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More than 400k evacuate SC as Florence approaches

16 September 2018, 05:36 | Justin Tyler

More than 400k evacuate SC as Florence approaches

The Latest A deadly hurricane’s long big slosh begins

Click on the videos below for a live look at the storm's impact in North and SC.

A storm surge of nine to 12 feet (2.7-3.6 meters) was expected along the North Carolina coast, Goldstein said, and some areas could receive as much as one metre (40 inches) of rain.

Calling the storm surge prediction "incredible", Graham said that because Florence will likely nudge its way onto the coast, giving its hurricane winds lots of time to force water inland, he wouldn't be surprised "to see storm surge a mile, a mile and a half inland - maybe even two miles or more, in some cases".

The National Guard is on standby in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia to deal with emergencies as they arise.

Accuweather reported that its meteorologists "believe that the hurricane will stall and meander near the Carolina coast from Thursday night to Saturday".

High tides and increasing sea levels from climate change can magnify the effects of storm surge, and surge doesn't necessarily weaken in step with wind speeds.

A man walks his dogs before Hurricane Florence comes ashore on Carolina Beach, North Carolina, U.S., September 13, 2018. Evacuations have begun for people who live in the path of the hurricane which is expected to last a few days.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 195 miles from the center.


Hurricane Florence was downgraded to Category 2 storm on Thursday, but forecasters cautioned that the mammoth storm still poses a major threat to millions of people.

At a press conference Thursday morning, officials stressed that Hurricane Florence's wind speed may have fallen, but the danger has not. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said.

"I said, 'Why get on the road like this?"

She says people often want to get outside and take pictures.

Despite all the warnings from numerous authorities, some residents say are planning to ride out the storm.

According to NHC: "A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours".

The Miami-based center says the center of Florence will approach the coasts of North and SC later today. It's expected to bring tropical storm conditions and up to 5 inches of rain across the Windward Islands, Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico.

Waves crash around the Oceana Pier as the outer edges of Hurricane Florence being to affect the coast in Atlantic Beach on Thursday. It's now predicted to make landfall near Wilmington and then head west across SC. It then will move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and eastern SC in the hurricane warning area later Thursday and Friday.



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