Hurricane Florence path latest: EMPTY SHELVES as East Coast residents desperately prepare

Cesar Mills
September 16, 2018

The outer bands of Hurricane Florence drenched the Carolinas on Thursday, flooding roads, gorging rivers and knocking out power in an ominous glimpse of the damage the storm could inflict when it makes landfall on Friday with millions of people in its path.

"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.

NOAA's advisory also states that the southeastern and mid-Atlantic states should monitor the progress of Hurricane Florence closely.

Abrams says he expects Hurricane Florence to bring 10 to 20 inches of rain in most places and that the Carolinas can expect extensive flooding.

"But looking back at the forecast tracks for Hurricane Florence from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and the ensemble members of the leading global forecast models a couple of days ago, what stood out was how relatively straightforward they were", RMS said. Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind does.

The National Hurricane Center noted the following at 11 a.m.: "Florence is moving toward the northwest near 10 miles per hour (17 km/h)".

As of 11am local time, Florence was centred about 145 miles south east of Wilmington and its forward movement slowed to 10mph. The storm is expected to turn west and then north moving through the Carolinas and the Ohio Valley by Monday, the NHC said early on Saturday. Hurricane-force winds extended 130km from its centre, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 315km.

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Calls for help kept coming in as the wind picked up and the tide arrived, said city public information officer Colleen Roberts. But Florence's forward movement had slowed to a crawl, and it piled on the rain in a siege that could go on all weekend long.

NOAA also has a collection of live feeds, which include Buxton in North Carolina, and Cherry Beach and Folly Beach in SC.

Senior hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart warns that Florence being a slow hurricane could mean three to four hours of battering, beach-eroding winds for some areas. Hundreds of thousands of people have already evacuated.

"Do not focus on the wind speed category of #Hurricane #Florence!" the National Hurricane Center said Thursday morning. But the danger comes not so much from the wind as from the storm surges, which could raise the sea level to 4 meters in some points and flood the coast.

The storm surge - often the most perilous risk to life posed by any hurricane - is expected to inundate areas along the coast with saltwater that's 9-13 feet deep, from Cape Fear, N.C., to Cape Lookout, N.C.

The latest rainfall projections warn of 20-40 inches of rain from coastal North Carolina into northeastern SC - amounts that could bring "catastrophic flash flooding", the hurricane center said.

Florence officially weakened to a tropical storm on Friday afternoon and is expected to continue to weaken as it moves inland during the weekend. That forecast area also includes part of southwest Virginia.

Florence's hurricane-force winds were blowing 80 miles (130 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds reached up to 195 miles (315 kilometers) from the eye.

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