Hurricane Florence may hit North Carolina

Hurricane Florence may hit North Carolina

It's been an especially active start to the Atlantic hurricane season, as parts of North and SC are now bracing for impact from a major Category 3 Storm.

Florence is also expected to lose speed and "hover" once it reaches the coast, which will intensify the impacts of its heavy rainfall and storm surges, Ken Graham, director of the National Hurricane Center (NHC), said in a Facebook Live update earlier today. Despite its unpredictable path, it was forecast to make landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina, at midday on Friday.

People walk past storm shuttered buildings on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk in Myrtle Beach.

"We are prepared as a state", Farmer said, noting SC emergency officials come together every spring to go through catastrophe exercises in preparation for an event like Florence.

In contrast to the hurricane centre's official projection, other forecasts had the storm turning southwards off the North Carolina coast and coming ashore near the Georgia-South Carolina border.

In this satellite image provided by U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Florence churns through the Atlantic Ocean toward the U.S. East Coast on September 12, 2018.

President Donald Trump touted the government's readiness and urged people to get out of the way of Florence.

More than 1 million have been ordered to evacuate the coastlines of the Carolinas and Virginia.

"We hope to have something left when we get home", she said. "We are ready. We're as ready as anybody's ever been".

"Protection of life is the absolute highest priority", he added.

That's because the weather systems that usually push and pull a storm are disappearing as Florence nears land around the border between North and SC.

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"This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding", the NHC said.

Jeff Byard, an administrator at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said: Do you want to get hit with a train or do you want to get hit with a cement truck?

Early on Thursday, the storm was centred 235 miles east-south-east of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving north-west at 17mph.

Masters said there's a tug-of-war between two clear skies high pressure systems - one off the coast and one over MI - and the more the Great Lakes one wins, the more southerly Florence will be. If it follows its most likely track, Florence will be the first major storm to make landfall so far north in the US.

"The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety", Deal said.

Bridges, airports and ferry services in the affected areas face closure if winds grow too violent, while roads and rail routes might also be cut off.

Emergency declarations were in force in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Causey said similar steps have been taken in North Carolina. "There's nobody left to work".

And there's "a huge difference" in the size and type of damage Florence inflicts if it stays 50 miles (80 kilometers) off shore versus heading inland immediately, Landsea said. "The building's solid and Buddha will protect us". It's called Mother Nature.

"Everything is packed", Espinoza said.

"Every opportunity I've had I have encouraged every homeowner in the state to purchase flood coverage regardless of any amount it costs", he said.

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