Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Hurricane Florence Zeroes In On Carolinas, Bringing 130 MPH Winds

Hurricane Florence Zeroes In On Carolinas, Bringing 130 MPH Winds

The D.C. region can expect a few inches of rain and coastal areas may experience minor flooding issues.

The NHC said the first tropical storm-force winds of at least 39 miles per hour (63 kph) would hit the region early on Thursday with the storm's centre reaching the coast Friday. This system, when it gets to the coast, is only going to be moving about three miles per hour.

US President Donald Trump has authorised emergency measures to free up federal funds to help those responding to the storm.

Privately, you may be wondering (and you wouldn't be alone): "What exactly is storm surge?".

Geography, tide-cycle and wind direction are all factors in how severe storm surge could be, Miller said.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned that "disaster is at the doorstep", and "tens of thousands" of buildings may be flooded.

Global Affairs Canada issued a statement Wednesday saying the areas to be avoided extend from Edisto Beach in SC to the North Carolina-Virginia border, including Pamlico Sound and Albemarle Sound.

"I'm not approaching Florence from fear or panic", said Brad Corpening, 35, who planned to ride out the storm in his boarded-up delicatessen in Wilmington.

Panovich: Right now it looks like landfall is going to occur sometime early Friday morning between, I would say, 4 a.m. and probably about 8 a.m., but it might actually never make it all the way in.

But his partner, Emily Whisler, said she will remain behind at the university where she is a resident in the psychiatry program. I believe in preparation, ' Wright said.

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Charleston, resident William Belli said he would not be among those joining the exodus.

Walking his dog along empty streets, Belli said he's well stocked with food and water.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster on Monday ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents.

When asked in a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Sheriff P.J. Tanner said the school district must first evaluate how many teachers and staff evacuated ahead of the order.

Major US military installments may be in the path of the Florence, including the largest Marine base at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and the world's biggest Navy base in Norfolk, Virginia.

Parts of the southeastern coast that are not under hurricane warnings are under tropical storm or storm surge warnings, meaning life-threatening floods are possible.

The rain threat remains through Saturday, and flooding can last several days.

Fort AP Hill and Fort Bragg were selected as FEMA Incident Support and Federal Staging Area to assist in the response, the army said.

A state of emergency has been declared in both North and SC.

Due to this westward shift in the storm system's path, Middle Georgia could now be effected by Florence.

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