Weather Channel Defends Reporter As He Allegedly Exaggerates Report On Hurricane Florence

Hurricane turns deadly floods Carolinas

Hurricane turns deadly floods Carolinas

By early afternoon, Florence's winds had weakened to 75 miles per hour, just barely a hurricane and well below the storm's terrifying Category 4 peak of 140 miles per hour earlier in the week.

Heavy rains will continue to fall in the Carolinas and heavier rains are expected to spread into western parts of North Carolina, in addition to some parts of eastern Tennessee and eastern Georgia, Doll said. As the storm sat along the edge of the Atlantic, some stretches along the coastal Carolinas received close to 20 inches of rain.

Florence is projected to migrate at barely more than a walking pace across northern SC, passing close to the city of Florence - truly - on Saturday. Then, once the remnants of the tempest reach the higher terrain of the southern Appalachians, flash floods, mudslides and debris flows.

Stream gauges across the region showed water levels steadily rising, with forecasts calling for rivers to crest Sunday and Monday at or near record levels.

Florence now huge, slow-moving tropical storm.

The rest of SC into western North Carolina and southwest Virginia is expected to report 5 to 10 inches of additional rainfall, with isolated cases of 15 inches. "We have started to see the water recede".

"Florence is yet another poster child for the human-supercharged storms that are becoming more common and destructive as the planet warms", said Jonathan Overpeck, dean of the environment school at University of MI.

With the center of the storm still at sea early Friday, scores of residents had to be rescued from homes and the tops of cars in New Bern, North Carolina.

"Florence is here to stay for awhile", McMaster said from Columbia Friday afternoon.

"I feel like the dumbest human being who ever walked the face of the earth", he said.

"Sooner or later we need to get out of there", Orrin H. Pilkey, a professor emeritus of geology at Duke University, told The Associated Press before the storm hit.

North Carolina Gov Roy Cooper called Florence an "uninvited brute" that could wipe out entire communities as it grinds its way across land.

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Sixty-seven-year-old Sadie Marie Holt was among those rescued Friday.

Even as the winds abated, the waters rose. We got thrown into mailboxes. "Houses. Trees", Holt said.

Boats are stacked up on each other in a marina as a result from Florence in New Bern, North Carolina.

Volunteers from all over North Carolina help rescue residents and their pets from their flooded homes during Hurricane Florence Sept. 14, 2018 in New Bern, North Carolina.

In the video, he has one hand cupped to his ear and sways back and forth while reporting on the conditions.

Firefighters came together in prayer during an operation to remove a tree that fell on a home in Wilmington, NC.

In the United States, "you can't move houses, but people can move out of the way", reflecting mounting damages from storms and often lower losses in life, Vecchi said.

The Weather Channel on Friday defended a meteorologist who was captured bracing against the wind while two people appeared to stroll casually behind him during a report on Hurricane Florence.

Two men died in Lenoir County, North Carolina. SC recorded its first death from the storm, with officials saying a 61-year-old woman was killed when her auto hit a tree that had fallen across a highway. Cooper cited a National Weather Service forecast that said almost the entire state could be covered in several feet of water. That could affect the infrastructure, bridges, residences, farms and other buildings, Dahler said.

"Hurricane Florence is powerful, slow and relentless", Cooper said. "Be extremely careful and stay alert". The storm knocked out power to almost 930,000 homes and businesses, and the number could keep rising. Duke Energy, the area's biggest utility company, said that figure could rise to three million and restoring power could take weeks.

But on the east coast, the trends are more clear: stronger hurricanes are happening more often, and farther north. Both storms cover a large area, but Mangkut still dwarfs Florence. But its progress had slowed to a crawl of 5 miles per hour.

As for the landslides, Gov. Henry McMaster did warn about possible landslides in the state, but he was referring to northwestern portions of the state, not the Grand Strand.

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