Winds, rain lash Caroli­nas

Cape Argus - - WORLD -

MYRTLE BEACH: The outer bands of wind and rain from Hur­ri­cane Florence be­gan lash­ing North Carolina yes­ter­day as the mon­ster storm moved in for an ex­tended stay along the south-east­ern coast, promis­ing to drench the homes of 10 mil­lion peo­ple with im­mense amounts of wa­ter.

Florence’s top wind speeds dropped from a high of 225km/h to 175km/h.

“For a me­an­der­ing storm, the big­gest con­cern – as we saw with Har­vey – is the huge amount of rain­fall,” said Chris Land­sea, chief of trop­i­cal anal­y­sis and fore­cast branch at the Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­tre.

As of 8am, Florence was cen­tred about 275km/h east-south-east of Wilm­ing­ton, North Carolina, and about 355km/h east-south-east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The cen­tre’s best guess was that Florence’s eye would blow ashore later yes­ter­day af­ter­noon around the North-South Carolina line. Then, it will likely hover along the coast to­mor­row. The fore­cast pre­dicts as much as 102cm of rain over seven days.

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