Hurricane Florence drenches barrier islands

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We can not guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired. Don't get complacent. Stay on guard. Tropical Storm Olivia has made landfall in the Hawaiian islands, the Philippines are bracing for the powerful typhoon Mangkhut, and Tropical Storm Isaac is nearing the Leeward Islands.

At 6 miles per hour, Florence is taking its time making it to shore, but it's already causing life-threatening storm surges and bringing hurricane-force winds to the North Carolina coast.

"The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves", the NWS report said. However, while the hurricane hasn't strengthened in terms of peak winds, the inner-core and outer wind fields have continued to expand, resulting in an increase the cyclone's total energy, which will create a significant storm surge event. Hundreds of thousands of people have already evacuated.

"Please heed the warnings", Brock says: "Your time is running out".

Olivia is the first tropical cyclone to make landfall on Maui in modern history, National Weather Service forecasters said. He's telling them they "better go ahead and give me your next of kin" information, because no one will rescue them at the height of the storm. "I'm going to Charlotte".

Florence, though downgraded to a Category 2 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, remained unsafe and unpredictable, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

"This Hurricane is bringing some rain and water that we have not seen before in Hurricane", McMaster said, "Winds may match that of Hugo, but Florence may bring more rain".

"I was down at the Outer Banks over the weekend with my family", he said.

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Florence could bring wind-driven storm surges of seawater as high as 13 feet (4 meters) and NHC Director Ken Graham said on Facebook they could push in as far as 2 miles (3 km).

Tornadoes also remain a threat, particularly in areas northeast of the hurricane's eye.

Storm surge can be the deadliest part of a hurricane, and is only partially affected by wind speeds. Adding to the storm stress is uncertainty about where exactly Florence will make landfall, after a shift in its track put more of the Southeast in danger.

Footage shows a pier and a beach in Nags Head, North Carolina, being hit with heavy surf as the storm rolls into the area.

Accuweather reported that its meteorologists "believe that the hurricane will stall and meander near the Carolina coast from Thursday night to Saturday".

Florence was downgraded to a Category 2 storm overnight on the five-level Saffir-Simpson scale but it is still packing hurricane-force winds of 165 kilometres per hour (105 miles per hour), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

The mayor of Myrtle Beach says her city has done as much as it can to prepare for Hurricane Florence.

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