Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Hurricane Florence closes in on Carolinas

Hurricane Florence closes in on Carolinas

Reacting to the possibility of a more southerly track, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared an emergency but did not immediately order any evacuations. We will have tropical storm force winds and rain and storm surge continues to be our main concern with extreme flooding.

The outer bands of Hurricane Florence have reached Wilmington, with weather officials saying the storm will bring unprecedented rain to the region.

The bad news? The still-dangerous storm is slowing down ... and is expected to take a leisurely "fish hook" dip through SC after coming ashore somewhere between Carolina Beach, N.C. and Emerald Isle, N.C. sometime around 2:00 a.m. EDT. Tropical storm-force winds extend outward for up to 195 miles. The hurricane is now centered about 220 miles (354km) east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and 170 miles to the south-east of Wilmington, North Carolina.

A slow motion across portions of eastern SC is forecast Friday night through Saturday night.Data from the aircraft and Doppler weather radars indicate that maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 105 miles per hour with higher gusts.

"This rainfall will produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", the briefing said.

"It doesn't matter where you are", he said.

The images, captured from249 miles above the storm, captured Florence as it draws close to North Carolina's coast.

More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters.

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Speaking to reporters Wednesday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said Florence is a monster of a storm, adding, they are hoping for the best yet preparing for the worst.

Hurricane Florence is expected to pack a potentially life-threatening punch as it continues its path toward the United States east coast.

The National Weather Service dubbed Florence "the storm of a lifetime". "Significant river flooding is expected as a result of excessive rainfall across area hydrologic basins".

"We're a little anxious about the storm surge so we came down to see what the river is doing now", said Linda Smith, 67, a retired non-profit director.

"This is a life-threatening situation". "The combination of a unsafe storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline".

Cooper said Thursday evening that he has asked Trump for an enhanced disaster declaration for the state to expedite more federal resources. On Thursday morning, South 17th Street, usually teeming with commuter traffic by 6:30 a.m., was almost devoid of cars.

The company said as many as three-fourths of its 4 million customers in North Carolina and SC could lose power.

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