Pence heading to Georgia ahead of Hurricane Florence

Cesar Mills
September 13, 2018

After Florence makes landfall, that ridge, now over Washington and NY, will move east - but be replaced by another one forming over the Great Lakes that will likely keep the storm stuck, McNoldy said.

As it approached dry land, the storm itself appeared to weaken from a catastrophic Category 4 to Category 2, but it is still expected bring soaring storm surges, devastating winds, and torrential rain when it reaches the shores of the Carolinas late Thursday.

Hurricane florence is the most powerful storm to emerge from the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.

"This is a real hurricane that we have coming and our goal is to protect lives and property", said Steve Goldstein, NOAA liaison to FEMA.

Although the storm has been designated Category 3 rather than 4, emergency services were warning it could hit the coast with the force of a "Mike Tyson punch."

Hurricane Florence is blasting toward the Carolinas, carrying sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour and the threat of "life-threatening storm surge and rainfall", the National Hurricane Center says.

The hurricane centre is forecasting the storm to hover near the coast Saturday with winds of around 130 km/h before landfall, but with rainfall in the 50 to 75 centimetre range and almost four metres of storm surge.

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The storm could cause a life-threatening storm surge, essentially walls of water, ahead of landfall which is why FEMA warns that Wednesday is the last feasible day to evacuate areas vulnerable to the storm.

There are concerns that it could knock out power for weeks.

South Carolina's governor ordered the state's entire coastline evacuated at noon Tuesday and predicted that 1 million people would flee as highways reverse directions. President Trump has declared an emergency in the three states and says the government is "as ready as anybody has ever been".

As Hurricane Florence hurdled towards the East Coast, its final destination remains uncertain, but North Carolinians who appear to be in the storm's path were taking few chances.

At 8:00 pm (0000 GMT), the eye of the storm was 335 miles (540 kms) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving northwest at 16 mph (26 kph).

"We have to be careful we're not asking them to come back to Beaufort County through a storm", he said.

The pivot in the forecasted track of Florence led Georgia's governor to declare a state of emergency for all 159 counties, home to 10.5 million people. For example, the seas off of Wilmington, North Carolina have risen 7.5 inches since 1935, according to NOAA.

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