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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
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".
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Long cautioned coastal residents via Twitter of storm surges up to 12ft - "rapid rise of water that is overwhelming and deadly". The storm was around 400 miles south of Bermuda on Tuesday afternoon and is trudging towards the east coast at 16mph.
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