Time almost up: Fierce Hurricane Florence aims at Southeast

Even in downgrading Florence which is expected to crash into the Carolinas late Thursday night or early Friday the National Hurricane Center predicted “life-threatening storm surge,” “catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flo

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Hurricane Florence is bigger than the state of North Carolina and four times larger than Ohio.

The rainy summer has already caused some flooding at the zoo, so Kottyan said it has already identified problem areas on the grounds and is taking measures to guard against additional flooding from the hurricane, such as blocking animal stall doors with hay bails. An order that many families, like Scott's, have chose to ignore. More than one million people had been ordered to evacuate the coasts of North and SC and Virginia and thousands moved to emergency shelters, officials said. About 1.7 million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders and millions of others live in areas likely to be affected by the storm. As the slow-moving storm moves over the Carolinas, it could pummel towns with more than 3 feet of rainwater.

Gov. Cooper told Morning Edition that he expects flooding could get worse as more rain falls and that the state's No. 1 mission right now is "working very hard to save lives".

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Authorities in New Bern said more than 100 people had to be saved from floods and that the downtown area was underwater. "People think we're taking animals that have been stranded from the storm".

"The sun rose this morning on an extremely risky situation and it's going to get worse", he said at a news conference in Raleigh.

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One forecast from weather-tracking website Weathermodels.com predicts that over the next week, the Carolinas could see as much as 11 trillion gallons of rain. "I have never seen a hurricane that is literally going to be with us for two days", he said.

Cooper said Florence was set to cover nearly all of the state in several feet of water.

Government weather satellites captured this image of Hurricane Florence shortly after its landfall September 14, 2018. Near Wilmington alone, Duke Energy reported 67 percent of its customers - 86,000 - had lost power. Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds reached out 195 miles (315 kilometers).

Hours earlier, streets along the coast had been transformed into raging streams, and massive waves surged along the Outer Banks. Spending, meanwhile, fell more than 30 percent, or around $500 that week, and more than 65 percent on the day of landfall as businesses closed up shop and residents took shelter from the storm.

The East Coast isn't the only area facing the brunt of a storm. A woman named Bree tweeted: "If anybody could help. our cars is under water and so is our house stuck in attic".

The police chief of a barrier island in Florence's bulls'-eye said he was asking for next-of-kin contact information from the few residents who refused to leave. "We have an old jail building, and there was a sally port where vehicles could drive down into it", she says.

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