Millions prepare as Hurricane Florence approaches Southeast coast of the U.S.

Ignacio Smith
September 15, 2018

It may move a little north into Virginia or a little south into SC. That Category 4 storm destroyed 15,000 buildings and killed 19 people in North Carolina.

The evacuation is said to affect one out of every five South Carolinians, representing around a million residents.

"When you stall a system like this and it moves real slow, some of that rainfall can extend well away from the centre". "Don't bet your life on riding out a monster". "There will be some stronger winds, but to me, the rain issues will be bigger." said Panovich.

To hasten evacuations from coastal SC, officials reversed the flow of traffic on some highways so all major roads led away from shore. "A lot of local people are staying", she said of the island, which is reachable only by ferry or plane.

"We face three critical threats from Florence: ocean surge along our coast, strong winds, and inland flooding from heavy rain", Governor Cooper said.

Florence remains a Category 4 storm, packing 130 mile-per-hour winds as it gets closer to shore, according to a 2 p.m. update from the U.S. Hurricane Center. The Category 4 storm was moving west-northwest at 17 miles per hour.

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As powerful Hurricane Florence crept closer to the southeastern United States on Tuesday, farmers in North Carolina rushed to harvest corn and tobacco and stock up on pig rations, while the danger of deadly flooding threatened a state where millions of farm animals are housed.

"Unfortunately, the models were right", the National Weather Service's National Hurricane Center said in a sternly-worded forecast discussion Monday evening. "The threat will be inland, so I'm afraid, based on my experience at FEMA, that the public is probably not as prepared as everybody would like", said Craig Fugate, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Utilities deployed crews and gear in advance, with workers en route to the region from at least 15 states, according to trade group, the Edison Electric Institute. "It is likely some areas will flood that have never flooded before". "We are expecting more wind than we had with Hugo and more water than we had with Matthew". A hospital in Hampton, Virginia, was transferring patients to safer places.

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.

"We are sparing no expense. We are sharing information with local officials so they can prepare".

Last year, there were 17 named storms.

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A storm covering enormous area, to drench and lash more people.

Days before its arrival, Florence was already disrupting commercial operations. However, UCF's only open weekend is October 27, and North Carolina is playing an ACC game at Virginia that day.

"The governor said that North Carolina is the bull's eye of this hurricane", Larry Wooten, president of the North Carolina Farm Bureau, said in an interview.

Residents boarded up their homes and stripped grocery stores bare of food, water and supplies. Many gasoline stations were running low on fuel.

High winds and heavy rains will also down trees and bring other destruction to areas in its path, the hurricane center said. "What is flooding going to do to our home, our city?"

"A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations hard or unsafe", the warning states. "Any amounts of money, whatever it takes, we're going to do it". Some isolated areas could get 30in, forecasters said.

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