Winds, rain lash Carolinas
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.