Storm now a Category 2, still risky

Cesar Mills
September 16, 2018

That's because the weather systems that push and pull a storm disappear as Florence nears land around the border between North and SC.

Florence has the potential for 1 to 3 feet of rain in places - enough to touch off catastrophic flooding and an environmental disaster, too, if the water inundates the region's many industrial waste sites and hog manure ponds. The National Hurricane Center said it had winds of 210 kilometers (130 miles) per hour and a threat of "life-threatening storm surge and rainfall".

"This is not going to be a tropical storm ... this is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast", Jeff Byard, the associate administrator for FEMA's Office of Response and Recovery, said on Wednesday.

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North Florida is still outside the cone of forecast tracks for the center of the storm, but the size of Florence means impacts will extend to a large area of the Southeast.

- Overnight the storm shifted south.

North and SC residents are running out of time to evacuate before Hurricane Florence roars in with pounding surf and driving rain that will bring potentially deadly flooding, officials warn.

- There's a chance of tornadoes starting Thursday as the storm meanders near or over the Carolinas.

Abigail Darlington, covers the city of Charleston for the South Carolina Post and Courier.

"But does it slow down before it makes landfall?"

The winds will arrive on Thursday morning, and will pick up in intensity throughout the day.

While the nuclear facilities are created to withstand significant winds and rain, the company will shut down each plant on a case-by-case basis before sustained inland winds are greater than 73 miles per hour, Green told NGI.

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A steady stream of vehicles full of people and belongings flowed inland Tuesday, and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper tried to convince everyone to flee. During that storm, only 14 lagoons out of several thousand flooded, Curliss said. "If you are on the coast, there is still time to get out safely". "And my job is closed". Schools in 26 of the state's 46 counties were ordered closed. Emergency officials in New Hanover County, where Wilmington is located, said a 76-person urban search and rescue team will mobilize in the county on Thursday in case it needed.

Duke Energy Corp expected between 25 percent and 75 percent of its 4 million customers would lose power in the Carolinas.

The time to prepare is nearly over, he said.

Five sites slated for closing that are closest to the coast have lower water levels and "can hold significant rainfall", Erin Culbert, a spokeswoman, said in an email.

Not everyone is packing their bags.

#HurricaneFlorence is so enormous, we could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens from the @Space_Station, 400 km directly above the eye. "Play in the water, enjoy the sunshine". "We have no idea what's going to happen".

"She continued, "Of course we're anxious". "We're reinforcing environmental controls and stabilization measures at our worksites, and we will continue monitoring them closely throughout the week". "You feel like you should have already left".

The hurricane's impending landfall in North Carolina has seen panic-buying at petrol stations threatening to trigger a fuel crisis in the USA state. "I can take care of all of that", Chris Johnson told ABC News.

"It's easy to think about the roof blowing off, the windows being shattered, but there's more subtle parts of business interruption", Love said. "It's probably good for our marriage", she noted. I think it's a great compromise. "It's a big one". We can keep in touch.

"Hugo was a direct hit", he said.

At the White House, President Donald Trump urged people to "get out of its way".

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