Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Hurricane Florence looms over East Coast — WHAT’S HAPPENING

Hurricane Florence looms over East Coast — WHAT’S HAPPENING

Those facing the most serious threat are in the Carolinas, as Category 4 Hurricane Florence barrels toward the coast, with an expected landfall Friday. It's big and vicious.

Faced with new forecasts that showed a more southerly threat, Georgia's governor joined his counterparts in Virginia and North and SC in declaring a state of emergency, and some residents who had thought they were safely out of range boarded up their homes. "The building's solid and Buddha will protect us".

An image taken by NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold of Hurricane Florence in the Atlantic Ocean, approaching the Carolinas on September 12, 2018.

While Hurricane Florence has sparked state of emergency and mass evacuation, a very unfortunate weather graphic has managed to put a smile on those preparing for the storm.

Their entire neighborhood evacuated in Wilmington, North Carolina, David and Janelle Garrigus planned to ride out Florence at their daughter's one-bedroom apartment in Charlotte. The storm is expected to bring catastrophic flooding and rain - something that might not be music to the ears of North Carolina lawmakers who banned laws based on the science of sea levels. But authorities warned it will still be an extremely unsafe hurricane.

NASA Footage Shows Strengthening Hurricane Florence From Space
Hurricane Florence, now a Category 4 storm, is a 'no-kidding nightmare, ' warns German astronaut Alexander Gerst. An astronaut aboard the space station said it was "chilling".


Businesses across the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia will likely suffer financial losses from the approaching storm, with ports closing, farmers moving their livestock and expected power outages that could last for weeks.

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

"As soon as we get any type of notice", he said, "we start contacting families".

"We're ready", Cooper said. "It's going to happen". It's a horrifying spectacle to behold, and the hurricane hasn't even struck land yet. We want to make sure everybody knows that we are out. Yesterday officials in Beaufort County, home to Hilton Head Island, held a news conference and urged people to leave voluntarily. Shelters in the city were filling and some people were being bused inland to Raleigh, even though some residents there were told they might have to evacuate. The local adult-services department and the Area Agency on Aging has been in touch with each senior facilities as well, county public information officer Kathryn Murphy said, and has helped them decide whether and how to plan for the hurricane. "But no matter how bad it's going to be, it will pass and our job will be to rebuild this community together, and that's what we're going to do".

A webcam surveying the ocean from a former Coast Guard Tower 34 miles off the coast of North Carolina.

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