4 dead as Hurricane Florence moves in

Forecasters urge caution as storm churns in Gulf

Hurricane Florence creating waves taller than 8-story building as it nears Carolinas, experts say | Charlotte Observer

Gradual weakening is forecast during the next few days.

We started tracking Helene as it pushed off of the coastline of Africa and intensified.

Its top sustained winds have dropped to 70 miles per hour (110 kph), and it's at a near standstill, moving west at just 3 miles per hour (6 kph). "It's possible that the west coast of Wales and Cornwall could get some winds as well, but we will get a clearer picture of what to expect very soon".

As of noon, Swansboro, North Carolina, had almost 31 inches of rain, Emerald Isle had over 23, and Wilmington and Goldsboro had about a foot. Both storms should weaken, but Helene is still expected to "pack a punch", according to the Express.

The National Hurricane Center or NHC said "Helene's surface circulation has become fully exposed this morning with the center decoupled about 110 miles south of edge of the remaining deep convection".

The storm is likely to die out by Wednesday, the forecaster said. In the past, confusion and false rumors have arisen when storm advisories broadcast from radio stations were mistaken for warnings concerning an entirely different storm located hundreds of miles away.

Charlotte and Asheville in North Carolina, and Roanoke, Virginia, could also be in for heavy rains as Florence plods inland.

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The Navy says nearly 30 Virginia-based ships and 128 aircraft sent away from their bases in the Hampton Roads-area because of now-Tropical Storm Florence have been given the go-ahead to return.

On another barrier island just below the Bogue Banks, Steve Harrigan reported live from North Topsail Beach, where visitors and residents were largely heeding warnings from Gov. Roy Cooper (D-N.C.) to evacuate.

"Historically, storms that have taken the track Florence has taken turn north into the Atlantic Ocean before ever reaching the United States coast".

Florence's forward movement during the day slowed to a near-standstill - sometimes it was going no faster than a human can walk - and that enabled it to pile on the rain.

On Friday, coastal streets in the Carolinas flowed with frothy ocean water, and pieces of torn-apart buildings flew through the air.

"WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU", the city tweeted during the height of the storm.

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