Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Florence Moves Toward the Carolinas

Florence Moves Toward the Carolinas

As Hurricane Florence churned toward an eventual Eastern Seaboard landfall, more than 1 million people were ordered to evacuate their homes along the USA south-east coast on Tuesday.

"Life-threatening freshwater flooding is likely from a prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall event, which may extend inland over the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic for hundreds of miles as Florence is expected to slow down as it approaches the coast and moves inland", the NHC warned. Florence doubled its wind speed from Sunday to Monday, and the National Hurricane Center expects the storm to strengthen again on Tuesday. Once Florence pushes over land, the winds will rapidly decrease below hurricane force by Friday night and below tropical storm force over the weekend.

Life-threatening storm surges along portions of the coastlines of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

- Residents and visitors on South Carolina's coast are ordered to evacuate beginning at noon on Tuesday.

North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia have declared states of emergency ahead of the storm.

The hurricane is projected to make a direct hit on the East Coast, somewhere along the coast of North Carolina, South Carolina or Virginia.

Asked to respond to South Carolinians who say he issued evacuation orders prematurely, McMaster said: "This is a very unsafe hurricane, and we do not want to gamble with a single life of a single South Carolinian".

The 15-day emergency signed by Bowser noted that Florence was "forecasted to produce high winds, rainfall and storm surge" with "serious widespread effects in the region".

Several spots in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast had one of their wettest summers on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Tropical storm Florence likely to become a hurricane, forecasters say
And it would be the first major hurricane (Category 3 or higher) to hit the East Coast since Jeanne, which struck Florida in 2004. Two more storms named Helene and Isaac are following behind Florence, according to Fox , but are expected to be less threatening.

"If they're caught in a major flood, then it often times is much more catastrophic in terms of loss of life and damage to properties, buildings and other things", he said.

US President Donald Trump said the "storm looks very bad" and urged people to take precautions.

It is now moving west-northwest at about 15 miles per hour and that speed is expected to increase in the next few days, says the center.

The storm is expected to threaten the Carolinas and Virginia.

Forecasts call for the system to stall over the state and drench it for days, leading to extensive power outages and flooding.

Eighty-three members of the NYPD and FDNY and six canines were deployed to Kinston, North Carolina, from the NYC Emergency Management warehouse in Brooklyn on Tuesday.

"We do not want to risk one SC life in this hurricane", the governor told reporters.

Hurricane Hunter and aerospace engineer Nick Underwood captured the incredible video footage from inside Florence's eye, aboard the Lockheed WP-3D aircraft known as Kermit.

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