Hurricane Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks, as the hulking storm closed in with 100 miles per hour (155 kph) winds for a drenching siege that could last all weekend.
At least 88,000 people were without power in North Carolina with the brunt of the storm yet to come, according to the state's emergency management agency.
Local utility crews are traveling east to the North Carolina coast to help with restoration efforts in preparation for large numbers of power outages caused by Hurricane Florence.
Florence is expected to make landfall about 8 a.m. Friday, then stall over the Wilmington region, dumping up to 35 inches of rain and prompting worry of "extreme" flash flooding.
The outer bands of Hurricane Florence reached North Carolina Thursday as officials continued to warn of the damaging nature of the monster Category 2 storm. The storm was a risky Category 4 hurricane Wednesday but has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm Thursday. More flights were expected to be grounded and more airports were preparing to shut down operations as the storm moves inland.
People fleeing coastal North and SC clogged highways as Florence bore down for a direct hit in the low-lying region dense with beachfront vacation homes. People in the Carolinas had the daytime hours Thursday to complete their final preparations to ride out or escape the storm.
Oddly, the closer Hurricane Florence gets to land, the murkier its future gets. Heavy rains were forecast to extend into the Appalachian mountains, affecting parts of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia.
Forecasts generally project Florence to make landfall in southeastern North Carolina on Friday as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane.
By the time it leaves, it's expected to have unloaded 10 trillion gallons of rainfall in North Carolina, weather.us meteorologist Ryan Maue said.
This satellite image of Florence hurtling towards the east coast on Wednesday gives a sense of its massive scale.
Because the storm was so strong earlier in the week, it built up a wall of water which will push inland as the storm surge.
Brock, meanwhile, said the surges "are going to be a major problem way up into the streams and tributaries that come out of sound areas". He asked citizens in danger zones to heed warnings because "your time is running out". "Inland flooding kills a lot of people".
If you want a 2018 iPhone (and not the iPhone 8 , 8 Plus or iPhone 7 ), you can keep a little more money in the bank. People storing albums upon albums of home movies will prefer the 512GB option that the iPhone XS and XS Max offer .
But it said such programmes require sufficient oversight to keep the surveillance to what is "necessary in a democratic society". The challenge was instigated following the revelations from United States whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
The coalition posted a searchable map linking users to stories from farmers and businesses saying they're harmed by tariffs. A series of companies want President Trump to know that tariffs are hurting USA industries.
She believes her home, built in 2009, will be secure, but it's hard to foresee all potential hazards. Lanes will be reversed on four highways, including USA 501, starting at noon Tuesday, McMaster said.
The office of Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland confirmed that she would be meeting with U.S. Dairy trade is one of the final sticking points as part of the NAFTA talks between the USA and Canada.
As well as making a previously back-breaking 5.3g cable a feather-light 4.9g, Google has managed to improve its performance too. Since ditching the port on the Pixel 2 , Google has been selling its own USB-C to 3.5mm adapter on its online store .
US crude inventories fell by 5.3 million barrels in the last week, the US Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday. Benchmark Brent crude futures rose 47 cents to $79.53 a barrel, by 1649 (GMT).
Rose, who overtook Dustin Johnson , joins Nick Faldo, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald as the only Englishmen to reach No. 1. Only the top 30 advance to the Tour Championship, marking the first time Spieth has missed the event since turning pro.
Loftus-Cheek's next opportunity to impress could come on Saturday as the Premier League resumes following the worldwide break. That (a possible move) is in the future and we will deal with that when it comes".
A company representative, Catherine Gao, later said that the chain was cooperating with the authorities. An inspection was immediately undertaken at the restaurant, but there was reportedly no trace of rats.
Apple iPhone XR - Hands On
Are people mad about it? Apple's special media event is now in the books and, per usual, there's a whole lot to pore over. If you want to connect your wired headphones to your shiny new iPhone, you'll now need to pay £9 for a headphone adapter.
SC coastline battered as Hurricane Florence lands
As of Thursday, all flights to Charleston and Raleigh, North Carolina, have been canceled out of Miami International Airport. Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Twitter appalled by Erik Karlsson trade
Nine years ago on September 12, 2009, the Senators dealt winger Dany Heatley to the Sharks on the first day of camp. Lee, who was also GM of the Senators' AHL affiliate, resigned from both jobs with the organization last month.
Jaguars' Leonard Fournette to miss practice Thursday
Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone says the team continues to plan to take Fournette and his injury day by day. So, it's going to be a great environment for football - 4:30 game, so everyone's going to be watching.
Flu vaccine remains a shot in the dark
The vaccine will be matched to four strains this year, including H3N2 (the dominant strain last year). The CDC says about 80 percent of those children did not get the vaccination.
Hurricane Florence threatens millions on US East Coast
At 2 a.m., the storm was centered 625 miles (1,005 km) southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving at 17 mph (28 kph). A risky storm surge will come before the massive storm makes landfall late Friday or early Saturday.
Westminster terror attack was ’82 seconds of terrible drama’
He said: 'His courageous actions that day did not surprise me. "It is my belief that Masood acted alone", he told the court. She added: "No words will bring Kurt back or anyone else who has died senselessly in such cowardly attacks on humanity".
Sombra Demon Hunter skin announced for BlizzCon 2018
Admittedly, we don't know exactly when the new skin will arrive there, but I don't think it will take Blizzard all that long. An Overwatch player on Reddit spotted the skin in-game and took a bunch of screenshots showing off the Demon Hunter skin.