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Hurricane Florence: Airline change waivers now extend to D.C., Baltimore

12 September 2018, 06:25 | Justin Tyler

APPeople drive over a drawbridge in Wrightsville Beach N.C. as they evacuate the area in advance of Hurricane Florence Tuesday Sept. 11 2018

APPeople drive over a drawbridge in Wrightsville Beach N.C. as they evacuate the area in advance of Hurricane Florence Tuesday Sept. 11 2018

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Goes-East weather-monitoring satellite used its lightning mapping technology for a video showing Florence, Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene as they traveled across the Atlantic on Tuesday. Mr. Trump's declaration allows for federal assistance in hard-hit areas. It will then slow considerably while strengthening off the USA coast, and produce extremely unsafe conditions in its path.

The U.S. military faces a dual mission this week: help some of the millions of civilians in the path of Hurricane Florence and brace for what could be a devastating blow at bases on the East Coast. Some computer models suggest it could stall after making landfall, while others indicate it could roll northward to hit the Washington area Friday and linger until Sunday. "But a storm surge of 20 feet could easily wipe this island out". As Florence bounces along the southeastern coastal states, rain totals are expected to rise.

"I don't want to be an alarmist, but as we look at storms of the past, there are parts of what we see in Florence that could fall out that way", Barnes said. "If the storm turns north toward D.C., more airlines will be impacted".

The Hurricane Watch means hurricane-force winds are possible within the next 48 hours, according to the National Weather Service.

SC has already ordered the evacuation of a million people, and residents in the Outer Banks and elsewhere in North Carolina being told to go inland, ideally out of the river flood zone. In the six decades since then, many thousands of people have moved to the coast.

Also of concern are more than two dozen massive coal ash pits operated by Duke Energy, the state's primary electricity provider.

Federal lawmakers, though, are expected to stay for votes this week: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said "there are no changes to the House schedule at this time". It enables FEMA assistance for agencies and prohibits businesses from price gouging and profiteering. The rainfall may produce life-threatening flash floods.

Tropical Storm watch: North of the North Carolina/Virginia border to Cape Charles Light, Virginia and Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort.

A steady stream of vehicles full of people and belongings flowed inland as local governor Roy Cooper urged locals to flee the "monster" storm - and nuclear power plants prepare to shut down. "It's big and it's vicious".

"The atmosphere overall, before the potential landfall, certainly looks like we are going to have a very unsafe hurricane on our hands", he said.

"This is not a storm that people need to ride out", Cooper told reporters.

"It can save your life", he said.

The eye of the storm was about 575 miles miles southeast of Cape Fear, N.C., and moving west-northwest at 17 mph Wednesday with recorded maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, the NHC said.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said that Florence remained a Category 4 hurricane as of 1500 GMT packing deadly winds of 220 kilometres per hour.

Florence is the most risky of three tropical systems in the Atlantic.

"You are talking about the entire ocean level rising up as a storm of this size makes landfall", Barnes said. "If we try to leave, we'll just get stuck in the rain", she said.

Residents are asked to call 311 if they spot any clogged catch basins and call 911 to report downed power lines.

Florence could cause serious damage up the coastline, where the Navy sent almost 30 ships to sea from the port of Norfolk on Monday to get out of the way of the storm before it strikes.

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