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Florence Has Made Landfall

This is a second test blog post, created by Tony. Like the first post, its goal is to demonstrate the blogging features of WordPress. The following information was copied (for test purposes only) from the New York Times (2018): Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday in its brutish slow-motion collision with the Carolina coasts, with beach towns cowering under lashing rain and storm surge. Onshore wind gusts reached 90 miles an hour. At the same time, residents and emergency personnel throughout inland North and South Carolina were working under the grim assumption that the Category 1 storm’s pounding of the coastline would be only the first powerful punch in a fight that could go many rounds and last for many days. It will play out not only among stilted beach cottages and seaside resorts, but also in workaday towns and cities much farther west.

“This may be the first time we’ve experienced such a two-punch from these kind of conditions,” said South Carolina’s governor, Henry McMaster, at a news conference on Thursday, speaking about evacuations along the coast as well as the possibility of rain-triggered landslides in the mountains.  Florence is proving to be a lumbering giant, with cloud cover as large as the Carolinas themselves. If, as expected, it dawdles over the region, the storm could drop rainfall of 20, 30 or even 40 inches in some areas. Anxiety is especially high over the fate of all of that water, which will have to go somewhere.

That means a cascading series of complications for a cities like New Bern, the state’s first capital that sits at the intersection of the Neuse and Trent Rivers, and Greenville, N.C., a handsome college town of 92,000 people set on the banks of the Tar River. On Friday morning in New Bern, the heavy rains had already caused flooding on the Neuse River. Some 200 people were rescued from flood-marooned homes overnight in the city, the mayor, Dana Outlaw, said. Emergency rescue teams were trying to reach about 150 others still trapped in cars, on roofs and in their attics.

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