Fierce Hurricane Florence aims at southeast US

Fierce Hurricane Florence aims at southeast US

Fierce Hurricane Florence aims at southeast US

Florence's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Thursday at 105 miles per hour (165 kph) after it was downgraded to a Category 2 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the NHC. Its trajectory showed its center most likely to strike the southern coast of North Carolina by late Thursday or early Friday, the National Hurricane Center said.

An estimated 10 million people live in the storm's path, according to the U.S. Weather Prediction Center, and coastal businesses and homes were boarded up in anticipation. It could stall just off the coast and then drift south along the SC coast and possibly make a landfall as a weaker system if it doesn't make it clearly over the coast of North Carolina.

Some ignored warnings, choosing instead to hunker down at home and take their chances. "We know that this is an extremely risky situation", Cooper told "CBS This Morning" on Thursday.

It's unclear exactly how many people fled, but more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out. "Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks".

After that, Florence is forecast to move northwest and north and move across western SC on Sunday, Sept. 15, and across western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee on Monday, Sept. 16, the NHC said.

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Models agree that excessive amounts of rain will fall in southeastern North Carolina.

Hurricane Florence is at the doorstep of North and SC, and she's not going away anytime soon.

Emergency preparations in the area included activating 2,800 National Guard troops in North Carolina, stockpiling food, setting up shelters, switching traffic patterns so that major roads led away from shore and securing 16 nuclear power reactors in the three-state region.

With their entire neighborhood evacuated in Wilmington, North Carolina, David and Janelle Garrigus planned to ride out Florence at their daughter's one-bedroom apartment in Charlotte.

"So this is a very risky storm", said Mr Byard. "It's going to happen. We just need to figure out how to make it through". "I should stay in my house, where I have water and food".

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Residents of the Carolinas and neighboring states should consult local authorities for any evacuation orders and other preparation guidelines. So we're going to have delayed impacts from this even after landfall on Friday.

Astronaut Alexander Gerst captured this image of Hurricane Florence from the space station on September 12, 2018.

Those included Topsail and North Topsail beaches in Pender and Onslow counties; Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville beaches in New Hanover County; and "low lying areas and sub-standard housing" in Brunswick County.

Dorf says trucking companies and logistics firms are working with FEMA and state and local authorities to park trucks full of goods and materials needed in the recovery in temporary warehouse and staging areas just out of the path of the hurricane, so they can quickly move into affected areas once the storm clears.

Because landfalling hurricanes commonly spawn twisters, a tornado watch was issued for eastern North Carolina.

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