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13 September 2018, 10:43 | Justin Tyler
Hurricane conditions will likely hit on Friday, but tropical storm conditions will arrive on Thursday, according to the hurricane center.
The Post reports that the storm could cause the sea level to rise by 9 feet at its peak and heavy winds have the potential to take down trees and damage property. Then come the torrents of rain.
It's a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm with 130 miles per hour (215 kph) maximum sustained winds.
Florence is expected to make landfall between Thursday and Friday.
If the hurricane continues in a southwesterly direction, the Georgia coastline and inland counties will experience the outer bands of the storm, meteorologists said.
While residents said they planned to stay put despite hurricane watches and warnings that include the homes of more than 5.4 million people on the East Coast, many weren't taking any chances.
"It's not looking too good right now", said Galarneau. "The term mandatory evacuation rings hollow because there's no good way to actually enforce it but if you call it something else people are not going to follow".
Beaufort County could see tropical storm winds between 30 and 40 miles per hour as early as mid-day Thursday, but the area is not likely to see any direct impacts from the storm until Friday "with the strongest winds being later Saturday and into Sunday", he said.
Hurricane Florence is packing sustained winds of 140 miles (220 km) per hour and remains an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm as it approaches the U.S. eastern coastline, specifically the Carolinas. It had been projected to shift north after making landfall.
A hurricane watch has been placed in effect for Edisto Beach South Carolina to the North Carolina-Virginia border, and a storm surge watch is in place for the same zone. The hurricane has weakened and stayed the same size throughout Wednesday, however, its total energy has increased, which would result in more storm surge for the Carolina coast.
After the storm surge comes the deluge of rain.
Experts say the lagoons should be able to handle about 3 feet of rain, but hog farmers, who have been trying to pump manure out of the ponds and spray it on fields as fertilizer, aren't convinced. The National Hurricane Center says such massive rainfall could produce "catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding". "A tremendous amount of water".
The ocean waters that Florence is travelling over are about 2.7 degrees (1.5 degrees Celsius) warmer than normal, McNoldy said.
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