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This is the state of things I’m Frank Stasio rescue operations continue and hundreds of thousands of people are without power as Hurricane Florence drives into the North Carolina coast the lumbering storm continues to generate wind and heavy rains that have already caused catastrophic damage.
We’re dealing with significant storm surge with historic range that in many places are going to be measured in feet and not inches.
Governor Cooper this morning on the Today show Florence is now on a slow path over the southeastern tip of the state as it moves inland and then predicted to head north across western North Carolina heavy rains are expected to cause dangerous flooding for days , we’ll get the latest on the weather. Find out what’s happening at shelters across the state and talk with reporters in Wilmington , the triangle in Asheville , to get the latest on Hurricane Florence just ahead on the state of thing .
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Reuters news service is reporting that according to forts attorney the 10 deadlock Hanson the Virginia case against metaphor : it will be dismissed as part of the plea agreement hurricane Florence has made landfall near rights for Beach North Carolina the effects of the storm being felt even further inland , with reports of flooding along the Pam Lucas sound in the rivers that feed into it. Here’s NPR’s Brockton Booker .
About 100 miles north-east of where Florence made landfall the noose river flooded the riverfront town of New Bern , North Carolina in dozens of people have been rescued from their homes. Gene Hodges is the assistant manager of Craven County , which includes New Bern .
We have also already in over a hundred people from their residences of dwellings they’re calling for us to use our site. It was I just residence . We got people there are call from vehicles .
Just says there are 5 swift water rescue teams working to save at least 100 more people there have also been reports of water from the Pamela CO river in Washington , North Carolina , making some streets impassable Brighton Booker , NPR News. Greenville , North Carolina .
Authorities are telling people in 3 towns in Massachusetts that they may not be able to return to their homes until tomorrow a series of gas explosion sparked fires in the 3 communities from member station WBUR in Boston Fred says the latest.
Governor Charlie Baker says the focus remains on public safety.
But make clear to the utility company they must immediately bring in additional resources and develop a comprehensive safety inspection plan for each of these communities.
Columbia gas has not said what went wrong state emergency management officials say possible gas line over pressurization could be the cause of 3 explosions that set off fires in 60 to 80 structures in the city of Lawrence and the towns of Andover in North Andover for NPR News , I’m Fred in Boston.
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It’s 12-4. Good afternoon . I’m Eric Hodge . This is news from North Carolina Public Radio W UNC cabinet Roy Cooper is urging residents in the path of Hurricane Florence to shelter in place . The storm came ashore earlier this morning . Ed is expected to dump as many as 20 inches of rain and southeastern North Carolina before it moves south and west .
The storm is wreaking havoc on our state and we’re deeply concerned for farms for businesses for schools and even a whole communities which could be wiped away.
But I know North Carolinians we’re going to make it through this because we’re going to stick together and we’re going to work together.
Cooper said travel in and around Wilmington and southeastern North Carolina is treacherous and should be avoided if possible. More than one hundred 50 shelters have opened across the state . Their housing more than 20,000 people who have fled Florence some shelters are pet-friendly , but not all . For information about availability and rules that shelters in your area , 2 1-1 or you can use the ready and see out officials say right Beach just north of Wilmington say the news is better than they had expected Daniel houses . The police chief .
This point the damage just did not looked at.
Again , the 3 were for most part clear there was bound lanes , there were some downed trees. But it was far better than we expected . We expected to see a lot of roofs blown off a lot of debris and it just hasn’t been that bad so far .
You’ve said authorities are bracing for the back end of the storm. It’s expected to hit throughout the rest of the day . North Carolina emergency management is reporting that about half a million customers are currently without power in North Carolina tropical storm conditions are expected in the Piedmont the Sand Hills this afternoon hurricane conditions on the coast with strong winds . Heavy rain and flooding highs near 80 this is North Carolina Public Radio W UNC .
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This is the state of things from the American tobacco historic district I’m Frank Stasio the devastation from Hurricane Florence continues as high winds and heavy rains batter the coast. There is widespread flooding and power outages . Even as Florence has been downgraded to a category one hurricane and has shifted south . We continue our coverage of the storm around the state with updates from the National Weather Service RW reporters will take a look at power outages also look at the centers across the state that are handling people who’ve had to evacuate and hear from reporters on the ground in Wilmington and Asheville , as we look at the environmental damage as well . First , we’re joined by meteorologist Kathleen Carroll from the National Weather Service in Raleigh Kathleen welcomed the state of things .
Can you tell us where the storm is now and what the conditions are.
Yes , the center of Florence is inland roughly over how you do kind of middle of nowhere. But what of Wilmington and east of Brunswick in that I just inland , a woman can area .
And we know what they’ll go ahead continue.
Argued they and she’s still fairly large storm and who were outer rain bands extend all the way up toward the North Carolina Virginia border and the southern accent that you know down almost to Charleston , so very large storm.
Yeah this gotten it’s gotten slower and bigger right.
So what can we expect what it what with the areas that were hardest hit. We know it made landfall at writes Ville but what were the areas along the coast . Now , that of were hardest hit .
Pre-much mode. Most of the southern half of the North Carolina coast and the northern South Carolina coast there basically Myrtle Beach grew up Coke in that area . You know a lot of the storm surge associated with that have inundated with other coastal areas and that’s in addition to the rainfall would be outer rain bands and the tornadoes that have been up frequently without them .
Well let’s stay at the coast what can people along the coast expect over the next let’s say 24 hours.
So we’re still expecting with current position of warrants and the fact that she not expected to move terribly quickly. We are still expecting that continued storm surge in the coastal area . In addition , cue the rainfall and the wind shear soldier a tropical storm so she she’s going to be , you know , under those wind and storm surge in there for the next 24 to 36 hours before he 3rd finally moving a little bit farther west into South Carolina .
Yeah and stays on the coast that’s trouble for a lot of reasons , because then we can also expect the tides to rise and fall in the time that that storm is still a lumbering along on the coast itself , right.
Yes and I saw a graphic on the television they post their backing the world like 5 to 6 different tide cycles that were happening , you know , from the time that she started impacting , of course , Larry. At the time when she’s finally expected to move far enough inland and so that the long-time that’s a , that’s a lot of you know high low tide cycle to go through for one system .
What do we know about the trajectory of Florence from here.
He’d go expected to slowly kind of move westward and then she’s going to the kick a curve to the northwest and then north up along the Appalachians.
No I Kathleen Carroll meteor all.