Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

FLORENCE: Landfall expected Friday morning, inland flooding a threat

FLORENCE: Landfall expected Friday morning, inland flooding a threat

What also makes this hurricane extremely risky are the deadly storm surges, mammoth coastal flooding and historic rainfall expected far inland.

A turn toward the west-northwest and west at a slow forward speed is expected through Friday, followed by a slow west-southwestward motion Friday night and Saturday.

Hurricane Florence crashed into the Carolinas as a giant, slow-moving storm on Friday, threatening catastrophic flooding while leaving scores in need of rescue from rising waters and hundreds of thousands without power.

Southwest Virginia, West Virginia, the Ohio River Valley, and western and central Pennsylvania all have a chance of rain from Florence's remnants on Monday and Tuesday that could lead to flash flooding, depending on where the heaviest rainfall rates develop. "If you are heading out, be careful", said WRAL Brian Shrader.

The Miami-based center said in an update at 11 p.m. that the storm's eye was about 50 miles south of Morehead, City, North Carolina.

In all, an estimated 10 million people live in areas expected to be placed under a hurricane or storm advisory, according to the U.S. Weather Prediction Center.

Just as Hurricane Florence closes in on the Southeast, the area covered by hurricane-force winds has doubled - meaning far more people will get blasted with winds 74 miles per hour or greater.

Hurricane Florence, now a Category 2 storm, is slowly approaching the US coast, and the storm's massive fury is on full display in video footage taken from the International Space Station. "Dont play games with it".

Masters said there's a tug-of-war between two clear-skies high-pressure systems - one off the coast and one over MI.

Hurricane Florence is closing in on the Carolinas Thursday morning as more than 10 million people brace for the worst. Airlines canceled almost 1,000 flights and counting. The shopping list for people who have made a decision to ride out the storm at home: plywood to board up their windows, sandbags, bilge pumps, generators, trash bags, potato chips, bottled water and wine. The two hardware chains said they sent in a total of around 1100 trucks.

Duke Energy, the nations No. 2 power company, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks.

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But Jeremy Tominack said he stayed so he could keep an eye on his home and help his fellow Wilmington residents after the storm passes.

A hurricane warning is in effect for a big chunk of the Carolina coast, from the South Santee River below Myrtle Beach, S.C., to Duck, N.C. - part of the Outer Banks.

"In 12 or 18 hours, they may be saying different things all over again", he said.

Added Chris: "I think with what we know right now [with the storm track] this is the best decision for us". Nathan Deal declared an emergency but did not immediately order any evacuations.

"I'm not approaching Florence from fear or panic", he said.

In Virginia, where about 245,000 residents were ordered to evacuate low-lying areas, officials urged them to stay in safer locations despite forecast changes showing Florences path largely missing the state.

Vickie Grate, left, waits in a shelter with her son Chris, center, and his girlfriend Sarah, who only gave their first names, for Hurricane Florence to pass after evacuating from their nearby homes, in Conway, South Carolina, Wednesday, September 12, 2018. There is a chance some of that tropical rainfall could pass through portions of the Northeast next Tuesday or Wednesday before we can finally say good riddance to Florence for good.

All four major USA airlines have said they are capping selected airfares below what last-minute tickets would cost. Three other Southern raceways also opened campgrounds to evacuees.

Officials found a basketball-sized hole in the hotel wall and other life-threatening damage, with some cinder blocks crumbling and parts of the roof collapsing.

At least 88,000 people were without power in North Carolina with the brunt of the storm yet to come, according to the state's emergency management agency. Today the threat becomes a reality, " he said. "Also, a little creepy". And if we feel the need to leave we'll go.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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