NWS releases preliminary reports of wind gusts, rainfall during Florence

NWS releases preliminary reports of wind gusts, rainfall during Florence
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SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - Preliminary reports issued by the National Weather Service show wind gusts reached at least 105 mph at the Wilmington airport and ranged from 43 mph to 99 mph across the region.

The eye of Florence directly struck Wrightsville Beach, early Friday. The hurricane officially hit the East Coast around 7:40 a.m. ET as a Category 1 storm.

Florence crept along the coast, dumping lost of water and lashing the area with winds.

PRELIMINARY PEAK WIND GUST TOTALS

Bladen County
Turnbull Creek 47 mph
Brunswick County
Green Swamp-Nature Conservancy 69 mph
Sunny Point Military Terminal 70 mph
Oak Island 72 mph
Caswell Beach 62 mph
Bald Head Island 66 mph
Frying Pan Shaols Buoy 83 mph
Sunset Beach Buoy 69 mph
Columbus County
Whiteville 56 mph
Soules Swamp 53 mph
Fair Bluff 43 mph
New Hanover County
Castle Hayne 73 mph
Wilmington Airport 105 mph
Kings Grant 60 mph
Wrightsville Beach Mercer Pier 86 mph
Federal Point-Weatherflow 99 mph
Pender County
Burgaw 52 mph
Currie 82 mph

The storm dumped up to 30 inches of rain in parts of Wilmington and almost 36 inches of rain in Elizabethtown. Sunset Beach probably saw the least amount of rain with a little over 10 inches.

PRELIMINARY RAINFALL TOTALS
Bladen County
Elizabethtown 35.93 
Turnbull Creek-Bladen Lakes 23.67
Cape Fear River Lock and Dam1 22.21
Brunswick County
Leland  18.96
Bolivia 2E 19.43
Green Swamp-Nature Conservancy 27.40
Sunny Point Military Terminal 27.44
Bolivia 7.8 SW 23.33
Oak Island 0.9ENE 26.98
Caswell Beach 22.57
Yaupon Beach 22.07
Sunset Beach 10.24
Bald Head Island 12.17
Columbus County
Whiteville  22.58
Whiteville 6.1 NW 25.91
Chadbourn 1.1 NNW 18.16
Whiteville 15.38
Soules Swamp 11.50
New Hanover County
Wilmington 7.3 NE 26.58
Wilmington Airport 23.02
Wilmington 3.0 SE 20.11
Wilmington 3.7 S 30.10
Pender County
Watha 17.49
Burgaw 4 E 22.06
Back Island-Holly Shelter Swamp 20.87
Hampstead 4.1 WNW 29.52

The U.S. Military says more than 12,000 troops are supporting federal, state and local response efforts in areas affected by former Hurricane Florence.

U.S. Northern Command said in a news release late Tuesday that about 5,600 personnel are active-duty and reserve forces. Another 6,800 are National Guard.

They've been using high-water vehicles and other equipment to rescue dozens of people. They've also evacuated hundreds of people from homes and buildings.

U.S. Northern Command said the troops will stay until they're no longer needed.

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