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you have to take the loss. you have to take the rough with the smooth. we lose a lot of money. but we will bounce back and will be fine. >> you're a good guy. thank you, sir. if i was closer i would come get some fish. we appreciate it. thank you for being a good person and good citizen. >> thanks for having me. this is awesome. everybody, take care and be safe. >> absolutely. listen, that is the good thing that happens when we go across america. and we see these some of the natural disasters and it can be a big breaking news story. we see the humanity of people coming together. forgetting about politics and forgetting about anything that has to do with anything negative. or divides us and come together and help people. that's what adam and many other folks have been doing in the area. that is it for me here.
in the carolinas. i'll be back tomorrow. our coverage will continue with my colleague george howl. take it away. >> thank you again. several hours of coverage today. so much involved in the storm. we will continue to cover it live here from wilmington, north carolina. the wind here is hitting strong and the rain coming down. keeping in mind right now this storm it's been downgraded from a 2 to kate goir 1. lt eye of the storm sill on track towards wilmington, north carolina. 50 miles from where we are now. 85 kilometers. the wind gusts at this point around the eye wall, 90 miles per hour. sustained. wind gusts getting up to 120 miles per hour. and again storm surge is a major concern with the storm. as it continues to push in land. storm surge we understand can
anywhere -- you're hearing the wind. anywhere from nine to ten feet. it is very important that viewers keep in mind this is a significant storm. don't get too caught up in the category. this is a beast. it is moving in and moving at a snails pace. moving at six miles per hour. six miles per hour. it was 15 miles per hour before. six miles per hour which means the eye of the storm will not come into wilmington until the afternoon. we expected it to be on track to hit around now. because it's moving so slow and dumping so much rain and water it won't happen until the afternoon. so, a long several hours for many people who decided to hunker down. for many people here in wilmington. and nearby. cnn covering this of course with the teams throughout the region. right now in carolina beach. north carolina. we have our nick watt in
northern myrtle beach. south carolina. and our meteorologist at the cnn weather center. starting with you, there in carolina beach the wind is hitting you there. the rain hitting you. tell us about the situation as it is now. >> good morning to the viewers. the full story of hurrican florence still yet to be written. one thing is for sure. we know that where we are here at carolina beach on the coastal region of north carolina, we will be feeling the full brunt in the full fury of florence. as a projected land fall will move across the region in the over night and early morning hours of friday. something as a meteorologist i am looking forward to. this is an incredible event. we have seen the storm slow down tremendously. at snails pace. that's why the storm is so different to any other storm that people have lived out here
along the coast. it is moving so slow, this is going to be a long duration event. it's just starting to show its nasty face to us now. wind gusts get this, over 60 kilometers per hour. gusting close to hurricane force. we may not see them drop below hurricane force winds until saturday. that's incredible. the duration of this event 48 hours of sustained tropical storm force wind with gusts nearing hurricane force. is unfathomable. not many structures out there including trees that can with stand that long and strong wind. even though we're splicing hairs with the lowering of the category. don't pay attention to that number. focus on the fact this storm is here to say. dumping what is eight months of rain in a two day period.
it's amazing. my senses have been reminded so quickly about covering hurricane maria and irma. i have the smell of fuel from a generator that's to my side here. keeping us with power. and on air. all the senses being triggered from the moments when we're in the middle of a storm like this. you're familiar with it as well. we're in it for the long haul. and we'll bring you the latest information. we're in a safe position. we're not putting crews in harms way. doing our best to show you the story and what's unfolding here. along the east coast of the u.s. >> that's so important to play out. we are also in a safe position as we can be. it's important for viewers to understand. you have to take the precautions especially if you're going to be here. through the duration of the storm. i have one question for you. thinking about the viewers who are watching.
thinking about the people who left north carolina who left wilmington and everything behind. watching and wondering their property and homes. what is to make of those things. as the storm comes through and also for the people who are hunkered down. from what you're seeing what can you tell people about the intensity of the storm. >> one thing is so important for people to listen to, is if you listen to the evacuations and you got out, good for you. you listened to the police and authorities. as you should. just because the storm is downgraded doesn't mean the danger doesn't exist. clearly we're in hurricane conditions. you don't want to return to your home especially if you're under mandatory evacuation. don't take the downgrading lightly. stay where you are. if you are riding out the storm, stay put. ride it through. you're in it for the long hall.
take the storm seriously. >> live for us in carolina beach, north carolina. we'll stay in touch. as we continue to cover this. now let's bring in our colleague nick watt. live in north myrtle beach, south carolina. an important tourist destination for sure. costing the city a lot of money. the big thing is tell us about the situation of the storm. you're getting wind but are you getting rain? >> we had a little bit of rain earlier in the evening. and the wind as just started picking up. in the last 15, 20 minutes. we're expecting 5:00 a.m. local time for it to get strong. and the afternoon gusts of 90 miles per hour. that's around 140 kilometers adds the monster storm moves in. there are a lot of comparisons here to the last really big
storm. that hit this area. which was in 1989. hurricane hugo. 135 miles per hour winds. a deadly storm. this is going to be different. this is mainly about the water. as we have been hearing. ten trillion gallons falling in north carolina alone. the problem that i think they're going to have in this part of the state is the longer it takes for the storm to get here the more people will get complacent and think it's not a big deal. i spoke to a guy this morning after it had been downgraded to category 2. he said i was planning to evacuate. now it's a 2. no big deal. i don't need to move. the categories are just to do with the wind speed not the water. there's still all that rain up there. that has to come down. we're expecting storm surge.
i'm standing on a deck here. about 15 feet off the ground that beach the shore is about 300 feet there. we're expecting a storm surge. this house has been built on stilts. the water will flow through and into the rest of the town. there's a water way just two or three blocks in land. there is a good chance this whole little spit of land we're on could be under a few feet of water over the weekend. as we have been hearing. this will be a long hall event. this storm will slow even more as it comes over land. it will sit here and it will rain and rain and rain. most people who die in hurricanes die from water. not the wind. they die from the water and flooding and the storm surge. that is what we're looking at for here. this is normally a tourist destination. it's still tourist season. it should be warm here. they get 40 million visitors
every year. most of the people are gone. 85% of the people in north myrtle beach we're told have evacuated. some toughing it out. we wish them the best of luck. >> live for us. good to know that so many people did make the call to evacuate. we'll stay in touch with you. live in north myrtle beach, south carolina. we bring in our meteorologist. if you can tell us just the intensity of the storm. we're feeling it here in wilmington. these storm bands that are coming through the wind gusts coming and going. and the rain from what we can tell, it is substantial. >> george, if we were to come to you six hours from now, 12 hours from now. you would be saying exactly the same thing. because florence is moving so slowly. it kicked up a notch it's 6
miles per hour. it slowed down a bit. it is tapping the warm water of the atlantic and additionally we are seeing it just kind of lying right in the vicinity of where the gulf stream is. the gulf stream is the current of water that is warmer that runs towards the north. that's what we saw with hurricane hug o. it mushroomed in intensity. florence hasn't done that. this is a little tricky. the models have been spot on. yes, it's not a wind event. this is a rain. a water event. we keep saying that over and over. we have heard stories through the river basins and coast sections of north carolina that are becoming inundated. ten feet of water. that's a storm surge. there's a lot of moisture that can be tapped from the atlantic. you can see it wrapping around.
it keeps wrapping around the center of this. not a clearly defined eye. it doesn't look that impressive. but this is just going to hang around the next 24 hours. maybe down the coast. maybe headed towards south carolina. you have to remember this is the cape fear river basin. the noose river basin. all of those rivers feed into the separate rivers. where's the water going to go? it will try to go to the atlantic. it can't. there's so much water. it's getting pushed on shore. so it backs up. that's when the neighborhoods get filled up. the businesses of your friends, or yours get devastated from the flood water. it's not going to be wind. the wind is going to knock over some trees, we see some of the counties in north carolina --
between 50% and nearly 100% power outages. and those counties. if people stayed there, maybe it's weeks from now. before the power gets turned back on. this is a days long event. so we're going to be talking about the flooding rain. north carolina and south carolina. until the beginning of next week. >> we'll be on this for sometime. live for us at the cnn weather center. thank you. what you'll see here, the power will go out the power will come on. the rain will continue. the rain will stop. the wind gusts will pick up and the wind will stop. these episodes of peace and then just pure hell. peace continues on and on. and we could see this for the next several hours. let's bring in mike. with accu weather. tell us from your view, what do
you think of the storm so far in. >> luckily the storm has died down a bit in intensity as far as the wind is concerned. but it's still a sizable wind field. the storm surge is going to be devastating. luckily it looks like it won't stall out as much as the models have shown. hopefully the rainfall totals can come down. my location we're in a lull. but we have 80 to 90 miles per hour gusts in the last band. and power flickering. >> you know, our producer checked on that. 87 miles per hour. i believe. is that correct? at the airport. >> at cape lookout. around 60 miles per hour i believe at the airport. mike, we understand. these winds are coming and going but sustained right around 90 miles per hour.
according to the weather center. there around the eye wall. how long you expect for the eye wall? how long do you expect it to take before it hits land fall. >> that new convection wrapping around the west side of the eye wall is interesting. it looks like it's expanding. but there's a dry slot. it's hard to gauge. but we'll have eye wall conditions within the next hour to hour and a half. >> when you talk about that, you talk about eye wall conditions that will continue. hour after hour after hour. because we're talking about a storm that you can equate to a person walking down the street. >> not sure if we have him. are you with us by phone? we may have lost mike. he was with us with accu weather. riding the storm out here in
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welcome back to our breaking news coverage in wilmington, north carolina. i'm george howl. we're awaiting the eye wall of the storm. as it continues to track here towards wilmington, north carolina. moving at snails pace. moving six miles per hour. equal to a person walking down the street. as it does that it's dropping a great deal of rain and causing storm surge along the coastline. many hour long events as we continue to stay with you. and bring you the very latest. here's the thing, we're covering the storm right now as it's coming in. after the storm comes through, there will be an assessment of course among rescue personnel. what they need to do to go into the areas where people decided to stay to ride it out. and according to fema here's what we know. they have 1,100 rescue search
and rescue personnel in place already. some 300 ambulances already prepositioned. so they're prepared as the storm pushes through to do what's necessary to make sure people are safe to get to the people who need help. also according to the army core of engineers, very important to note they have 105 generators in position. that's important. 15 more than on the way. they are important because they're strong enough to power schools and hospitals. because the power here as the storm comes through, you may see it. the power goes in and out. again the numbers important because you get a sense officials have taken steps to prepare to preposition equipment. to make sure that they're prepared as this storm passes through. that will take several hours. possibly days. we had mike with us earlier. on the other side of the break.
let's bring him back in by phone. riding the storm out here in wilmington. i believe you are from oklahoma. but you're here in wilmington. tell us remind the viewers of what you're seeing as the storm moves? >> we have 70, 80 maybe 90 miles per hour gusts. in the rain bands. and starting to deteriorate as the eye wall starts to move in an hour and a half. it's moving really slow. it will be here for a while. the eye wall usually come cranking through and it's over with kwkly. this will be hammering us for quite a bit. the impact will be significant from the wind damage. >> it's also important to get a sense of that eye. the eye of the storm. help our viewers understand what happens when the eye passes over. everything we're peernexperienc
right now essentially stops. >> it does. there's a really strange eerie calm. and it's a clear eye you can look up and see the stars between it. sometimes in the intense hurricane you have lightning in the eye wall. and there's birds caught up in the eye wall. it's a really strange eerie feeling how quickly it goes from intense hurricane winds. and driving rain to completely still. it's kind of weird. and it always catches me off guard. weirder than i remember. >> this day as we cover the story, i think of the viewers serving and the people left. people watching this hour wondering if their property is okay. i think about the people who like you like us are hunkering down riding the storm out. listening. radio or somehow or tv. what can you tell people about the intensity of the storm as it pushes in? >> fortunately it has gone down
in intensity quite a bit over 36 hours. that will mitigate the areas earlier with extreme wind damage. nothing near what 140 miles per hour would have done. and lessen the storm surge a bit. it will be less than we expected. but we'll have a problem with the inland flooding as the storm stalls out and dumps 25 inches of rain. >> i keep reminding viewers, i want to point out the wind just stopped. the rain just stopped. so we have a moment of peace to continue the conversation. reminding viewers not to get too caught up in the category. at the same time it is significant to say, yes, mike had this been a category 3 or 4. this would be a different experience. for sure. can you tell us the situation here in wilmington. we are near the river. kind of low.
high enough that we're safe. but what is the concern about this river as the storm comes in and drops a lot of rain. and then the rain comes back downstream. >> it's a lot of water. is water is one of the most powerful forces on the planet. people don't realize it. water kills more than most other weather combined. that's a lot of forces going against each other. you have hundreds of miles of land pushing storm surge in one direction and a bunch of rainfalling trying to move out. none of it will go anywhere quickly. it will be a long trip. >> mike, we wish you safety as well. as you continue to ride the storm out. thank you. we'll stay in touch. to the viewers you're watching cnn breaking news coverage. here in wilmington. north carolina. the storm about 50 miles away the eye of the storm 50 miles away from wilmington.
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affecting the southeast part of the united states for the next several days. the storm moving about six miles per hour. you can equate that to a person walking through the park. very slow walk. this big storm is dropping a lot of rain that will cause problems for the next several days. the wind gusts right now sustained right around the eye of the storm at 90 miles per hour. the wind gusts getting up to around 120 miles per hour. according to our weather department. continuing to monitor that and storm surge is bag concern. we understand there are reports of storm surge up to nine, ten feet along the coastline. we have crews of course throughout the region monitoring that. we will cross with them throughout the night for the latest. many people decided to stay in their homes. some people who stayed in wilmington. to ride this storm out. many people from video you have heard many people got in the car and left. they left all their things behind and watching right now
hoping their property will still be there. not too much damage after this storm. we spoke with one person today, who decided to ride this storm out and many are doing this, on his boat. here's the story. >> this is my boat. and i have extra lines out as k see. as you can see. i have an anchor chain. >> reporter: the boat will rock and roll. the waters sure to rise. he's preparing for the rough ride. >> you're going it ride the storm out in here. >> snug as a bug. >> reporter: the full force of the hurricane florence pushes in to wilmington. >> i have to tell you, i have been on the boat for a few minutes. and i'm already dizzy. you're good with this? >> yes. >> reporter: inside these tight quarters. there's no place he'd rather be. because he's been through big storms here before. >> you worry about this?
>> i have a plan. i have a plan. and i have options. there will be a point where i won't have options and that time may come sometime early this morning. when the wind is very high. but i'm monitoring the conditions. so, 100 miles per hour. i don't have a problem. >> reporter: joe will be in his boat. many others decided to hunker down in homes and thousands already hit the road to escape the storm. wind speeds decreased over the past several hours but fema warns the risk remains high. >> please do not let your guard down. the storm surge forecast associated with this storm hasn't changed. it's remaining the same. >> reporter: storm surge and heavy rain with the slow moving nature of florence that will cause flooding throughout the southeast of the u.s. throughout the next several days. north carolina feeling the effects first. eye of the storm tracking
directly towards wilmington. >> we're on the wrong side of this thing. this storm will bring destruction. to north carolina. >> weather conditions will continue to deteriorate over the next several hours. come hell or high water. joe is confident on his boat. >> there's a lot of rain involved with that. so you'll have flooding in lowlands. here i am on the river. i'm already floating. as long as the dock doesn't go above the, we're safe. >> so for those of you who maybe worried about joe. don't worry too much. we have him on the phone. live in his boat. tell us about the situation. how's it feeling there, what are your thoughts? >> well, i just had a bowl of soup. which i heated on the stove. that maintains a level surface.
and earlier at 11 we had to go outside and retie up the stern of the boat. several boats down from me. there's a father and son on a boat on the opposite side. they heard it. and it was wet and windy. but easy enough to walk on the dock at this time. i don't expect it to be like this when the hurricane hits. >> i want to tell viewers here in the u.s. and around the world, your background and the experience. 40 years. on the ocean. you know a thing or two about this. and you have ridden out storms before. in your boat. tell us your thoughts about this storm. again, earlier it seemed to be stronger before it got here. it has weakened a bit. what are your thoughts about it now? >> well, i had some of my
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welcome back to viewers here in the united states and around the world. we continue to follow the breaking news this hour in wilmington, north carolina. as hurricane florence is moving every closer here to this city. that is where the eye wall is expected to make land fall in several hours to come the storm moving at about 5, 6 miles per hour. at a snails pace. it's about 50 miles from us right now. about 85 kilometers. it is coming this way. we are certainly feeling the affects. one thing we're keeping a good watch on we're near a river. you can see that there are boats behind me. we have a better shot to show you of the boats. good to keep an eye on them we have to watch the river. it's very important to see what happens with the water. so much water is coming down from the sky. along storm surge coming in from the ocean. that's going to be telling. especially over the next several days and keep in mind all the
water, upstream. has to come downstream. the rivers will be important to keep a watch on here in the next several days. a multi-day event with us. >> let's bring in my colleague. cnn correspondent. you have been following this as well throughout the day. your experience so far, what are your thoughts about the intensity of the storm? >> i can tell you that around the noon hour when we were out driving around wilmington. the only place open was waffle house. we have done reporting earlier about how seriously fema looks to waffle house and when it's limited menu and shut down. at that point it was working off limited menu. everything else was closed in town. at this point i don't know that they're open. another indicator. we saw a police car earlier here parked in this lot. that officer told us when the wind speeds got up to 75 miles per hour, they had to drive back to headquarters and hunker down. and wait for this storm to pass.
before they could come back out and help people. i don't see that officer here anymore. the wind speeds have picked up to around that level. you mention the boats back here. and folks telling us that in major hurricanes in the past the boats have come up on land. that was my concern. that's something people are watching. >> you mention waffle house. i can't think of how many chicken sandwiches i have had in the last several days. i want to get a sense from you the concern around flooding. as i mention a minute ago this will be a multi-day empbt. what are you hearing from officials about that. >> a lot of people understand the threat of storm surge on the coast and want to emphasize that in land flooding is a real issue. the fact the injuries and deaths from previous hurricanes are water related. and don't want people inland to be too complacent in the situation. right now we know we're getting
this dell yuj of 40 inches of rain. and we can see in wilmington eight months of rain? three days. imagine that water separate from what the storm surge is. >> for people watching who left. the people who are watching. worried about their property. from what you have seen driving around today and from what we're feeling with this storm. what can you tell them? just about property. is there a strong sense of flooding, the wind. what's the important factor of the storm sfwl boarding up windows and san bags. whoever put the -- i think that we are seeing decreasing wind speeds. that's probably a good thing. but the massive side of this storm and how slow it's churning is a problem. that may determine just how long this place gets drenched. and that flooding will be
depending on that. >> thank you so much for your time. we're feeling the effects here. where they're feeling it more, in carolina beach, north carolina. take it away. what are you experiencing there? >> i'm sure you're probably experiencing similar conditions. i'm a little bit closer to the coast. you have to brace yourself for the wind gusts. we haven't had the sustained winds that you can just lean into during the tropical storms and hurricanes. it's the occasional gusts just about hurricane force that really you have to prepare yourself for. if you're standing without bracing and having that position, you can fall over quite easily. that's why you see the reporters and in the field including myself doing our awkward position to hold ourself up. it's incredible what we have seen here so far. even the animals are bracing
themselves for the storm. i saw a bird literally trying to fly against the wind. there's a gust i was talking about. just incredible to see this. there's a nuclear facility about ten miles away from where we are located. and there's a a essential staff there. running the ship keeping the ship going. they have closed down the two units there. the cooling units. and obviously they're monitoring this storm with very close proximity. they need to be able to monitor every little trend and jog. every wobble the hurricane florence has been making. this has been a fickle storm. one thing is for sure, it's slowing down but it is coming towards you. and me. we'll get a land fall tonight. >> what do you think about that? >> we'll see. for sure. and you mention that one bird. i'm surprised there's a bird there. this is a bird that didn't
follow the peers. that bird should have left with the peers. >> evacuation orders. >> another question. your expertise around this storm look it's coming in we're feeling the effects. it's a multi-day event. play that for us. what we're feeling here people will experience inland. a lot of rain. >> get this, eight months worth of run in 48 hours. that's astronomical. how do you quantify that. we dream up days like that. here it is a reality for people and what they're facing in north and south carolina. it's incredible. also 48 hours of sustained tropical storm force winds. 24 hours of hurricane force winds. that's 74 miles per hour or more. there are very few structures
that really can with stand that type of wind for that long of event. that's the key here. this is the long duration storm. and people need to just be prepared for two days of bad weather. >> live for us again in carolina beach, north carolina. we'll stay in touch with you. thank you. life threatening storm surge. that is a major part of hurricane florence. as it pushes inland. we have heard reports anywhere from nine to ten feet of storm surge so far along the coastline. our tom foreman breaks it down. >> a storm surge is not one big waef. rather a bulge of water a series of waves pushed towards the shore by the winds. as they ride up on land they can do tremendous damage. two or three feet on a house
like that. more than enough to damage cars and hurt the house. talk about nine feet or more. in some places here. then you have enough water to erode the foundation. to batter the top of the house. and homes are really not meant to with stand such things. and a lot are in a danger zone. first of all many on low lying land. with creeks and rivers that will funnel the storm surge towards them. there's a shallow coastal shell. allowing a lot of momentum and ride it up on land. and lastly this is a slow moving storm. which means it will have a lot of time to push the water in that direction. who is in danger? we'll look at the map over here. every place you see color is where we expect to have some kind of flooding. the red indicates the heavier flooding. one of the rivers here the noose river to for example this town, you would see the difference. if you had a picture before and one after what we expect. this would be the difference that you would see.
bear in mind this is 60 miles as the crow flies from the coast. closer and closer to the water. another town. doesn't have as much in terms of danger spots. there too you could have areas from this to this. and it happens fast. bear in mind a cube of water just four feet on all sides. a cube this size weighs as much as an automobile. that's a tremendous amount of potential damage coming ashore. >> tom, thank you so much. we have been covering this for several hours. our correspondent there when it was peaceful and there when it's not. we'll break the storm down. as it rolled in. right after the break. stay with us.
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southeast coast of the united states. again, the storm moving at 6 miles per hour at a snail's pace. but it is on track. the eye wall here toward this city. we've had our correspondents here in the region throughout the last several days and we want to give you a snapshot of what led up to this moment. the sights and sounds of hurricane florence. >> this is just the beginning. it hasn't even gotten here yet and there's already water bottom parts of people's houses. >> whoa!
>> you have to get out because of flooding, and we don't know what the game plan is just yet. >> evacuating from the tv station. we're out here getting rained on. we'll get to dry ground at and point. >> we made it out. we hope you're safe and okay. >> god bless. >> we're watching businesses right now. i have to be careful because i'm going to be stepping up on a curb right here. you can see they have their boarded up windows, new bern strong here. we're seeing this across the entire city. unfortunately we've been able to see some of that flooding go inside of these businesses in downtown right now. >> i can tell you this car here, these people are taking a look at the storm surge. we're getting hit with another really heavy band of wind here. the rain has lightened up just slightly, but we expect that it's going to come back. >> we're seeing some of the hardest rain that we have seen all evening tonight right now. this on top of what they expect is a storm surge of about 11,
12 feet or so with the tides that come in every 12 hours. they could be looking at something like 18, 19 feet. >> we're watching very closely the river, which, you know, we're not expecting to crest until tuesday. so there's a long, you know, couple of days still to come. it's going to be miserable for a number of days for people and, you know, they've just got to buckle down and stay where they are and try to get through this as best they can. >> and here we are now, the storm moving ever closer to wilmington, north carolina. i'm george howell. our breaking coverage continues right after the break. stay with us.
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