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Hurricane Florence’s fierce 90mph winds make Ferris wheel spin

Fierce 90mph winds make Ferris wheel spin by itself as Hurricane Florence makes landfall along East Coast

  • The ride at the Atlantic Fun Park in Virginia Beach was spinning due to the winds 
  • Hurricane Florence made landfall along the East Coast early on Friday morning  
  • The storm brought 90 mph winds and pushed life-threatening storm surge for miles inland  

Hurricane Florence’s winds were so fierce they caused a Ferris wheel to spin continuously in Virginia.

The ride at the Atlantic Fun Park on 15th Street in Virginia Beach was spotted continuously turning as Florence made landfall with 90 mph winds in the early hours of Friday morning.

The Ferris wheel spun several times during a 10-second video that was posted online by a WVEC reporter.  

Hurricane Florence was pushing a life-threatening storm surge for miles inland with screaming wind that was destroying buildings in its path. 

Hurricane Florence’s winds were so fierce they caused a Ferris wheel to spin continuously in Virginia

The powerful storm already has inundated coastal streets with ocean water and left hundreds of thousands without power.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, more than 60 people had to be pulled from a collapsing hotel at the height of the storm, and many more who defied evacuation orders were hoping to be rescued.

Florence has already inundated coastal streets with ocean water and forecasters say that ‘catastrophic’ freshwater flooding is expected along waterways far from the coast of the Carolinas. 


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Screaming winds bent trees toward the ground and raindrops flew sideways as Florence’s leading edge moved in for an extended stay along the coast. 

Forecasters said this onslaught could last for days, leaving a wide area under water from both heavy downpours and rising seas.

The storm’s intensity held at about 90 mph (144 kph), and it appeared that the north side of the eye was the most dangerous place to be as Florence moved ashore.

The ride at the Atlantic Fun Park on 15th Street in Virginia Beach was spotted continuously turning as Florence made landfall

The National Hurricane Center said a gauge in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, reported 6.3 feet (1.92 meters) of inundation.

And about 46 miles farther up the waterfront, in New Bern, about 150 people were waiting to be rescued from floods on the Neuse River.  

‘Surviving this storm will be a test of endurance, teamwork, common sense and patience.’ North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned, describing day after day of disastrous weather to come.

Cooper also requested additional federal disaster assistance in anticipation of what his office called ‘historic major damage’ across the state.

Flooding is seen New Bern, North Carolina, after early storm surges caused the Neuse River to burst its banks on Thursday

More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters. 

Another 400 people were in shelters in Virginia, where forecasts were less dire. 

Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it’s unclear how many did. 

The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.

Coastal towns in the Carolinas were largely empty, and schools and businesses closed as far south as Georgia. 

A sign warns people away from Union Point Park after is was flooded by the Neuse River in New Bern, North Carolina

Waves slam the Oceana Pier & Pier House Restaurant in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina as Hurricane Florence approaches the area on Thursday

Once a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 140 mph (225 kph), the hurricane was downgraded to a Category 1 on Thursday night.

Forecasters said that given the storm’s size and sluggish track, it could cause epic damage akin to what the Houston area saw during Hurricane Harvey just over a year ago, with floodwaters swamping homes and businesses and washing over industrial waste sites and hog-manure ponds.

The hurricane was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as slow and unprepared for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year.

As Florence drew near, President Donald Trump tweeted that FEMA and first responders are ‘supplied and ready.’ 

He also disputed the official conclusion that nearly 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico, claiming the figure was a Democratic plot to make him look bad. 

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Hurricane Florence: Royal Caribbean ship delays return to Baltimore to avoid storm

Passengers on a Baltimore-based cruise ship are getting their vacations extended by three days thanks to Hurricane Florence.

In a Thursday afternoon tweet, Royal Caribbean chief meteorologist James Van Fleet said the line’s Grandeur of the Seas won’t return to Baltimore until late Sunday — more than three days behind schedule — as it steers clear of the storm. 

The 2,446-passenger ship initially had been due back in the city early Thursday. 

Grandeur has spent the last two days hiding out from the storm in Port Canaveral, Fla., more than 800 miles south of Baltimore. 

The delayed return to Baltimore is just the latest change for passengers on Grandeur. The ship initially was scheduled to cruise to Bermuda this week but switched its destination to the Bahamas and Florida as Florence approached. 

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Hurricane Florence expected to make landfall ‘very soon’; eyewall onshore

90 mph winds batter Morehead City

Griff Jenkins reports from Morehead City, North Carolina.

Hurricane Florence — weakened, but still powerful — inched closer to land Friday morning, battering the Carolina coast with 60 mph winds and heavy rains that officials fear could cause catastrophic flooding.

The dangerous Category 1 hurricane was about 10 miles east of Wilmington, N.C., and about 80 miles east-northeast of Myrtle Beach, S.C., at 6 a.m., the National Hurricane Center said.

Emerald Isle, N.C. recorded 6.3 feet of storm surge "inundation," according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A 5.5 foot surge of water near Morehead City was also recorded, the National Weather Service reported. 

Authorities in the coastal city of New Bern, N.C., were working with federal responders to rescue at least 150 residents who reported themselves stranded in Florence’s storm surge.

"Don't relax, don't get complacent. Stay on guard. This is a powerful storm that can kill. Today the threat becomes a reality."

State officials were bracing for the worst. A tattered American flag seen flying on a live surf camera at Frying Pan Tower in North Carolina was evidence of the strong wind gusts pounding the coast.

A sign at the Harbour View Inn in Chareston, South Carolina.

 (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Even though Florence’s winds weakened as it drew closer to land, dropping from a peak of 140 mph earlier in the week, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper maintained his warning. 

"Don’t relax, don’t get complacent. Stay on guard. This is a powerful storm that can kill. Today the threat becomes a reality," Cooper said. 

Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles.

Florence was moving west-northwest near 6 mph with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph, the update said.

Waves slam the Oceana Pier & Pier House Restaurant in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina on Thursday as Hurricane Florence approaches the area.

 (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP)

"On the forecast track, the center of Florence will approach the coasts of North and South Carolina later tonight, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina in the hurricane warning area on Friday," the update said. "A slow motion across portions of eastern and central South Carolina is forecast Friday night through Saturday night."

The storm is likely to bring significant rain to the Carolinas, where some places could see upwards of 20 inches, the update said. This is expected to cause "catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding."

North Carolina has more than 372,000 power outages across the state as of early Friday morning, officials said. 

The hurricane agency said a mix of storm surge and tides could result in flooding from rising water levels. Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, N.C., could see as much as 7 to 11 feet of water, according to the update.

Dunleavy’s Pub on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina wrote “open” on their boarded up windows.

 (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Storm surge and hurricane warnings were in effect for South Santee River, S.C., through to Duck, N.C., as well as Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds in North Carolina, the agency said.

"The worst of the storm is not yet here but these are early warnings of the days to come," Cooper said. "Surviving this storm will be a test of endurance, teamwork, common sense and patience." 

Cooper requested additional federal disaster assistance in anticipation of what his office called "historic major damage" across the state.

As the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 people were in shelters. 

Areas from Edisto Beach to South Santee River in South Carolina were under both a storm surge and hurricane watch, while areas located north of Duck, N.C., to the state’s border with Virginia were under a storm surge watch, according to the NHC update.

Schools and businesses as far south as Georgia were closed, about 1,200 flights and counting were canceled, and coastal towns in the Carolinas were largely emptied out.

If you’re getting ready for Florence, you can read about steps to prepare for the storm here and find emergency contacts here. 

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson, Zoe Szathmary and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Amy Lieu is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

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Florence by the numbers: Strongest wind gust in 60 years hits Wilmington

Hurricane Florence is slamming into the East Coast, knocking out power in North Carolina, dropping torrential rains and inundating several areas with floodwater.

Interested in Hurricane Florence?

Here is a look at the dangerous storm by the numbers:

105 mph: As the storm made landfall Friday morning, Wilmington, North Carolina, was hit by a 105 mph wind gust, the strongest wind in the city since 1958.

150: The number of people requesting rescue in flooded New Bern, North Carolina, where water levels reached 10 feet overnight.

The downtown area, at the confluence of two rivers, is mostly underwater.

Volunteers are using private boats to pitch in and help, city spokeswoman Colleen Roberts said.

New Bern resident George Zaytoun, who chose not to heed evacuation warnings and is now trapped inside his home, told “Good Morning America,” “It’s like a bomb has gone off.”

“Everything around us is underwater,” he said.

“This is twice the size of Hurricane Hugo,” which tore through the Carolinas in 1989, New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw told “Good Morning America.”

“We need America’s prayers,” Outlaw said.

310: Number of volunteers from nine different states helping the Cajun Navy with rescues.

57: Number of people the Cajun Navy says they rescued Friday morning, according to the founder of the group, Todd Terrell.

30 inches: Preliminary reports show over 30 inches of rain in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, according to the U.S Geological Survey. If confirmed by the National Weather Service, this number would set a record.

455,000: The number of customers without power in North Carolina.

20,000 There are 20,000 North Carolina evacuees staying at shelters across the state, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Friday.

11 feet: Storm surge may reach this point in parts of North Carolina.

“People do not live and survive to tell the tale about what their experience is like with storm surge,” FEMA administrator Brock Long told “GMA.”

40 inches: Rainfall could reach this point.

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Residents ‘trapped on roofs and in vehicles’ as Hurricane Florence nears coast

First responders in North Carolina are scrambling to rescue residents stranded due to raging flood waters caused by Hurricane Florence.

Officials in New Bern, a coastal town in Craven County, North Carolina, said at least 150 people were “awaiting rescue” early Friday morning as the dangerous hurricane moved ashore, packing 90-mph winds.

“More are on the way to help us,” New Bern officials tweeted early Friday. “You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU.”

Craven County spokeswoman Amber Parker said the situation was dire in New Bern, which is southeast of Greenville, with some residents were trapped on their roofs.

“I would say certain areas of New Bern are very desperate,” Parker told ABC News on Friday. “There are people that can be trapped in water, in vehicles, on roofs. That’s just the situation for anyone.”

Emergency workers said they’d gotten more than 100 calls from residents in need of assistance, but there was no way to reach everyone immediately.

“They just have to wait until the weather conditions permit them to make it here safely,” Parker said. “I don’t have the follow-up information on all of the calls. There are some that I know we have made it to and others where they’ve been rescued by other agencies or individuals — private citizens who have rescued some people.”

ABC News’ Matt Foster contributed to this report.

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How the federal government is poised to respond to Hurricane Florence

The majority of planning and response to major storms or severe weather is led by state and local governments but the federal government plays a significant role in providing resources, manpower, and funding for recovery after the storm.

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President Donald Trump said earlier this week that the federal government is “totally prepared” for Hurricane Florence.

For example, federal law enforcement officers are on hand to assist in rescues and help secure facilities and shelters impacted by the storm. The largest federal law enforcement presence comes from the Department of Interior, which has deployed 76 officers from the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the region.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said the members of the federal law enforcement contingent are poised to go wherever they are needed.

“I think it’s important, too, to realize that many of these law enforcement special operations, what we call SORT teams — their families and homes are at risk, too,” he told ABC News. “But they’re out on the front line during these crises, just like our firemen, just like our local law enforcement. “Any time their families and homes are at risk, they’re on the front lines. Service for all, so God bless them,” Zinke said.

Here’s the latest on what federal agencies are doing to prepare and respond to Hurricane Florence.

FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the lead agency coordinating the federal response to Hurricane Florence. The agency is ready to distribute millions of liters of water, millions of pounds of food, and hundreds of thousands of blankets. FEMA has activated 27 incident support centers in the region and 25 search-and-rescue teams ahead of the storm.

Energy, environment & agriculture

The Energy Department is installing generators at facilities deemed critical, such as hospitals and nursing homes. Additionally, about 40,000 crews from 17 states are also deployed to help restore power.

Brunswick Nuclear Plant, four miles inland in Southport, N.C., is currently in the path of Hurricane Florence. Based on forecasts, officials from Duke Energy – the largest regional utility — said they anticipate the plant site will experience sustained hurricane force winds and, per procedures, operators will be prepared to systematically shutting down both units. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has deployed more than a dozen inspectors to support nuclear facilities.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has waived some fuel requirements for the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia in an effort to prevent fuel shortages. Based on the current projected path of Hurricane Florence, EPA has identified 40 Superfund sites within the potential impact zone and will be monitoring those sites for any damage.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has subject matter experts in place to help states analyze damage to wastewater facilities after Hurricane Florence passes.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing information to the impacted areas about keeping food safe during power outages, protecting livestock, and recovery funding that could be made available to producers that lose livestock or crops because of the storm.

Travel

As Hurricane Florence approaches, airlines and airports are preparing for the storm. Smaller and medium-sized airports are winding down their operations. Airlines are securing equipment and getting recovery teams in place.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has teams in place to get checkpoints back up and running. The agency has what’s called a National Deployment Force (NDF) made up of train station security officers, K9 teams, supervisors and other staffers who respond when additional resources are needed. When regular employees can’t get to work after a hurricane hits, these teams are there to step in. Twenty-five NDF members have already been dispatched to the Raleigh-Durham Int’l Airport.

Generally, planes do not land at an airport where winds are consistently blowing over 30 or 35 mph. When winds reach higher than 55 mph or so, air traffic controllers will clear the tower. Thousands of flights were canceled in advance of the storm.

Major airports rarely use the word “closed,” but they will halt operations and ask people not to come. We’ll be keeping a close eye on Charlotte, Raleigh, Charleston and Wilmington.

At this point, no major airports are “closing.” All airlines have waivers in place for airports in the Carolinas and Virginia. Many are capping fares for flights out of the region. Some are using larger aircraft to add available seats to outbound flights, including Delta.

Airports that have ceased operations as of Thursday afternoon include Charleston (CHS), Wilmington (ILM), Myrtle Beach (MYR), Fayetteville (FAY), Hampton/Newport News (PHF), Greenville (PGV), Jacksonville (OAJ) and Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (EWN).

Department of Defense

Fort A.P. Hill in Bowling Green, Virginia and Fort Bragg in North Carolina have been designated as the FEMA Incident Support and Federal Staging Area in support of response efforts. The Army Corps of Engineers has alerted some of its teams to prepare for deployment, including Temporary Emergency Power Personnel. The Navy has begun re-positioning more than 100 fixed wing aircraft and helicopters from its bases in the Norfolk, Virginia area. Today and tomorrow they’ll head to bases in six states in advance of the storm.

Almost 4,000 National Guard troops have been activated in North and South Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland.

Communications & highways

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) staff have been deployed to survey systems and work with stakeholders to support restoration and recovery efforts.

The Federal Highway Administration is working with state transportation agencies on evacuations, turning highways into one way lanes and recovery efforts.

Medical

U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex M. Azar declared public health emergencies for North Carolina and South Carolina as Hurricane Florence continues its track toward the eastern seaboard. The declarations give healthcare providers and suppliers greater flexibility in meeting emergency health needs. Three hundred medical personnel are in position and 200 ambulances are staged in Raleigh, NC, with more available if needed.

U.S. Department of Interior

National Parks and wildlife refuges are closed and staff will begin to assess any damage and work to clean up debris and re-open roads soon after the storm passes. Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey are also on hand to provide real-time information to first responders and have installed 160 sensors along the coastline to track the tide.

What about insurance companies?

Before the storm even hits, insurance companies will be mobilizing their response teams, which will travel to hard-hit areas to assess the damage (not much done pre-storm).

Pat Garrett, president North American Insurance Consultants based in Tampa, Florida, said the most important thing homeowners can do now is to take video of their homes before the storm hits and to catalog everything they own.

Garrett, a licensed public adjuster who represents homeowners in insurance claims, says storm evacuees should bring those files and their policies with them. He also says it’s important to never underestimate the damage a storm can do even once it’s passed. Humidity and mold will likely destroy much of a home left boarded up until roads are passable.

He noted that flood insurance typically maxes out at $250,000 and that buying additional flood insurance can be cost-prohibitive.

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Hurricane Florence prompts Waffle House to activate storm center

Residents facing quadruple threat from Hurricane Florence

Southeast coastline facing winds, storm surge, flooding and extended rainfall; Griff Jenkins reports from Atlantic Beach, North Carolina on the evacuations.

As Hurricane Florence, a Category 3 storm, drives toward the East Coast, Waffle House is monitoring the impending dangerous weather by activating its storm center.

The popular Georgia-based diner chain renowned for its 365-day 24-hour service has an emergency routine that’s so well-regarded, the Federal Emergency Management Agency unofficially uses the restaurants’ status as an indicator for the severity of a natural disaster.

After several Waffle House locations closed or were serving only a limited menu in 2004 when Hurricane Charley hit Florida, FEMA officials noted the severity of the storm damage based on the fact that the chain never closes.

“If you get there and the Waffle House is closed? That’s really bad. That’s where you go to work,” then FEMA administrator Craig Fugate said.

When a storm strikes, local officials will put out a call to the nearest Waffle House and find out what’s on the menu. The “Waffle House Index” has three, color-coded levels: green means the restaurant is open and serving a full menu; yellow indicates the menu has been scaled back and there may be water but no power; and red indicates the restaurant is completely shut down—and the area is likely in need of serious assistance.

The restaurant tweeted a photo Wednesday of employees at the corporate office in Norcross siting around a table monitoring the storm’s path as they determine if any locations will need to close.

Waffle House’s Vice President of Culture Pat Warner told Fox News in 2016 that while the chain does everything in its power to stay open, their “number one priority is the safety of our staff on the ground and our customers.”

“We’re a 24-hour restaurant, so oddly enough shutting down is a big deal for us,” Warner said. “When it comes to making the final decision, we let our operations team on the ground, like individual restaurant managers, make the final decision based on local conditions. But our job [as corporate officials] is to give them all the support they need to stay open.”

The company has a fleet of response units, complete with Waffle House-branded trucks and vans, that transport generators, communication technology and other items that can help local stores reboot quickly during most emergency situations.

The company’s emergency response plan was set up in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed seven Waffle House restaurants and forced 100 more to close in 2005. Since then, Warner says the company has invested heavily in its emergency response technology and deployment systems. When a major storm is in the forecast, Waffle House vehicles—known as “jump teams” or “go teams”– are deployed from headquarters to the edge of emergency zones so they can come in as soon as the worst of the storm is over and begin necessary repairs or provide assistance.

“A lot of times, especially after a big storm, we’re the only ones still open because we’ve got generators,” said Warner. “Right after storms, business is brisk. We have a lot of people come in and are only able to get their first hot meal at a Waffle House."

Fox News’ Michelle Gant and Garrett Tenney contributed to this report.

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Hurricane warning vs. watch: How are they different?

Florence predicted strike East Coast as major hurricane

Florence expected to rapidly gain power as it approaches the United States.

Imagine your neighborhood is placed under a hurricane watch.

When the threat of a hurricane looms, it’s important for residents to know if hurricane warnings or watches have been issued for the areas they live in. Read on for a look at the two terms. 

‘Hurricane conditions’

Hurricane warnings and watches have different meanings slightly concerning “hurricane conditions,” or sustained winds that hit 74 mph or above, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Ocean Service (NOS) says.

“A warning means that hurricane conditions are expected, whereas a watch means that conditions are possible,” the office explains.

What else should I know? 

Hurricane warnings and watches are issued 36 hours and 48 hours, respectively, before tropical storm-force winds may strike, according to the NOS.

“Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph), the hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds to allow for important preparation,” the group says.

The office shares a message when a warning is underway. 

“During a hurricane warning, complete storm preparations and immediately leave the threatened area if directed by local officials,” the NOS adds. 

Hurricane warnings also can be in effect for other reasons. 

“The warning can remain in effect when dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and waves continue, even though winds may be less than hurricane force,” the National Weather Service says online. 

What about tropical storm warnings vs. watches? 

When a warning is issued, that means “tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the specified coastal area within 36 hours,” according to the NWS.  

The agency says that a watch, however, indicates that the conditions ”are possible within the specified coastal area within 48 hours.”

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Here's where Hurricane Florence is due to make landfall, according to the latest prediction

  • Hurricane Florence is surging towards the US, and is due to make landfall Friday.
  • The latest update from the National Hurricane Center shows the storm striking land at Sneads Ferry, North Carolina.
  • The track is not certain, and is subject to change.
  • Read our full hurricane coverage here.

Hurricane Florence is surging towards the US, and could strengthen to Category 5 — the strongest class of storm — before it makes landfall.

The storm is due to hit somewhere around North Carolina, according to the latest information from the National Hurricane Center, which predicts landfall early on Friday.

Its latest prediction, published at 8 a.m. Tuesday, indicates that the eye of the storm is expected to hit the coast over Sneads Ferry, North Carolina. (Sneads Ferry was also the point of landfall in the 5 a.m. prediction).

The area is home to around 10,000 people.

A Google Street View image of an area close to Sneads Ferry, the area of the North Carolina Coast predicted to be hit by the storm. Google Street View

The track had shifted 18 miles southward from an earlier advisory, which suggested that the storm would make landfall at Swansboro, North Carolina.

Sneads Ferry, of around 2,500 people, is close to the city of Jacksonville.

National Hurricane Center predictions are not totally accurate, and the “track” of the storm, seen in the map below, could shift significantly.

The center only predicts a few fixed points where they believe the storm will be, and the rest of the track is created by drawing straight lines between them. The likely destination of the storm is usually expressed as a cone to reflect this uncertainty.

A map showing the likely track of Hurricane Florence, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 5 a.m. update on Tuesday, September 11. The pink areas show areas covered by wind and storm surge warnings. National Hurricane Center

According to the WCTI local news channel, Sneads Ferry is under an official state of emergency, with residents being encouraged — but not obliged — to evacuate.

For more on Hurricane Florence:

Read Business Insider’s reporting on the evacuation operation as the storm approaches.

Read our overall report on the hurricane’s progress.

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Hurricane Florence barrels toward US as South Carolina orders evacuation of entire coast

South Carolina to evacuate entire coast ahead of Florence

Hurricane Florence rapidly intensified into a potentially catastrophic category 4 storm on Monday; Adam Klotz tracks the storm from the Fox Extreme Weather Center.

South Carolina residents have been ordered to evacuate from the coast as the state prepares for Hurricane Florence to make landfall later this week.

Gov. Henry McMaster on Monday mandated that, beginning Tuesday, eight counties along the coast — Horry, Georgetown, Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley, Colleton, Beaufort and Jasper — evacuate by no later than noon.

An estimated 1 million people are expected to evacuate South Carolina’s coast.

President Trump tweeted that the storms brewing in the Atlantic Ocean "are very dangerous," and that his administration "encourage[s] anyone in the path of these storms to prepare themselves and to heed the warnings of State and Local officials."

"The Federal Government is closely monitoring and ready to assist," the president added. "We are with you!"

South Carolina’s Department of Public Safety said they’re "planning for a large-scale evacuation" as Florence, currently sustaining 140 mph winds as a Category 4 hurricane, is forecast to make landfall on the Carolina coast late Thursday.

This photo provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Monday, as it threatens the U.S. East Coast.

 (NASA via AP)

The National Hurricane Center said during an earlier advisory on Monday that Florence has quickly intensified and could be potentially catastrophic.

The storm, as of the Miami-based center’s 5 p.m. advisory, is about 525 miles south-southeast of Bermuda and about 1,170 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina.

McMaster on Saturday declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm, and requested a federal declaration from Trump.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper — who issued a state of emergency last week — said Monday that the state is in the "bull’s-eye" of the storm, and also requested federal disaster declaration from Trump for resources to be prepared when Florence hits. 

"The storm is still far away from the U.S. coast, but warm ocean waters will allow it to maintain its Category 4 strength, and winds are likely to climb to 150 mph."

Visitors and residents on Hatteras Island were ordered to evacuate, effective at noon on Monday. Officials in Dare County ordered a mandatory evacuation for people in other areas as of 7 a.m. Tuesday.

In the past 150 years, North Carolina has only been hit by one Category 4 hurricane — Hazel, which struck the state with 130 mph winds in 1954.

Hours after the mayor of Richmond, Virginia, declared a state of emergency on Monday ahead of potential "signficant rain and inland flooding later this week," Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam ordered evacuations "the lowest-lying areas of Coastal Virginia and the Eastern Shore," effective at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan also declared a state of emergency, as officials "are preparing for any possible outcome, including the potential of historic, catastrophic, and life-threatening flooding in Maryland."

Fox News Meteorologist Adam Klotz said that while Florence "is still far away from the U.S. coast, warm ocean waters will allow it to maintain its Category 4 strength, and winds are likely to climb to 150 mph."

The "main threats" the storm poses include "dangerous storm surge, strong winds, and possible flooding."

Meanwhile, two other storms were also spinning in the Atlantic by noon on Monday.

Hurricane Isaac was expected to lose strength as it reaches the Caribbean, and Helene, much farther out to sea, may veer northward into the open ocean as the 2018 hurricane season reaches its peak.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Nicole Darrah covers breaking and trending news for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @nicoledarrah.

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Hurricane Florence is barreling toward the Carolinas, with at least 1 million people ordered to evacuate — here are the areas that could get hit

Hurricane Florence storm track. National Hurricane Center

  • Hurricane Florence is predicted to make landfall somewhere between North Carolina, South Carolina, and the Mid-Atlantic states on Thursday evening or Friday morning.
  • It could be the first Category 4 storm to hit North Carolina since Hurricane Hugo devastated the region in 1989.
  • The slow-moving hurricane could also dump heavy rainfall inland, bringing a risk of flooding.
  • South Carolina’s Governor ordered the state’s entire coastline evacuated by Tuesday afternoon in advance of the storm. Evacuations now extend to 1 million people in the state.

A Category 4 hurricane with 130 mph winds is bearing down on the US East Coast, bringing a risk of devastating floods.

Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall somewhere between North Carolina, South Carolina, and the Mid-Atlantic states on Thursday evening or Friday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

The hurricane could remain powerful as it passes over the US mainland, the NHC warned on Monday morning.

The hurricane is set to inundate low-lying islands off the coast of North Carolina, like the Outer Banks and other barrier islands, according to the NHC’s “cone of probability” forecast. Heavy rain may impact as far inland as Charlotte, North Carolina’s largest city, though the severity will depend on the storm’s track, according to The Charlotte Observer.

Evacuations now extend to 1 million people in South Carolina — Governor Henry McMaster ordered the state’s entire 187-mile coastline evacuated by Tuesday afternoon, reports The Post and Courier.

“Pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of South Carolina and is going to go way inshore,” McMaster said in a press conference.

Evacuation orders are mounting

Some South Carolina schools and most offices have been closed in Charleston, the largest city in South Carolina, in advance of the storm, reports The Post and Courier. The famed vacation destination of Hilton Head, South Carolina is also in the storm’s likely path.

In North Carolina, evacuations have been ordered in Dare County, which includes the Outer Banks and Hatteras, a popular vacation spot, as well as other coastal counties, according to The Richmond Times-Dispatch.

“Everyone in Dare County is encouraged to evacuate as soon as possible regardless of the established time frames,” the Dare County Emergency Management said on Monday.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said at a press conference that the state is in the “bullseye” of the hurricane, according to The Raleigh News and Observer.

Hurricane Florence, pictured from the International Space Station on Monday morning. NASA via AP

The latest Florence forecast

Predicting hurricane tracks is a difficult science, and the NHC said there are still uncertainties about the storm’s track. So it may shift over the coming days, but if predictions hold, Florence is set to be the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in North Carolina since Hurricane Hugo tore through the state in 1989.

“There is an increasing risk of two life-threatening impacts from Florence: storm surge at the coast, freshwater flooding from a prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall event inland, and damaging hurricane-force winds,” the NHC warned.

Florence is a Category 4 storm, which means it has wind speeds between 130-156 mph. Its center is located about 580 miles southeast of Bermuda. The NHC expects the hurricane’s winds to strengthen as it moves west by Tuesday, drawing energy from the warm water. The storm is moving west at 30 mph.

The chart below shows the probability of the area that will experience at least 39 mph winds. The area in purple corresponds to a 90% or higher probability of experiencing those gusts:

Hurricane Florence wind speed probabilities. National Hurricane Center

The NHC also said that the storm’s effects, including rain, high wind, rip currents, and tidal surges will likely be felt outside of the “cone of probability” and could extend hundreds of miles from the storm’s center.

Heavy rains are expected

Beyond the damage from wind and high surf, Hurricane Florence is predicted to slow over the Carolinas, where it may dump up to 30 inches of rain over much of North and South Carolina, reports The Washington Post.

Sluggish or stalled hurricanes — like Hurricane Harvey that flooded swaths of Houston, Texas and the Gulf Coast last year — can become even more dangerous as they stick around, pouring rain.

These types of slow-moving hurricanes are becoming more frequent: recent research from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that storms slowed by an average of 10% over land between 1949 and 2016. Over that same time period, the average global temperature rose 0.5 degrees Celsius. (Warmer air can hold more moisture, which allows slower storms to produce heavier rainfall.)

Residents of South Carolina and North Carolina’s low-lying barrier islands are preparing for the storm’s onslaught.

“I don’t think many of us have ever been through a Category 4. And out here we’re so fragile. We’re just a strip of land — we’re a barrier island. … Already we’re getting some overwash, the ocean is coming over 12,” Dawn Farrow Taylor, a resident of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, told the Associated Press.

Hurricane troubles may not end with Florence. Hurricane Isaac, which churning in the mid-Atlantic, has wind speeds of over 75 mph as of Monday morning, though the NHC expects Isaac to weaken as it approaches the Caribbean. Behind Isaac, Hurricane Helene is rapidly gaining strength, with wind speeds of over 105 mph. Helene is moving in a west-northwest direction at 16 mph.

Meanwhile in the Pacific Ocean, Hurricane Olivia is heading towards Hawaii. The storm is predicted to hit the Hawaiian Islands on Wednesday morning, according to the NHC..

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How storms and hurricanes are given human names – and the important reason why

Hurricane Florence is moving towards the east coast of the United States of America, while another Tropical Storm, named Isaac is hurtling towards the Caribbean.

Although the areas are braced to receive it, this year’s hurricanes haven’t been as destructive as the 2017 season, from April to November, which experts said was much more active than recent years.

Irma, which struck the Caribbean and parts of the US East Coast in September last year, was the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever. More destructive, even, than Katrina, Sandy, and Matthew, all of which flattened houses, ripped up trees, and left people dead.

Ophelia, following Irma, was much less a danger, but remained a credible threat despite her pretty name. Why Ophelia?

You might think that naming hurricanes as odd. Why personify something so horrible?

The Atlantic storm lists were conceived by the National Hurricane Centre in the 1950s.

They’re managed by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). Scientists there decide on names – and have a good reason for doing so.

Separately, our own Met Office has a storm name list for the UK. Aileen was the first to arrive.

Why do we name hurricanes and storms?

Simply, names are easier to remember than numbers. According to the WMO, they’re far more relatable than technical terms, so make for better warnings and messages in the media.

It means people will take more notice, hopefully heightening the safety of the public. The idea is so that communities are best prepared.

There’s also less of a chance of making errors when planning. If you name storms, rather than using latitude or longitude or other identification methods, it allows ships, coastal bases, and monitoring stations to efficiently and easily exchange information.

How storms are named

Hurricanes and storms are chosen by way of an alphabetical list. It’s worked through chronologically. In total, there are six lists which are rotated every six years.

Female names were always traditionally used, but male names came into play in 1979. There are 21 names on the Atlantic season list – Pacific storms, cyclones and typhoons go by different ones.

The letters Q, U, X, Y, and Z are never used.

It’s not entirely random, either. Names are selected that are familiar to people in various regions. So it could be that Irma is a common name in Florida.

When are names retired?

Names are taken out of use when a hurricane is so devastating and tragic that it would be insensitive to use again.

And annual WMO committee meeting decides whether to remove certain names. Katrina, Sandy, and Matthew have been struck off. Irma most likely will be too.

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Hurricane Florence – State of emergency in three US states as 'major hurricane' rages towards east coast

Florence crossed the 74mph threshold from tropical storm to hurricane on Sunday morning, and by evening its winds were up to 85mph.

Drawing energy from the warm water, it could be a fearsome Category 4 with winds of 130mph or more by Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said.

People up and down the south east coast have been warned to get their emergency kits ready, map out escape routes and fill sandbags as the governors of North and South Carolina and Virginia declared states of emergency.

Red flags flying on beaches warned swimmers to stay out of waters already roiled by the distant storm, and cruise ships and Navy vessels were being steered out of harm's way.

The Miami-based hurricane agency said that it is too early to know what path the storm will take but that it could roll ashore in the Carolinas by Friday.


Forecasters urged residents from South Carolina to the mid-Atlantic to get ready and not just for a direct blow against the coast.

They warned that Florence could slow or stall after coming ashore, with some forecasting models showing it could unload a foot or two of rain in places, causing devastating inland flooding.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said: "Pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of South Carolina and is going to go way inshore."

The state's emergency management agency said it is "preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster."

In Charleston, South Carolina, along the coast, city officials offered sandbags to residents.

Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune urged people to secure their homes but said it's too early to know if evacuations will be ordered.

Hardware stores and supermarkets were busy ringing up sales of bottled water, plywood and generators.

Ryan Deeck, grocery department manager at a Walmart, told The Sun News: "Literally, they are filling buggies full of water, shopping carts full of water.

"They're coming in and buying water and plates, and that's about all they're buying."

North Carolina officials started getting bulldozers and chain saws ready.

Across the south east, people were urged to put together emergency supply kits, prepare their homes and research evacuation routes.

The Navy planned to send ships from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia out to sea.

Florida-based Carnival Cruise Line re-routed its cruise ships.



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A year after a rough hurricane season, the Caribbean says it’s ready for visitors

A year after suffering from twin hurricanes, the Caribbean islands most impacted by Irma and Maria are trying to make a comeback as coveted vacation destinations.

From Sept. 5 to 8 last year, Hurricane Irma roared through the Caribbean as a Category 5 storm. It caused significant destruction to a large swath of the Caribbean, including Barbuda, Anguilla, Saint Martin (Sint Maarten), the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Barbados, and Turks and Caicos. It ended its run in the southeastern USA, causing damage in Florida, especially in the Keys.

Hurricane Maria followed two weeks later, wreaking the most havoc on Puerto Rico.

At least 134 deaths have been attributed to Irma. The number of deaths caused by Maria are still in dispute. Hotels, homes, restaurants and airports were pummeled.

For Caribbean islands so largely dependent on tourism, the hurricanes were devastating. Even islands that were not completely wiped out had to deal with the public perception that the Caribbean was closed for business. Six of the region’s destinations are still recovering from the hurricanes, says Frank Comito, director general and CEO of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association.

More than 75 percent of the Caribbean escaped the paths of the hurricanes and have been fully operational since, Comito says. The Caribbean has 33 countries and independently governed territories.

“As destructive as Hurricanes Irma and Maria were, they had a significant impact on about 25 percent of our territories,” Comito says. “The rest? Largely untouched.”

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Hurricane intercepts a Messerschmitt in a thrilling Battle of Britain

Their finest (and tiniest) hour: A Hurricane intercepts a Messerschmitt during a thrilling Battle of Britain dogfight… but take a closer look!

  • Battle of Britain was re-enacted using 4ft models operated by remote control 
  • Staged for a three-part documentary to mark the 78th anniversary of the battle
  • It involved 30 ‘pilots’ and 70 models to also celebrate centenary year of the RAF
  • Model enthusiasts replicated scale-flying and accurate dogfighting tactics 

In the summer sky over rural Dorset, a swirling air battle rages. Supermarine Spitfires and Hawker Hurricanes vie for control of the air with Messerschmitt Me 109s, while Stuka dive-bombers plunge earthward, sirens screeching, to attack shipping off the coast.

There’s a momentary miscalculation – and a Hurricane collides with a 109, slicing it in half. 

The stricken fighters spiral to the ground as above them RAF and Luftwaffe pilots, twisting and turning in a desperate mass dogfight, battle on regardless.

This is the Battle of Britain, fought not in 1940 but in the present day – and at a tenth of the true scale.

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Battle of Britain was re-enacted using model planes for three-part documentary filmed by Channel 4

The 1940 Battle of Britain was recreated using 4ft wingspan and the ‘pilots’, British and German, are on the ground, operating their aircraft by remote control

 These Spitfires are models with a 4ft wingspan and the ‘pilots’, British and German, are on the ground, operating their aircraft by remote control.

The battery-powered fighters fire infra-red ‘bullets’ that activate canisters on the planes they hit, creating the impression of a doomed fighter or bomber trailing smoke. 


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They fly at an altitude of just 100ft, yet there is something eerily effective about this diminutive re-creation of one of history’s truly decisive campaigns – three months of frantic aerial duelling between July and October 1940 that saved Britain from invasion by Hitler’s hitherto all-conquering armies.

The Mail on Sunday has been given exclusive access to this extraordinary television event – a Channel 4 re-enactment of the battle and the scene is remarkably true to life, thanks to the programme-makers’ cameras on the ground, tiny cameras mounted on the models themselves and on drones hovering above the battle space.

The re-enactment was filmed by cameras on the ground and tiny cameras mounted on the models, as well as drones hovering above the battle gorund

Three-part documentary was filmed to mark the centenary year of the RAF and the 78th anniversary of the battle

 Staged at a firing range near Weymouth for a three-part documentary series that marks the centenary year of the RAF and the 78th anniversary of the battle, the re-enactment involves 30 ‘pilots’ and 70 models. 

In addition to sleek fighters and the sinister, gull-winged Ju 87 Stukas, the German contingent includes twin-engine Heinkel He 111s, mainstay of the Luftwaffe bomber fleet, and Messerschmitt Me 110 fighter-bombers.

The rival squadrons were recruited from model aircraft enthusiasts from Britain and Germany. 

The RAF’s ace is an electric-guitar-playing female taxi driver from Bristol called Shelly Redworth, who scythes through a formation of 109s in the first programme, shooting them out of the sky with her Hurricane. 

‘We sent up three Hurricanes against six 109s and had one loss to their six,’ said Shelly.

The re-enactment involves 30 ‘pilots’ who were model enthusiasts, and 70 models 

Modellers have a realistic pilot’s-eye view of the battle with a camera in the cockpit to immerse themselves in the dogfight though virtual-reality goggles

But, just as in 1940, the modellers cannot be entirely sure who shoots who down. 

British ‘pilot’ Richard Rowland says: ‘Signals from the models allowed us to know who had fired and which model had activated smoke, but there might be a delay before the canister activated, so you have people claiming “probable kills” and the rest.’

Modellers have a realistic pilot’s-eye view of the battle. A camera in the cockpit allows Mr Rowland to immerse himself in the dogfight though virtual-reality goggles. 

He says: ‘You become so involved that as you come in to land, you think, “Who’s this guy on the ground?” And it’s you.’

Each of the three-part documentary will focus on a single day during the Battle of Britain 

 Each of the three programmes focuses on a single day during the campaign. 

The first recreates the surprise Stuka attack on Portland Harbour on July 4, 1940. Two Hurricanes and two Me 109s were shot down in the real encounter, part of the ‘Kanalkampf’ (Channel Battle), which saw preliminary Luftwaffe attacks on shipping prior to the start of the Battle of Britain proper on July 10.

Thanks to Shelly and her comrades, the score in the re-creation was 6-1 to the RAF.

Episode two relives so-called Black Thursday, August 15, when the Luftwaffe suffered its greatest losses of the campaign. 

In the past: Pilots pictured answering a call for reinforcements during an air battle on 1940

 Five major German attacks stretching from Northumberland to Dorset resulted in 75 kills for the RAF, at a cost of 34 British fighters.

Programme three re-enacts the climax of the campaign – Sunday, September 15, later named Battle of Britain Day. 

More than 1,500 aircraft took part in fierce engagements as the Luftwaffe mounted a sustained daylight raid on London, resulting in 60 Luftwaffe planes shot down, double the RAF’s loss.

‘We tried to replicate scale-flying as much as possible and accurate dogfighting tactics – at least on the RAF side of things,’ says Mr Rowland. 

Model enthusiast say they tried to replicate scale-flying and accurate dogfighting tactics – ‘at least on the RAF side of things’

 ‘This number of models operating in such a confined space and in such tight formation hasn’t been tried before.’

The battle begins with 70 aircraft, and 23 are destroyed in action, at a cost of about £200 per model. 

As losses mount, the team members find themselves having to cannibalise wrecks for parts, just like their real-life predecessors in 1940.

To maintain a presence in the air, the teams had to mount sorties in waves, again just as commanders in the actual battle did. 

There were also ‘blue-on-blue’ incidents – aircraft downed by their own side. Again, this is true to the dogfights of 1940, when the decision to fire was taken in a split second.

The number of model planes operation in such tight formation has never been tried before 

 The Luftwaffe models display one concession to modern sensitivities – there are no swastikas on their tails, due to the Nazi symbol being outlawed in Germany. 

Purists will also note that some of the planes are cannon-armed Spitfire Mark IXs, not in service until 1942, and Me 109Gs, also introduced that year.

Serving RAF Wing Commander Manjeet Ghataora, part of the British team, said: ‘We didn’t want this to be a game. 

We wanted to study the battle and understand the stress it placed on young men. When our models collide, we have a laugh – but when it happened for real in 1940, these men lost friends.’

But the model Battle of Britain has helped Anglo-German relations – at least on a personal level. 

Jurgen Heilig, a retired lieutenant-colonel in the modern Luftwaffe, said: ‘We are glad the Nazis lost because we can now enjoy a nice beer with the enemy.’

lBattle Of Britain: Model Squadron is on Channel 4 at 8pm next Sunday.

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BBC news reporter is hit by a falling tree as he give radio report on Hawaii hurricane

James Cook was in the middle of his report when a tree suddenly cracked and fell on top of him.


He was unhurt but his laptop was destroyed.

In the recording, released by the BBC, he begins by explaining that the eye of Hurricane Lane will skirt Hawaii’s Big Island in 12 hours’ time.

But he is interrupted by the sound of a tree breaking amid fierce winds.

He shouts “argh” before about five seconds of silence. James and his co-workers can then be heard asking each other if they are OK.


“Well, that was unexpected,” the journalist adds over the sound of crunching leaves and brunches.

James asks a colleague not to try to move the tree, explaining: “It will be easier just to climb out.”

But he adds: “It’s smashed my laptop.”

The incident came as the 100mph lurched toward the US island chain, forcing over 1,000 people into emergency shelters.

In capital Honolulu, sandbags were stacked along the world-famous Waikiki Beach and tourists have been ordered to leave.


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