Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Science | By Dan Gutierrez

Hurricane Florence has weakened but it will still be devastating

Hurricane Florence has weakened but it will still be devastating

Trump urged Americans to "be careful!" during the storm, which he claimed had strengthened.

Communities along the Southeastern coast buttoned up against the onslaught of Hurricane Florence as forecasters Wednesday warned that the monster storm could hesitate just offshore for days - punishing a longer stretch of coastline harder than previously feared - before pushing inland over the weekend.

The storms path is promising to bring even more devastation than first predicted to the Carolinas and parts of Georgia.

Another four million people are under a tropical storm watch.

While one man concluded: 'We are about to get pounded, but since we have absolutely no control over it, all you can do is laugh, and pray for the best'.

The Miami-based NHC stressed, however, that while a slow weakening is expected over the next 24 hours "Florence is still forecast to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane when it nears the United States coast late Thursday and Friday".

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster on Monday ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents.

Trump said the federal government was "absolutely, totally prepared" for Florence.

"We have extra manpower on the road", Vest said. During that time 70 to 110mph winds are expected.

Damaging hurricane-force winds are likely along portions of the coasts of SC and North Carolina.

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

Florence expected to become major hurricane, risk to East Coast increasing
Mr Smith said that a hurricanes strongest winds lie in the storms “right forward quadrant” from its direction of movement. The hurricane center cautions that the swells "are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions".

Duke Energy, the nations No. 2 power company, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks. The hurricane was moving northwest in the Atlantic at 15 miles per hour and was packing sustained winds of 110 miles per hour.

Florence is expected to start bringing tropical storm force winds to the Carolinas late Thursday.

Reacting to the possibility of a more southerly track, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared an emergency but did not immediately order any evacuations. Unsure of what they might find when they return home, the couple went shopping for a recreational vehicle. Similar declarations were made earlier in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

The Miami-based center says the center of Florence will approach the coasts of North and SC later today.

The eastbound lanes of several major highways have been shut down to allow for a smooth flow of traffic inland.

"The overall wind speeds may not be all that impressive at landfall, but the storm surge could be enormous", he said. "There's nobody left to work".

The president said: "The safety of American people is my absolute highest priority".

"What can you do?" she asked. "You can't stop Mother Nature". "So I don't really want to take no chances on it".

About 3,000 National Guard members have been activated to assist with hurricane recovery, and more are on standby, officials said.

One wrote: 'I hope everyone in the path of Florence's massive penis stays safe'.

Boarding up his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Chris Pennington watched the forecasts and tried to decide when to leave. The game, like many others this weekend, was canceled due to the impending impact of Hurricane Florence. Crabtree Creek frequently floods after heavy rains and is expected to overflow its banks during the the hurricane, he said, but the city can't do anything beyond monitoring the situation and notifying residents as conditions change.

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