Hurricane Florence: 'We are planning for devastation'

Hurricane Florence: 'We are planning for devastation'

After Florence makes landfall, that ridge, now over Washington and NY, will move east - but be replaced by another one forming over the Great Lakes that will likely keep the storm stuck, McNoldy said.

Wrap up your preparations today and make plans to get to your safe place by Wednesday night or first thing Thursday morning in advance of Hurricane Florence. Upon immediate landfall, the threats are you standard hurricane threats - storm surge, strong winds, tornadoes.

The Boeing plant will be shut down on Tuesday to give its more than 6,000 employees a chance safely evacuate ahead of the storm, the airplane maker said in a statement.

A state of emergency has been declared in both North and SC.

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in parts of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia, affecting more than a million people.

Hurricane Katrina intensified to a Category 5 with winds up to 175 miles per hour in the Gulf of Mexico, before striking Louisiana as a Category 3 storm.

So far, American Airlines flights have not been canceled due to the storm, but it is bracing for the worst and letting travelers potentially affected by the storm change their travel dates without paying change fees, normally around $200 plus a difference in fare, as per CNBC.

Hurricane Florence could inflict the hardest punch North Carolina has seen in more than 60 years.

"This storm is going to be a direct hit".

McMaster lifts evacuation order for 3 coastal SC counties
A Category 4 hurricane with 130 miles per hour winds is bearing down on the US East Coast , bringing a risk of devastating floods. WEATHER experts are continuing to warn residents of The Bahamas about the sea swells Hurricane Florence will generate this week.

Hurricane Florence is barreling toward the southeastern United States because of the so-called "atmospheric brick wall", the high-pressure system that's guiding it there, forecasters report.

Hurricane Florence is gearing up to pound the eastern USA coastline as it racks up maximum winds of 220 km/h, making it an "extremely dangerous" storm system which strength is only expected to grow. A year ago, people would have laughed off such a forecast, but the European model was accurate in predicting 152cm of rain for Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area, so "you start to wonder what these models know that we don't", said University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy.

"The water could overtake some of these barrier islands and keep on going. All you have to do is look up at your ceiling and think about 12ft of water - that, folks, is extremely life-threatening".

In addition to thousands of homes and businesses, five military bases and half a dozen nuclear power plants are also in the path of the storm.

More than 3ft of rain is expected in the eastern part of North Carolina, a fertile low-lying plain boasting brackish rivers with a propensity for bursting their banks.

"This one really scares me", Graham said.

Evacuation orders have also been issued.

Warmer than normal sea temperatures to add energy and rain to a storm.

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