Residents told to 'get out now' as Florence takes aim at Carolinas

Terry Joseph
October 10, 2018

The storm is expected to approach the coast, between SC and North Carolina on Friday, where the force of the hurricane winds will be felt before it makes landfall on Saturday between Myrtle Beach and Wilmington with a swell that will reach more than 10 feet tall, as reported by the National Hurricane Center.

It was located 925 kms east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and moving at 28 kph in a west-northwest direction. Its maximum sustained winds are expected to top 145 miles per hour before it loses some steam near the coast.

Hurricane conditions will likely hit on Friday, but tropical storm conditions will arrive on Thursday, the hurricane center said.

"Hurricane Florence is the strongest storm to target the Carolinas and this part of our country in decades", Byard said.

To hasten evacuations from coastal SC, officials switched traffic patterns so that all major roads led away from shore.

"Later in the period, the dynamical model spread increases but most of the guidance has continued its southward shift, and now take Florence southwestward near the coast of SC by day 4", the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday.

Updated NHC forecasts showed the storm lingering near the coast, bringing days of heavy rains that could bring intense inland flooding from SC, where some areas could see as much as 40 inches (1m) of rain, to Virginia. US President Donald Trump on Twitter warned of the storm's dangers and praised his administration's handling of past hurricanes, rejecting criticism for its response to Hurricane Maria a year ago in Puerto Rico.

More than 1 million people have been ordered to evacuate.

The NHC said Florence's official track forecast could be adjusted further south soon, reflecting increasing pressure from this ridge pushing the storm more toward SC and Georgia.

"This system is unloading epic amounts of rainfall, in some places measured in feet and not inches", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news briefing.

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Some 7,000 guard members are ready to mobilize in North Carolina, while 1,100 will be activated in SC.

The American Red Cross said more than 700 workers were headed to the region while shelters were set up to house those unable to flee.

The hurricane, which originated in the ocean off the west coast of Africa, is now being called a Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Hurricane Florence is expected to hit the Carolinas hard.

As of Tuesday, more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.

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

Florence is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 20 to 30 inches along the North Carolina coast - and possibly 40 inches in some spots.

The tropical storm-force winds extend 280 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, which is far enough to reach from Boston to Philadelphia.

"This storm is going to be a direct hit", he added. "We are ready for the big one that is coming!" Rivers will continue to rise days after the rain has stopped, he said.

President Trump says the Federal Emergency Management Agency and first responders are poised to help - but he also warned people to get out of the storm's path. The size of the storm and its expected staying power will make life tough for anyone who decides to try to ride it out (which is not a good idea).

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