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13 September 2018, 10:56 | Justin Tyler
Authorities in coastal areas that lie in the path of the massive storm are urging residents one last time to evacuate. Shelters in the city were filling and some people were being bused inland to Raleigh, even though some residents there were told they might have to evacuate because of flooding.
"Once those high winds get here.it will be very hard, if not impossible, for anybody to come rescue you if you are in harm's way in one of those zones", McMaster said at a news conference Wednesday.
Torrential rains brought about significant flooding in some areas, with the rains expected to continue over Oahu through Thursday.
Officials said traffic was moving well Wednesday though there have been two minor accidents in lanes where cars were traveling in the opposite direction from normal. Again, the category may have been downgraded, but the storm surge could still rise up to 13 feet, which is enough to flood homes up to the first floor ceiling.
"We hope to have something left when we get home", she said. You never know. But we know.
"So if you're in trouble, you're on your own", Hill added.
Residents in hurricane evacuation zones had until noon Tuesday to evacuate.
"This morning I drove around for an hour looking for gas in Cary".
Michael Walden, an economist at North Carolina State University, calculates that Florence will deduct about $200 million of output a day from North Carolina's $550 billion-a-year economy until business returns to something close to normal. "If you are on the coast, there is still time to get out safely". "There are kinks in the chain and that causes stations in the meantime to go dry".
NHC noted s Storm Surge Warning is in effect for South Santee River, South Carolina to Duck, North Carolina and for the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, including the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers. Home Depot and Lowe's activated emergency response centers and sent in around 1,100 trucks to get generators, trash bags and bottled water to stores before and after the storm.
"Unfortunately, this is bad timing that Florence is happening at the same time these systems are fighting with each other", said Rosimar Ríos-Berríos, a research meteorologist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo.
The U.S. Naval Forces North Command also has deployed ships off the S.C. coast once the storm passes for recovery and rescue efforts, should support be needed, said Lt. Cmdr.
Spokesman Howard Fowler said restoration could take "weeks instead of days", even though 20,000 workers, including crews from outside the area, were standing by. "I've got four cats inside the house".
Even with some weakening that is predicted just before it makes landfall, the storm "is expected to remain a unsafe major hurricane as it approaches the coastline", the hurricane center said.
"It's going to be bad", said Woody White, a county commissioner.
Some airports are already closed, others may cease operations Thursday, and American and other airlines are moving their planes to higher and drier ground.
"Rather than a very narrow and intense band of winds, the winds are slightly weaker - but [they] cover a much larger area", NHC senior hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart said on Wednesday. Combined, North and SC boast an economy bigger than Saudi Arabia's. Airlines canceled almost 1,000 flights and counting.
Next week, when Florence has finally passed the Carolinas and moved into the Ohio Valley, the rain will have been the big story. "You just have a wetter atmosphere and that means more rain".
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