Images courtesy: NOAA, NWS, T. Herzog Twitter, New Bern NC Police Department
Wrightsville Beach, NC (left), Overnight Flooding in New Bern, NC (right)
The National Hurricane Center reported Hurricane Florence, a category 1 storm, made landfall at 7:15 a.m. EDT today near Wrightsville Beach, N.C. Maximum winds were 90 mph.
“Current statewide power outage total is at 485,143, with the highest concentration in Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Robeson, Sampson, Wake and Wayne counties. Find updates here: http://ow.ly/V5Qa30lOZkS .
#FlorenceNC” — North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and NC Office Emergency Management tweeted this morning.
North Carolina officials are urging people to stay indoors. First responders, the Cajun Navy volunteers, the National Guard and others are in place for rescues to shelters. High tide also is a major concern this morning.
New Bern, NC officials reported nearly 15,000 city customers without power late Thursday night as Hurricane Florence lashed at the Carolina coast. NBC Today Show reports the Cajun Navy is doing water rescues in New Bern this morning.
Hurricane Florence continues to pound away with life-threatening flooding, storm surge, and high winds at the Carolina shoreline this morning.
From National Hurricane Center, Miami
“Hurricane Florence Tropical Cyclone Update
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL062018
735 AM EDT Fri Sep 14 2018
…CENTER OF THE EYE OF HURRICANE FLORENCE FINALLY MAKES LANDFALL
NEAR WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH NORTH CAROLINA…
NOAA Doppler weather radar data and surface observations indicate
that the center of the eye of Hurricane Florence made landfall along
the coast of North Carolina at 715 AM EDT…1115 UTC…near 34.2N
77.8W…which is near Wrightsville Beach. Maximum sustained winds
were estimated to be 90 mph (150 km/h), and the central pressure was
estimated to be 958 mb based on reports from the NOAA NOS observing
station at Johnny Mercer Pier in Wrightsville Beach.
SUMMARY OF 715 AM EDT…1115 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 5 MI…10 KM E OF WILMINGTON NORTH CAROLINA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…90 MPH…150 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 265 DEGREES AT 6 MPH…9 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…958 MB…28.29 INCHES