Farmers Brace For Losses From Florence During Harvest Season

Farmers Brace For Losses From Florence During Harvest Season

The National Hurricane Center or NHC said on September 14, "Life-threatening storm surges and hurricane-force winds continue and catastrophic freshwater flooding expected over portions of North and SC".

A family enjoys the surf ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Oak Island, North Carolina.

By 1:50 pm (1750 GMT) the winds had dropped to 75 miles per hour (120 kph) and the center was moving west at a 6 miles per hour (10 kph), the NHC said, and parts of North and SC would get as much as 40 inches of rain (1 meter). It is expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's student paper, The Daily Tar Heel, reported that class has been canceled and students have been encouraged to leave the Chapel Hill area before the storm hits.

Hurricane Florence has killed a mother and child in North Carolina. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from north of Duck, North Carolina to Cape Charles Light, Virginia for the Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort, and from Edisto Beach South Carolina to South Santee River, South Carolina.

President Donald Trump said his administration was "as ready as anybody has ever been" to respond to the storm.

In addition to being the deadliest threat, storm surge is also typically the most destructive part of a hurricane.

Southeastern coastal North Carolina into far northeastern South Carolina.an additional 20 to 25 inches, with isolated storm totals of 30 to 40 inches.

"Afterwards, I'm going to drink a bottle of whiskey and take a two-day nap, but right now I'm walking the neighbourhood making sure my neighbours are fine because nobody can get in here".

Florence is forecast to dump up to 40 inches (1m) of rain in some areas after it makes landfall in North and SC.

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More than 1 million people along the coasts of North and SC and southern Virginia have fled. SC has also canceled classes through at least Saturday due to the storm.

For people living inland in the Carolinas, the moment of maximum peril from flash flooding could arrive days later, because it takes time for rainwater to drain into rivers and for those streams to crest.

The eastbound lanes of several major highways have been shut to allow traffic to flow inland, but the exodus was slow along roads jammed with outward-bound vehicles.

"All my staff are gone", Thompson said.

"What can you do?" she asked. "I've never seen tree devastation this bad". "If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have minded staying here".

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, next to Camp Lejeune, firefighters and police fought wind and rain as they went door-to-door to pull dozens of people out of the Triangle Motor Inn after the structure began to crumble and the roof started to collapse.

Some residents ignored calls to evacuate.

Blowing ashore with howling 90 miles per hour winds, Florence splintered buildings, trapped hundreds of people and swamped entire communities along the Carolina coast Friday in what could be just the opening act in a watery, two-part, slow-motion disaster.

Helene was weakening, however, and posed no danger to land, the NHC said, while Isaac could bring heavy rain to Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe.

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