North Carolinians brace for arrival of hurricane Florence

12 September 2018

Hurricane Florence howled closer to shore on Tuesday. Fierce winds and massive waves are expected to lash the coasts of North and South Carolina and Virginia. Residents prepared by boarding up their homes and stocking up on food, water and other essentials, stripping grocery store shelves of merchandise.

Wilmington residents stocked up on plywood, flashlights and other items ahead of Florence's landfall. Although Florence was still days from arrival, authorities took extraordinary measures to move people out of harm's way. More than 1 million residents have been ordered to evacuate from the coastline of the three states. Packing maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour, the storm ranked as a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale and was expected to grow stronger and larger over the next few days, the NHC said.