http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-14/h ... e/10246244Hurricane Florence's leading edge is battering the Carolina coast, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets, as the hulking storm closes in with 160kph winds for a drenching siege that could last all weekend.
Tens of thousands of people already without power
Days of downpours could unload more than 900mm of rain
7,000 military personnel in place ready to respond to storm
The expected high winds and slow movement of the hurricane as it comes ashore are likely to make rescue efforts in flooded areas challenging, senior US Defence Department officials say.
Tens of thousands of people are already without power.
Forecasters said conditions would only get more lethal when the storm smashed ashore early on Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and crawled slowly inland.
Its surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 3.4 metres of ocean water, and days of downpours could unload more than 900mm of rain, triggering severe flooding.
On Twitter someone who studies storms confirmed “a subtle slowing” of cyclonic storms. That is not good news for places in the line of one of these monster storms. A 13' storm surge is expected.
Some idiots remained in coastal communities.