But here's a look at some figures so far from the Associated Press.
"Maybe the communities of color that are expected to feel the greatest burden of a disaster like this don't have time to have a conversation like this with the media because they're fighting for their lives, they're fighting for their very survival", she said.
USA correspondent Cordelia Lynch, who is in New Bern, said: "This community in the weeks and months to come is up against a great deal of flooding".
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The Philippines tends to get hit almost every year, the Carolinas far less frequently though with lots of close calls, Maue said. One team of scientists tried to do a similar analysis for Florence, but outside experts were wary because it was based on forecasts, not observations, and did not use enough computer simulations. They cite basic physics, the most recent research about storms and past attribution studies and put them together for something like Florence.
In an update published at 5:33 a.m. ET on Saturday, the agency said that the storm is now striking SC and has a path through the in-land charted for the next few days. "And we don't need an attribution study to tell us that in my view". As of Saturday night, at least 11 deaths had been linked to the storm. He said the gust was the strongest recorded in Wilmington since 1958.
Several factors make scientists more confident in pointing the climate-change finger at Florence. Mangkhut's tropical storm force winds stretched more than 325 miles from the center, while Florence's spread about 195 miles, Klotzbach said.
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The governor said half a million people in North Carolina were without power and the Neuse River had seen storm surge as high as 10 feet.
"The only difference is, back then it was within 14 days", he said. The islands are experiencing some of the fastest rates of sea level rise in the world, almost an inch a year.
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Forecasters said that given the storm's size and sluggish track, it could cause epic damage akin to what the Houston area saw during Hurricane Harvey just over a year ago, with floodwaters swamping homes and businesses and washing over industrial waste sites and hog-manure ponds.
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