Hurricane Florence strengthens to Category 4

Hurricane Florence strengthens to Category 4

Hurricane Florence strengthens to Category 4

Subtropical storm Joyce formed in the Atlantic on Wednesday but is not expected to threaten land.

Melody Rawson evacuated her first-floor apartment in Myrtle Beach and arrived at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, to camp for free with three other adults, her disabled son, two dogs and a pet bird.

"A motion toward the northwest is forecast to begin by this afternoon and continue through Thursday", the hurricane center says.

The Homeland Security Department is pushing back against a Democratic U.S. senator's claim that the Trump administration transferred almost $10 million from the government's disaster relief agency to immigration enforcement.

Town Manager Mike Cramer said law enforcement officers will try to assess how many people are still on the island immediately south of Wilmington.

But DHS officials said the money was transferred from unspent operational accounts for training, office supplies and headquarters costs.

Merkley provided no evidence for his suggestion that the money came from hurricane response funds. "Now it might be time for the exam", Baxley said late in the morning.

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The massive storm is larger than North Carolina and South Carolina - combined, according to South Carolina Emergency Management. The impact of storm surge on the coast will depend on whether the storm's arrival coincides with high tide.

It is expected to make landfall in the area later this week.

. "It's time for our citizens to be a part of the team".

Some airlines will allow you to change your flights for free while waiving fees for baggage and pets or even offering refunds.

Byard told a news conference at FEMA headquarters in Washington that the agency has all the resources it needs to react to the natural disaster.

It is predicted to deliver tropical-storm-force winds by noon Thursday to North Carolina's coast, and hurricane-force winds and unsafe storm surges by late Thursday or early Friday. A unsafe storm surge will come before the massive storm makes landfall late Friday or early Saturday.

The hurricane's "cone of uncertainty" shifted south to contain a larger area of southeastern SC this morning - including Beaufort County. "This is a storm that is historic, maybe once in a lifetime". Its maximum sustained winds are expected to top 145 miles per hour before losing some steam near the coast.

The last time the U.S. capital declared a state of emergency was in January 2016 when a winter storm dubbed "Snowzilla" blanketed the capital region in knee-deep snow. "You're going to be displaced from your home in coastal areas".

Typhoon Mangkhut is estimated to have caused $250 million worth of damage to the Phillipines with rice and corn crops bearing the brunt of the storm.

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The National Weather Service says nearly half of all deaths from tropical cyclones come from storm surge.

That's saying a lot, given the impacts from Hurricanes Diana, Hugo, Fran, Bonnie, Floyd, and Matthew. A storm surge warning went into effect for the same areas, as well as the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers. Forecasters warn that millions could be affected by the hurricane, and have urged mass evacuations of areas within its path.

Packing maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour (225 km per hour), Florence's trajectory showed its center most likely to strike the southern coast of North Carolina by Friday, the National Hurricane Center said. "That means we're going to see a lot of rain associated to the storm". "Nonetheless, there still would be a very life threatening storm surge of somewhere around 10 to 15 feet". Strengthening is forecast through Wednesday.

Emlaw explained that there is a wide range of possibilities in rainfall amounts in the Lowcountry because no one knows whether the storm will stall offshore or move inland.

US President Donald Trump has authorised emergency measures to free up federal funds to help those responding to the storm.

A satellite image shows Hurricane Florence looming in the Atlantic Ocean as the sun rises over the U.S. Florence is expected to bring tropical storm conditions to North Carolina and SC on Thursday and hurricane conditions on Friday. Some of the guidance even brings the center back over water and has a second landfall occurring farther southward into SC. The storm is expected to slow down as it approaches the North Carolina-South Carolina coast, which makes landfall timing less certain, according to the National Weather Service.

Coastal residents have already started leaving the shores and heading west inland, but many are finding empty gas pumps as gasoline stations are sold out of gas.

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The storm's surge , the rise in sea water above normally dry land at the coast, could reach up to 13 feet at peak. The hurricane center's projected track previously had Florence charging into the North Carolina coast on Friday .

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