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Florence Moves Toward the Carolinas

12 September 2018, 11:59 | Justin Tyler

Florence Moves Toward the Carolinas

Franks Ice Company unloads another pallet of ice as people buy supplies at The Home Depot on Monday Sept. 10 2018 in Wilmington N.C

This system, when it gets to the coast, is only going to be moving about three miles per hour.

Forecasts showed the storm lingering near the coast of the Carolinas, carrying days of heavy rains that could bring intense inland flooding from SC to Virginia.

Several inches of rain will fall across the state.

More than a million people are expected to flee low-lying areas, as SC and Virginia ordered mandatory evacuations of coastal areas starting on Tuesday.

The National Hurricane Center expects Florence's rainfall totals to be around 40 to 60 centimeters, with some areas receiving as much as 90 centimeters of rain.

North and SC and Virginia declared emergencies earlier in the week.

"If you're in an evacuation area, your window is closing to leave", the Newport/Morehead office tweeted Wednesday morning.

Once the storm makes landfall, the threats are far from over.

Packing winds of up to 220 km/h (140 mph) late Monday, Florence was expected to further strengthen and become "an extremely risky major hurricane" by the time in makes landfall in the Carolinas on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in a 21:00 UTC update.


The National Hurricane Centre said it was a potentially catastrophic Category-4 storm, but was expected to keep drawing energy from the warm water and intensify to near Category 5, which means winds of 157 miles per hour or higher.

"This storm is a monster".

US President Donald Trump said the "storm looks very bad" and urged people to take precautions.

With the change in the forecast, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal issued an emergency declaration for the entire state to ease regulations on trucks hauling gasoline and relief supplies, and asked people to pray for those in Florence's path.

In neighboring Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan said his state was readying for potentially "historic and catastrophic rainfall, life-threatening flooding, and high winds". "It's a big one", he said. "The waves and wind this storm may bring is nothing like you've ever seen".

Some 38cm (15in) to 64cm (25in) of rain is forecast in some areas - with up to one metre (40in) at the centre of the storm.

The longer the storm stalls near the coast, the more precipitation it will be able to pull from the Atlantic and dump inland.

More than 5.4 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches on the US East Coast, according to the NWS, and another four million people were under a tropical storm watch.



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