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

These neighbors are riding out Hurricane Florence on an island

These neighbors are riding out Hurricane Florence on an island

The National Hurricane Center says it's now expected to hit Wilmington and then veer west, taking it south of Charlotte.

Hoffman said his home is not at high risk of flooding because it's 13 feet above sea level and a few blocks from the ocean.

Hurricane Florence is blasting toward the Carolinas, carrying sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour and the threat of "life-threatening storm surge and rainfall", the National Hurricane Center says. "Heed any flood watches and warnings".

Although its peak winds diminished, forecasters said the storm's total energy grew as its inner core and outlying bands of wind expanded. Nathan Deal issued an emergency declaration for the entire state to ease regulations on trucks hauling gasoline and relief supplies. Upon its arrival, the National Hurricane Center projects that Florence could drop anywhere from 20-40 inches of rain along the Carolina coast.

Mr Cooper's warnings were echoed by his SC counterpart, Henry McMaster, who stated that emergency services may not be able to reach residents if they remain in areas where evacuation orders have been issued.

"I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence", Deal said. More to come on this part of the forecast.

Millions of people on the East Coast of the United States find themselves in the path of a monster Category 4 hurricane that threatens catastrophic coastal flooding and damage in the billions of USA dollars.

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

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

Hurricane Florence is churning slowly towards the southern parts of the eastern seaboard and could slam into the Carolinas by tomorrow night bringing sweeping winds of more than 200km per hour and dumping rain that could cause coastal erosion and a major storm surge.

Maryland, though, could be spared the catastrophic flooding thought possible in recent days.

The US Coast Guard said it closed the ports of Wilmington and Moorehead City in North Carolina and restricted port operations in Charleston, South Carolina.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand. He cited forecasts showing Florence was likely to stall over North Carolina, "bringing days and days of rain".

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