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16 September 2018, 07:18 | Erica Roy
All four major United States airlines have said they are capping selected airfares below what last-minute tickets would cost.
"This system is unloading epic amounts of rainfall, in some places measured in feet and not inches", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news briefing.
Meanwhile, winds and rain were expected to arrive later in SC, and a few people were still walking on the sand at Myrtle Beach while North Carolina was getting pounded.
Residents of the Carolinas and neighboring states should consult local authorities for any evacuation orders and other preparation guidelines.
"Inland flooding will be a major threat and something people far from the landfall location should be concerned about", Miller said. Some 6,000 power outages had already been reported by 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT).
Hurricane Florence had yet to make landfall, but residents who evacuated Myrtle Beach earlier this week were already asking whether they can return. Florence's hurricane-force winds were blowing 80 miles (130 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds reached up to 195 miles (315 kilometers) from the eye. That said, the storm still brought powerful storm surges and unsafe flooding.
Forecasters say Florence will likely turn to the west-northwest and west and slow down its forward motion - a situation that will bring even more rainfall to the area.
Kaplan has been working with emergency managers in North Carolina and school administrators in Boston and Charlotte to coordinate the university's response.
"Hurricane Sandy was a Category 2 and it had a big impact on states up north", he said, referencing the 2012 storm that caused $70 billion in damage to Mid-Atlantic and New England states.
Duke Energy, a power company in the Carolinas, estimated that one million to three million customers could lose electricity because of the storm and that it could take weeks to restore.
Hunt also said the meals the Colgate players and staff were supposed to have on the plane won't go to waste, either. "There's nobody left to work". "The building's solid and Buddha will protect us". "Because it's Mother Nature".
"It doesn't matter how much money you have or how many generators you have if you can't get gas", she said.
"Everything is packed", Espinoza said. "Additionally, Florence's projected toll is less than Hurricane Sandy's toll of $69 billion and Katrina's cost of $161 billion", Myers said.
Near the beach in Wilmington, a Waffle House restaurant, part of a chain with a reputation for staying open during disasters, had no plans to close, even if power is lost.
This same zone will be hammered by winds gusting up to hurricane force for almost a day while tropical-storm conditions could linger twice that long.
SC ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents while North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination. Helene was weakening, however, and posed no danger to land, the NHC said, while Isaac could bring heavy rain to Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe.
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Zaytoun said he didn't leave his home because he knew he wouldn't have been able to get back to it once the flooding began. More than 300 volunteers from nine U.S. states have joined the relief effort in North Carolina, according to ABC News .
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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said the impact of the storm would be widespread, hitting the coast early Friday morning. A total of 3 storms have been spotted by the satellites as of September 13: Joyce, Isaac, and Helene.