As Hurricane Florence bears down on East Coast, Texas faces flooding from Gulf Coast disturbance

As Hurricane Florence bears down on East Coast, Texas faces flooding from Gulf Coast disturbance

Hurricane Florence is smashing the East Coast with near 100-mph sustained winds and storm surges on the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina. But as everybody looks east, Texans should also look south. Heavy rainfall, floods and gusty winds are expected across portions of Texas on Friday and Saturday thanks to an atmospheric event in the Gulf of Mexico. The tropical disturbance is located 150 to 200 miles southeast of Texas and could become…

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Richland, Lexington counties issued storm watches as hurricane closes in on landfall

Richland, Lexington counties issued storm watches as hurricane closes in on landfall

The 11 p.m. update on Hurricane Florence has placed most Midlands counties under a storm watch or warning, including Richland and Lexington counties, according to the National Weather Service in Columbia. Both a tropical storm watch and a flash flood watch have been issued for Richland County and Lexington County, among many others in the area. That’s because Hurricane Florence, now a Category 1 storm with 90 mph winds, is expected to move very slowly…

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10 years after Ike, where Galveston stands

10 years after Ike, where Galveston stands

GALVESTON, Texas – On September 13, 2008 Hurricane Ike made landfall near Galveston as a Category 2. According to the National Weather Service, sustained winds ranged from 95-105 miles per hour. While the storm was only a Cat 2, the storm surge was catastrophic, inundating communities from the Bolivar Peninsula to Galveston Island. Georgia and Oscar Barbin remember Ike quite well. They chose to stay in Galveston when Ike’s eye crossed over. “That was the freaky part,” said…

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The calm behind the scenes: TV weather team readies for Hurricane Florence

The calm behind the scenes: TV weather team readies for Hurricane Florence

For seasoned meteorologists, there’s calm before, during and after the storm. Even when the storm is a major hurricane heading their way. As the ABC11 weather team got ready to begin wall-to-wall coverage of the approaching Hurricane Florence Thursday afternoon, you might not guess it was anything other than a normal weekday afternoon. In a scene likely played out in competing newsrooms across the Triangle, the WTVD meteorologists chatted casually about graphics for their reports,…

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Hurricane Florence: More than 166,000 in North Carolina without power

Hurricane Florence: More than 166,000 in North Carolina without power

Thousands are without power in North Carolina as the outer bands of Hurricane Florence have reached the coast.As of 12:10 a.m. Friday, 166,065 people were without power. VIEW THE OUTAGE MAP BELOW. More outage information here Most of the outages are in Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Pamlico, Pender and Onslow counties near the coast. WATCH: Useful tips if you lose power/Si no tiene electricidad después de una tormenta Florence is expected to make landfall…

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Protecting animals during a hurricane

Protecting animals during a hurricane

CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) – As people evacuate from the NC coast, animals are too.  Families and rescue groups are bringing their animals with them as they flee to safer locations ahead of Hurricane Florence. Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, a non-profit animal group that takes in wildlife, is receiving car and truck loads of animals looking for a temporary place to stay.  As of Thursday night, the facility had received 70 animals. “Sometimes it’s easier to get…

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Lineman head to NC to help ahead of Florence

Lineman head to NC to help ahead of Florence

CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) – Duke Energy says it has the largest force they’ve ever had in place right now to respond to the storm.20,000 workers are on standby now, many from other states, ready to help get the lights back on. “Help has arrived, help is here,” said lineman Abel Hernandez from Florida Power and Light. He drove up from Miami to help Duke Energy crews ahead of Hurricane Florence.  He says being…

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Storm surge from Hurricane Florence floods New Bern, North Carolina

Storm surge from Hurricane Florence floods New Bern, North Carolina

Storm surge from Hurricane Florence floods New Bern, North Carolina Sep 14, 2018 A storm surge from Hurricane Florence caused the Neuse River to overflow its banks and flooded parts of New Bern, North Carolina, on September 14. Wind, rain and waves from the Category 2 storm began to lash the North Carolina coastline on Thursday. By

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LIVE VIDEO: Hurricane Florence coverage tracks path through North Carolina

LIVE VIDEO: Hurricane Florence coverage tracks path through North Carolina

Hurricane Florence weakened to a Category 1 hurricane with maximum 90 mph winds late Thursday night as the still-dangerous storm battered the Carolina coast, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks. The slow-moving system is moving northwest at 6 mph, drenching coastal areas with heavy rain. ABC11 is providing live, nonstop coverage of Hurricane Florence. For regular programming go to 11.2. Click here for how to find 11.2 Scroll…

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USAA sends catastrophe response team to East Coast to help members affected by Hurricane Florence

USAA sends catastrophe response team to East Coast to help members affected by Hurricane Florence

SAN ANTONIO – USAA’s catastrophe response team was deployed to safe zones near the East Coast to help its members impacted by Hurricane Florence. “We will be inspecting losses the day after the storm clears through,” said Elizabeth Gulick, USAA’s vice president of catastrophe. Eight hundred employees and four mobile units are standing by to aid those affected by the Category 2 storm. Their mission will be helping millions of USAA members file claims and…

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TXDOT crews head to South Texas ahead of storm

TXDOT crews head to South Texas ahead of storm

The twelve TX DOT employees in a caravan of heavy equipment rolled out of South Austin Thursday morning. They’re were heading for a staging area in San Antonio. Once there, the team will wait for the storm that’s been churning in the gulf for the past several days. “What we want to do is get ahead of this, in case it grows and becomes more stable and provides a more powerful punch for the gulf coast….

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Radar indicates 6 tornadoes in eastern NC as Hurricane Florence nears East Coast

Radar indicates 6 tornadoes in eastern NC as Hurricane Florence nears East Coast

Radar has shown a half-dozen tornadoes in eastern and southeastern North Carolina, the National Weather Service reported. Much of the Carolinas coast has been under a daylong tornado watch. Tornadoes can form in thunderstorms embedded within a Hurricane, according the National Hurricane Center. “Almost all tropical cyclones making landfall in the United States spawn at least one tornado, provided enough of the tropical cyclones circulation moves over land,” a report by the National Oceanic and…

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Closing in on landfall in Carolinas, Hurricane Florence weakens to Category 1 storm

Closing in on landfall in Carolinas, Hurricane Florence weakens to Category 1 storm

This story was updated at 1:15 a.m. ET It looks like Hurricane Florence is settling in for a longer-than-expected stay on the Carolinas coast. As of the 11 p.m. ET update from the National Hurricane Center, Florence’s winds have slowed, bringing it down to a Category 1 hurricane. Its maximum sustained winds were recorded at 90 mph. In spite of that reduced strength, Florence is still considered a “life-threatening storm,” by the NHC. Florence is…

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