across the siding.

"The wind was so hard, the waters were so hard, that trying to get out we got thrown into trailers". "If we lose the house, oh well, we can get housing". She retreated and was eventually rescued by a boat crew. I love hurricanes. But this one has been an experience for me.

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