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Carolinas brace for the worst as monstrous Hurricane Florence nears

Hurricanes Florence Isaac and Helene moving through the Atlantic Hurricanes Florence Isaac and Helene moving through the Atlantic
Derrick Tucker | 15 September, 2018, 09:31

Aside from the storm surge and coastal flooding, expect colossal freshwater flooding as well.

Although Florence was still days from arrival, authorities took extraordinary measures to move people out of harm's way. Nineteen people died in North Carolina.

Coastal North Carolina felt the first bite of Hurricane Florence on Thursday as winds began to rise, a prelude to the slow-moving tempest that forecasters warned would cause catastrophic flooding across a wide swath of the us southeast. It says total rainfall could reach 30 inches in some places, prompting life-threatening flash flooding from SC to Northern Virginia.

Liz Browning Fox was planning to ride out the storm nevertheless on the Outer Banks.

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.

If Florence stalls rain and flooding could be our biggest issues.

To hasten evacuations from coastal SC, officials reversed the flow of traffic on some highways so all major roads led away from shore.

"It's going to be inconvenient but we don't want to risk one SC life in this hurricane", said Gov. Henry McMaster. "A lot of local people are staying", she said of the island, which is reachable only by ferry or plane. The storm is set to bring heavy rains and damaging winds, particularly in areas along the Atlantic coast, and will be the most intense during the overnight hours of September 14.

But no matter where the monster storm ultimately crosses the southern East Coast of the US, Florence's high winds and heavy rains will hit communities for miles north, south - and even west.

"Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles (65 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles (240 km)".

If Florence makes landfall as a Category 4 in North Carolina, it would be the strongest storm to come ashore that far north on record.

'We have guard members preparing throughout the state, ready to meet the requests from our partnered agencies and emergency managers, ' said Army Maj. Gen.

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Power companies warned residents may be without power for days or weeks.

Utilities deployed crews and gear in advance, with workers en route to the region from at least 15 states, according to trade group, the Edison Electric Institute.

"A storm like this typically causes an increase in fuel purchases in the market and a slowdown in retail demand".

"In my area, we flooded in 2015". Tropical storm force winds have sustained speeds of at least 39 miles per hour. He and his new bride had been to a roller skating rink and missed the evacuation warnings from police officers who went door to door. A hospital in Hampton, Virginia, was transferring patients to safer places.

Florence is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

Asked what lessons were learned from the storm that hit Puerto Rico a year ago, the president said the federal response in Puerto Rico was "incredibly successful".

The storm forced people to cut their vacations short along the coast. All three states have already declared states of emergency and 1.5 million people have been told to evacuate.

Isolated tornadoes are also possible Thursday and Friday. Get to the grocery store.

As of Tuesday morning, Hurricane Florence is still a Category 4, but Gentry said the rain total prediction has changed to three to six inches. "What is flooding going to do to our home, our city?"

Where the storm makes landfall has implications for where the strongest winds and biggest rise in water at the coast occurs, but strong winds and extreme rainfall could occur at great distances from the landfall location.

"We are bracing for a hard hit", he said.

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