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♪ >> please make sure not to underestimate this powerful hurricane. we will feel the impact of damaging winds and torrential rainfall for a couple of days, with potentially significant river flooding. >> jon: florence is here. at the monster storm forecasters have been warning us for days has begun her brutal assault on the east coast. now the threat is a reality. hello, i am jon scott. at this hour, hurricane florence now a category one trend storm. she slowly creeps further inland. that is just part of the story. the biggest threat right now is that the rain, expected to assault the carolinas were days.
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predicted to create catastrophic flooding. already the coast of the carolinas are understood several feet of water, and tens of thousands of people are without power. that number could climb into the millions. in the coming hour, we will take you live to some of the regions directly in the hurricane's path, and we will show you by forecasters are warning us the worst is yet to come. >> this is a powerful storm that can kill. >> jon: we began our overnight coverage of hurricane florence in north beach carolina, one of the communities expected to feel the worst of this most unwelcome visitor. with an update. steve, what are you seeing right now? speak of this part of the north carolina coast has been pounded for the past 11 hours. the rain has not stopped. it is coming down in sheets. when you hear about these astronomical rain totals of 30
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to 40 inches, you can really believe it after standing out here and just watching it fall. as far as the wind goes, it is strong enough at times to snap branches, strong enough to pull tiles off of roofs. it may strengthen overnight. but from what i've seen here, it has been significant enough to cause major structural damage to the buildings in this location. not knocking down houses, not cracking trees. alarmingly, we have seen the surf creep up from where we started at 2:00 this afternoon, 60 yards of beach behind me. there is not now. the stairway has collapsed into the ocean, just huge whitecaps there, and a real concern if the storm surge does go where people expect, it will over top and flood the first level of these houses. most houses are boarded up, it is completely dark. electricity is out here as it is for tens of thousands of people across north carolina. people live sent to the mornings, they left, they packed up, they boarded up.
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a very emotional, difficult, uncertain decision. it was not easy to get out of here, the storm is going to create real flooding inland, so people had to either go far in land or north or south to try to get out of the storm appeared with a gas storages, hotels closed, water shortages, it hast out. they have listened, they have heard the message, and they have gotten out. help is here, their first responders from around the u.s. boats from 19 different states, the army prepared to help, and we could see water rescues once the wind dies down in the early morning hours. back to you. >> jon: they are talking about 30 inches of range rain in some places. where's all of that water going to go? >> it is going to go inland with the rivers that go across the state back up, it will create tremendous problems, not just flooding, which could absolutely devastate some towns. it could be underwater in a day
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or two ago. it also concerns about the water quality, as well. when you dump that much water in industrial areas, and this is a state with a 9 million hogs, and those hogs have a lot of manure. that water is going to be dirty that is floating around here, and it is going to be dangerous for people to try and drink. >> jon: steve harrigan in north castle beach. steve, thank you. those in atlantic beach north carolina also seen a significant amount of rainfall. that is where we find leland vittert as hurricane florence betters the coast. >> 's since the beginning, we are now in our 10 or 12. this is the most significant storm surge we have seen, the water, and to give you a sense of what is happening, this is a boardwalk out to those chains there, and then you have the intercoastal waterway here. this is the first time we see the water start to lap up over here. the wind has certainly picked
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up, the rain has picked up as well. the storm surge is going to keep moving in, even though the tide is moving out. we are also starting to see this dock lift off. eventually these dock sections will almost certainly break off and then they become floating barges of destruction to make their way into this town. power was gone a long time ago. also fire and internet, and the police say it is simply too dangerous to head out. if they did not evacuate, they are essentially on their own. picking up on that in terms of being on your own, anyone who thought "it went from a categoro not need to leave," they are stuck here. not a fun place to be stock, it won't be for the next couple of days as the water levels continue to rise. the 30 inches of range, the barrier islands about a mile or
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two off, one of which steve is on, those islands would typically act as a barrier, a protector for north carolina. not in this case. they are actually turning themselves into a funnel, and that is where you are seeing the storm surge watered ron up from here back into these rivers, and that is where you're going to end up with towns with what the weather service say has devastating flooding. that could be two or three days from now when the rain that is coming down now and will continue to come down, florence slows down over the coming days, combined with the storm surge for what could be a very, very long and awful next couple of weeks for folks, john. >> jon: not unlike what hurricane harvey did to houston just a year ago. all right, it appears that lee linville can't hear us. understand why those hurricane force winds down there cannot hear us. thank you very much.
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meteorologist adam klotz is monitoring the storm, as he has done for days. from the fox extreme weather center. >> hey there, jon. it we are actually getting closr and closer to the shore as i take you in now on the eye of this. there is your center of circulation. less than 16 miles away now from wilmington, which means you are half of that, maybe 30 or 20 miles away from the actual coast. that is where the strongest winds are going to be on the backside, some of the heaviest rain running into the outer banks. there are flash floods warning in place. everything highlighted in red, that would be flash flooding because it is bringing heavy, heavy rain. these walls, these bands, and that is where the strongest winds are. when we get closer to the shore, some of those wind numbers are really beginning to climb up. some inland communities, anywhere between 55 to 45
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mile-per-hour winds. i have seen 60 mile-per-hour winds. just off the shore we have seen winds up into the 83-mile-per-hour range. the highest i've seen is 112, that is just off the coast moving closer to the coast, so you expect to these wind totals to continue to climb in the next several hours. the strongest winds have not yet gone through the area, those are getting a little closer. all that wind, obviously, creating this storm surge. he was beginning to see some storm surge in his area. we will see the push up here throughout the overnight hours. on the low end, several locations getting two to 3 feet, but there will be spots where we are looking for casting eight to 9 feet of the storm surge. it is not just for folks right along the coastal community, at least right along the beach. pushing up into some of these inland rivers, storm surge will be searching its way inland, and that will cause more flooding, especially when you consider the weight back rain on
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the way. here's where we currently sit. this is the motion of this throughout the rest of the weekend. you notice the very slow mover. from thursday night running into friday evening, very little movement there. gives up the pick up speed a little more inland, but we are talking about tropical force winds for the next 48 hours and some of these locations. that consistent rainfall the entire time. as that rain falls, obviously the numbers began to climb. where we are sitting currently, spots right along the coast getting up to 20 or 30 inches. that is going to move inland away, plenty of spots getting up to a foot of rain, again with the storm surge moving in, ultimately water is going to be a big concern with this. with everything we are talking about, right around this time we are going to be talking about at least of the potential, and this is when the ingredients are in place that you typically start to see a couple of spin up
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tornadoes. it will be tough to identify any overnight hours because it is dark and these are rain laughs. this is the time when we have tornado watch is in place in the front right quadrant. the winds are there, the rain is obviously they are, jon, it is to be a long night. not just tonight, but unfortunately a couple of days for folks across north carolina and south carolina by the weekend. >> jon: the stretch of that pounding is going to continue for the next 48 hours and beyond that. really tough on those who stay behind. >> it really is. such a slow mover, it isn't picking up speed yet. >> jon: adam klotz keeping an eye on it from the fox weather center. adam, thank you. meanwhile, the white house releasing a picture of president trump and vice president pence in a meeting today with senior white house staff, thinking those at the beginning of hurricane florence response
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efforts. devastating flooding expected as a result of the storm. ♪ in addition to hurricane florence we are keeping an eye on another devastating situation, just north of boston. a series of gas explosions almost simultaneous rattled a number of communities thursday, killing one person and injuring several others. the blast igniting fires in nearly 40 homes. entire neighborhoods forced to evacuate as emergency crews scramble to shut off electric lines to prevent further danger. the widespread billows of smoke could be seen for miles. one official described it as armageddon. the threat appears to be over for now, but investigators remain at a loss to explain exactly what happened. they say it might take days or perhaps weeks before they turn up any answers. our coverage of hurricane florence continues as the powerful storm at floods parts of the carolinas. what to expect from relief
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♪ >> jon: as is the case of most
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disasters, fema is on the front line of what promises to be a tough battle with hurricane florence and will remain on the scene long after florence has come and gone. joining us now by phone, former fema official, thomas. tell us about the challenges and agency like fema has to prepare for in for in a situation like this. >> it is a pleasure to be with you. fema does have a significant amount of challenges here. number one, the simple size of the storm, potentially out to 400 square miles, is historic. although it has weekend it to a category one, the deadly aspects still exist, potential record rainfall. >> jon: that is basically going to park on top of the carolinas for a couple of days and just drench that reason region with rainfall. >> yes, very similar to what
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hurricane harvey did to texas last year. however, the topography of north carolina and south carolina are much more flood prone to the topography of houston. set a different way, i think that north carolina and south carolina, by far are in much greater risk if the storm surge, and certainly the record rainfall is going to be a huge challenge in terms of trying to mitigate this disaster. >> jon: some of these hurricanes blow through quickly. the eye hits, the day comes, and you have blue skies and you can get around. but if you have that kind of flooding that is going to last a couple of days, it is going to be hard to get people into the positions where they need to be. convoys of trucks and so forth really going to have trouble moving around for the next
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couple of days, aren't they? >> absolutely, jon, that is a great point. the more the storm lingers, the greater delay in surging assets. fema and the united states government are fully prepared to project and search assets into the region. personnel and food and water. but until these rains and storm surges subside, they can't do this. the fact that this is going to linger and slow down and essentially hover over the north and south carolina coasts make it extremely difficult for fema to implement their game plan here when it comes to the hurricane response. >> jon: it also makes it tough for local officials, fire officials, other first responders, if there is some kind of an emergency,
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people do stay behind, may be people who should have evacuated but didn't and wind up hurt somehow. they have to get to those folks, and that is tough to do. >> that is extremely tough to d do. i think that the law enforcement and first responders who do such an amazing job for all of us are really challenged by the fact that there are individuals who are going to stay behind. they may not be able to get to four may be to go to three days. in addition to that, these law enforcement and first responders are actually going to be victims of this disaster, as well. they need to take care of their families and secure their families. it is quite a challenge when you are dealing with a storm this large. >> jon: they are talking about a storm surge of the 10 to 11 feet in places, that is going to be driving water up those low-lying rivers like people have probably never seen before, and it is going to be a rude awy see how much water is suddenly
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just being pushed up from the ocean, to say nothing of the 30 inches of rain that is supposed to fall on top of it. >> it really is, when you look at it, a historic storm from a storm surge perspective. you are absolutely right. when you have this kind of rain and storm surge, the ability for natural training system, which most rivers and obviously the ocean has, is going to be interrupted, so what is going to happen is you are going to have intensified local flooding. with intensified local flooding occurs, the individuals that have stayed behind are not going to be able to get out of their house safely. that is where the stress of the emergency managers and the law enforcement take place. this is early morning of this disaster. my fear is by tomorrow night, we
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are going to be looking at serious rescues like we saw in harvey, potentially 50 to 100 miles inland. >> jon: wow. thomas panuzio, let's hope that does not come to pass. all signs point to that situation. >> jon, it is a pleasure to be here, sir. i hope all of your folks at fox stay safe and they are doing an amazing job. >> jon: thank you. they are very good at it and experience at this. we will do our best. thank you very much, thomas. florence begins the slow track inland, bringing with her expected historical rainfall and destructive floods. when we return, we will show you why this catastrophic storm will leave giant footprints in her wake. >> this is still a very, very dangerous storm, not only on the coast, but also in the interior of the state. ♪
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♪ >> jon: hurricane florence downgraded to a category one trend storm, but forecasters one people in the line of destruction do not let that number catch you off guard. florence remains a deadly threat and will have far-reaching consequences. >> my message today, don't rela relax. don't get complacent. stay on guard. our greatest concern about this dormer remains the same. storm surge and massive floodin flooding. both are going to be extreme. >> we continue our live coverage of hurricane florence as she slowly pushes her way to the carolinas where water levels are rapidly rising and homes are being ripped apart. forecasters feared the storm could last for days. let's go down to meteorologist adam klotz come alive in the fox extreme weather center as hurricane florence continues her assault on the carolinas.
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adam. >> i do think eventually the big storm surge and the relentless rain that we are eventually going to see, but for now we are actually beginning to see those strongest winds, may be the most intense wins will see the entire storm happening currently happening in the next several hours. winds at 90 miles per hour, and we see in already up to that 90 miles per hour, and in some places already higher than that for costs. consistently in some places, they are recorded at 90 miles per hour at the eye wall. there is your center of circulation. we are really getting close to the coast at this point. less than 60 miles an hour from. from the actual coast itself, there is your center of circulation. probably closer to 20 or 30 miles. the bands continue to stretch their way out. we are also seeing bands of rains, heavy wrapping around the system.
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all along here we are flash flood warnings in place because this is dropping heavy rain, and as you can tell, we continue see this wrapping around and just dropping that rain in the same waterlogged locations over and over and over again. the storm is only moving at 6 miles per hour, so the very slow trek means people getting the winds are going to continue getting the wins. places getting rain will continue to get the rain. it will have time to really continue to beat it down and where some of these areas i would. here are some current wind gusts. again, along the coast, 50 miles per hour, 55 miles per hour. just off port, a buoy. those winds are going to continue to move closer and closer to shore. these numbers will get a little higher in the next couple of hours as the strong winds push their way closer. the hurricane force winds will continue to move closer to shore
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overnight tonight and early tomorrow morning. everything you are looking at here in this larger yellow sphere, those are tropical force winds. that is a huge area. they will stretch across the carolinas down to south carolina. it weakens as it eventually runs over land, but it is such a slow mover that it takes a wild. places like wilmington couldn't deal with these wins for as much as 60 total hours before all is said and done. pushing that water and creating a storm surge, spots getting up to 8, 9, 10 feet of total storm surge. not just going to beat down on the beach, people who live into some of these inland waterways are also going to be dealing with the storm surge. for one, there's nowhere for it to go. we forecasted storm surges getting up to 10 feet in some of these inland waterways, also. this pushes well inland on top of all of this era because we have been talking about the slow movement of this, taking from
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this morning to tomorrow night to saturday, a very small amount of movement. with that continuing to pick up a whole lot of moisture, the rain will keep falling. with the storm surge as well as the rain, the flooding is definitely going to be a problem. here's where we are sitting now on top of what they've already seen, some locations projected to get close to 30 inches. we are stretching over entire state. even while away from the system getting up to 6, 7, 8, 10 inche to 6, 7, 8, 10 inches. stretching into south carolina and eventually george as we track the system a little farther. and then, of course, this is always a concern when you talk about a system like this making landfall, there is a tornado watch in place. for a lot of these places that are currently getting the strongest winds, the heaviest rain. small tornadoes, usually not long lasting, but they can cause a lot of damage when you are even thinking about that as
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being one of the possibilities. >> jon: when you get into the western carolinas and the high country, you dump 9 or 10 inches of rain into some of of those mountain valleys, you have the potential for flash flooding they are. >> we could be talking about mudslides and some of those locations, also. >> jon: scary stuff in the coming days. adam klotz in the fox weather center. adam, thank you. storm surge warning in effect for wrightsville beach north carolina, that is where rick rick leventhal is right now. how does it look where you are? >> our phones have been lighting up. there are storm surges in effect, a hurricane here and we are dealing with winds that have deteriorated rapidly over the course of the evening. we had power all day until about two or three hours ago. up on the north of wrightsville beach, flashes on the mainland side. the power all reaches, coverage
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is only going to throw. a couple hours ago, 165,000 customers in north carolina without power. that number could reach 1 to 3 million customers before the storm is done. it starts here in wrightsville beach. tough to stay if there is flooding yet on the main roads. we can't really tell, we can't tell if there has been any significant tree damage or trees down, but that is also likely to happen because as you know, the ground in this part of north carolina has been saturated. wilmington set records this summer with the amount of rainfall. 20 or 30 or more inches of rainfall on top of that. that is why they are so concerned about the flooding, the catastrophic flooding that they are predicting, because as the storm moved across the state, it will dump rain on areas of the state that already seen far too much of it. the situation in wrightsville beach is good as far as residents are concerned because most he did the mandatory
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evacuation. i was told about a handful of residents decided to ride this thing out. officials have been patrolling the streets, have not seen them in a bit because things are starting to get pretty dicey out here, jon, so it is not safe to be on the road. >> jon: the ground is as soft as it apparently is after all that rain, when those trees get hammered by these kinds of winds, a lot of trees are going to be uprooting and toppling over. that is going to be making it horrible for the power companies, a lot of lines are going to come down, people's houses will be crushed, it is going to be a real mess. >> yeah, that is typically when we see the most injuries and deaths from hurricanes, not during the storm itself, but in the aftermath as people go out to clean up and they encounter live wires or accidents on their property because of what you just mentioned, down to trees, power lines, roof damage, that sort of thing. the storm has been downgraded,
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so the wind is not as significant, but the rain and the surge are going to cause a lot of problems across the state. >> jon: rick leventhal reporting live from wrightsville beach, north carolina. thanks rick, we will check back with you in a bit. hurricane florence already pounding coastal north and south carolina, but with the eyes still hours away from landfall, the worst is likely still to come. the storm causing heavy flooding. it has already knocked out power to tens of thousands of people, but as that i wall comes ashore, the wind speeds will increase. stay with us as a coverage of the very dangerous hurricane continues. ♪ are you done yet?
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♪ >> jon: wilmington, north carolina, is no stranger to the damage a hurricane can cause. cities are boarded up, sandbags are filled and piled up. even though the city is not on
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the coast, all eyes are on the river right in the middle of the historic center. ray bogan joins us now live from wilmington. ray? >> good evening to you. we are right along the kp river, and we've been watching that very closely. ever since the storm force task came in, we saw a lot of storm e coming in. a 711 feet. we talk about wilmington not being a stranger to hurricanes, speaking to one her resident talking about hurricane matthew in 2013. when that made landfall it was category 1. by the time it was all done, the water came up to his waist. we are paying carrie know mike very close attention to the river and the fact that we get storm surges of seven to 11 fee
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11 feet. hundred 70,000 customers out of power. we see behind me, it is pretty dark. the power is still on, but teasing us a little back-and-forth where it will go off, come back on again. we do expect at some point it is likely going to stay off because energy is telling us that a 3 million customers lose , 75% f their customers in the carolinas, could lose power. as a result, they have one of their biggest efforts ready to go to get power restored. they have 20,000 personnel from the midwest, florida, and even other power companies coming from as far as texas ready to get power restored once it goes on for good. we are not too far away from the wilmington historic district. i was walking there at the other day, a lot of businesses were boarding up, getting ready for the storm. there is a lot of historic buildings. i was speaking with one man
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whose brewery is inside a building that was built in 1856, 12-inch thick brick walls, and he is going to leave three people inside that brewery during the storm so they can get ahead of damage as it happens. for instance, if there is a leak, if something goes forward and breaks a window, if flooding starts the coming through one of the front doors, they can start handling it right then and there as it happens to try to keep it from getting too bad. other than that, jon, these conditions continually get wors worse. earlier this afternoon, we started seeing the bands where it would come for may be 5 to 1. it is constant pounding of wind and rain, and it doesn't look like it is going to stop for a while because the storm is only moving at a 6 miles per hour. as a result, it is just going to keep on pounding. one thing we are looking forward to hearing wilmington is the fact that the storm is about
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dead east to us right now, and the forecast has it going maybe slightly to the northwest, so we have our fingers crossed that it is going to be may be the side of the storm and the southwest side of the storm, as opposed to the northeast side of the storm, which can be very, very bad. we have our fingers crossed that maybe we can get a little bit of a break there. jon, back to you. >> jon: i got to wondering, i toured the battleship north carolina not too far from you there on the cape fear rive river. >> it is right on the other side of the camera. >> jon: if you lift the water level 10 or 12 feet, you could have an interesting situation. i don't suppose anyone is concerned about the mornings for that battleship, they are all solid, right, i hope? >> i was looking at that. i am on the eighth floor of the hotel, looking down, they have a lot of moorings holding that tight. it is in its own little section
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where it has land on all three sides, and then on the side where there is a river, they have this grate to keep the flow of the river out of there, so it seems well protected. >> jon: i hope that holds. i'm sure they planned for this kind of eventuality, but this would be a historic storm, as we discussed. thanks, ray, we'll check in with you as in a bit. cheap public information officer for the south carolina emergency management division. he joins us over the phone. what are your biggest challenges right now? >> good evening. the biggest challenge, as much as the storm hurricane florence has been predicted, now that it is so close to south carolina, it looks like we might have less of a severe hurricane impact, and more of a severe flooding. incident that is going to last several days now. the challenge will be trying to
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communicate to people that this flooding is dangerous. the weather service uses words like catastrophic. they normally do not use words like that, so we do have a lot of people who have evacuated our coastlines. 69 evacuation shelters are currently open, 3 are full. 6900 people, i believe, have evacuated into the shelters. we still have room for 42,000 more people if they have nowhere to stay. if they -- if their homes have ever flooded, low-lying areas, places like that, now is the time to leave. we still have a little bit of time, but time is running out. >> jon: anyone along the inland rivers, if the storm surge comes in as high as they are saying it is going to do, there's going to be a lot of flooding in places where people have not seen it before. >> absolutely. as we just saw in
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north carolina, the storm is going to come ashore, hurricane florence is going to come ashore very slowly. it will be over both carolinas for several days. that means that south carolina will see a lot of rain very quickly, but also it is going to last. the river in flooding, low-lying areas throughout the entire state, could see flooding conditions. it is going to be very important to see that you have supplies on hand that you can live off of, your family can live off on for at least a week so far. it is going to be more important to be ready to act, emergency managers advising you to take immediately safety report precautions. >> jon: this flooding, it will be a couple of days worth of torrential rain. as i said before, people might look out of the backyard before they go to bed and everything looks fine, they wake up in the
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morning with water lapping at the front door. that is the kind of thing that is going to happen with the storm. >> unfortunately, that is what we are expecting, yes. this is something that we have seen for the past three years in south carolina, with historic flood in 2015, hurricane matthew in 2016, particularly in the areas that florence is most affected by, the myrtle beach area, what we call the v peaty region of south carolina. a little bit of hurricane irma last year. we do not want people to get complacent because the storm has been downgraded to a category 1, you still see a giant wall of water with the storm surge as a result of a category 1 storm. this is a very large storm, a very slow moving storm. that means there is potential for hurricane florence to dump a lot of rain on our state coming up over the next three days or so. >> jon: one of our
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correspondence, i believe it was leland vittert, noted the tide was going out in the water level is still rising. when you get the tide coming back in, coupled with that storm surge, it could be a very bad or night and morning there in the carolinas. >> absolutely. this is going to be one of those situations where, ask yourself, are you absolutely certain that you are safe where you are going to be or where you plan to write out the storm? if the answer is anything but yes, you need to leave. >> jon: so if people are hearing you right now in south carolina or north carolina, for that matter, you said there is still room and shelters in south carolina. >> absolutely. >> jon: how do they find where their nearest shelter is? >> if people need a place to say, no do not have alternate arrangements, we do have emergency shelters set up throughout the state, still
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space for 42,000 people, so to find those locations, people can go to our website, sce we have a live shelter feed connected to our primary operating system. they can also download the south carolina emergency management app and take it with them. also use the app to check in with their loved ones to share the gps location and a number of different tools and live feeds for information p.a. they can call our hotline at one- one-866-246-8333. if there any questions whatsoever. we want to stress this is not a storm to second guess, this is not a storm to play around with. it is so important that people take their own safety and become their own personal emergency managers so they know for sure that their families and every thing they have, essentially, will be safe. >> jon: there is time to evacuate now, but that time is
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fleeting. >> absolutely. the time to evacuate is now so that they can have plenty of time to get where you need to go and you will know for sure that you and your family, your loved ones, and any important documents, medications that you are taking with you, that sort of thing, are with you, and you are in a safe place and can reach out for help if you need it. >> jon: derrec becker is the chief public information officer for the south carolina emergency management division. derrec, thanks for the time and advice tonight. hurricane florence downgraded to a category 1 storm, but still expected to pack a horrible punch. the storm has slowed to the point where it could dumb dumpn for days, causing catastrophic flooding in parts of northern south carolina. that rain can be measured in feet, not inches. stay with us as our coverage of this extremely dangerous storm continues. ♪
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♪ >> jon: hurricane florence will leave a massive amount of damage, flooding, and power outages as it moves slowly inland. jackie yvonne you join just now.
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>> north carolina, south carolina, georgia, maryland, and virginia. you are looking at live images out of north carolina right now we're more than 60 of the state, 100 counties, have declared a state of emergency. duke energy, the major power supplied are for north and south carolina, the estimate up to 3 million customers could lose power. power companies have activated the emergency response plans, sending out equipment, resources, and crews strategically placed for power outages. it is all hands on deck with more than 40,000 workers from 17 states standing by. officials have been warning of the possibility for extended power outages, stressing that most power equipment, including bucket trucks, can't be used in high winds. the heavy flooding will delay response time. listen. >> any time the trees get that kind of wind, 100 miles per hour, trees are going to come
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apart. power lines -- after the water recedes, we will go in and what work we can right away. >> some of the latest power outages in north carolina, nearly 166,000 outages. south carolina, 147. virginia 840. those numbers will continue to climb. ready. .willgetyouthrough. refrigerator will keep food hold for a few hours. should always use grills outdoors and 20 feet away from windows. a check on your neighbors, especially the elderly and young children. they are vulnerable to extreme temperatures. go to a community location with power if you're heat for the
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cold in your home gets too extreme for you. of course, turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment, or electronics. we will continue to monitor these power outage numbers and keep you updated throughout the night, as i'm sure these numbers will continue to rise. jon, back to you. >> jon: jackie ibanez. jackie, thank you. we will continue to take a look at those hurricane force winds from category 1 florence as it lashes north carolina. the threat of a life-threatening storage storm surge is looming large. 10 to 12 feet is a possibility, and 30 inches of rain in some places. continuing to track the storm. our coverage continues is straight ahead. ♪ (male speaker) as people who love the outdoors,
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>> this is a powerful storm that can kill. >> jon: it's 2:00 a.m. in the carolinas and florence, now a category 1 hurricane, still packs violent winds as she continues her brutal assault on the east coast. it's creeping farther inland, 9. wind speed is not the main concern for the people in the storm's path. the biggest threat is rain which is expected to drench the carolinas for days.


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