ECU football team relocates to Orlando ahead of Florence

ECU football team relocates to Orlando ahead of Florence

ECU football team relocates to Orlando ahead of Florence

Hurricane Florence is continuing to push towards a landfall around the North Carolina/South Carolina border, and is beginning to lash the central Atlantic seaboard with damaging winds and storm surge.

As Americans in North and SC begin to feel the effects of Hurricane Florence, The Weather Channel has reminded viewers of how unsafe storm surges can be.

Inland flooding near New Bern, North Carolina caused by Hurricane Florence's storm surge as predicted by the ADCIRC computer model.

At least 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia have been warned to evacuate, and others are hunkering down.

The hurricane's sheer size means it could batter the U.S. East Coast with hurricane-force winds for almost a full day, according to weather forecasters.

About midday on Thursday (local time), Spanish moss blew sideways in the trees as the winds increased in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City. Its surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet of ocean water, and days of downpours could unload more than 0.9 meters of rain, touching off severe flooding.

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Two detention facilities in SC that are within government-mandated evacuation zones will not relocate inmates ahead of Hurricane Florence's landfall there.

The Carolinas still face life-threatening storm surge along the coast.

"For a meandering storm, the biggest concern - as we saw with Harvey - is the huge amount of rainfall", said Chris Landsea, chief of tropical analysis and forecast branch at the National Hurricane Center.

Two women who were riding out the storm dance to the music outside the Barbary Coast bar in downtown Wilmington, N.C., as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast, September 13, 2018.

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On Thursday, schools and businesses were closed as far south as Georgia, airlines canceled about 1,200 flights and counting, and coastal towns in the Carolinas were largely empty.

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FEMA has warned that while downgraded, the storm will still generate life threatening storm surge and rainfall in North and SC . Tropical storm-force winds extended 195 miles from Florence's centre, and hurricane-force winds reached out 70 miles.

He said the magnitude of the storm may exceed the ability of the state-activated National Guard troops.

The briefing said Florence "is a large hurricane" with hurricane-force winds extending 80 miles from its center and tropical storm-force winds extending 195 miles from the eye of the storm.

"I have no generator", said Petra Langston, a nurse. Florence, a storm expected to significantly impact the U.S.

North Carolina will likely see eight months' worth of rain in two to three days, said National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear in a video briefing.

"If you find yourself here [in rising floodwaters], you need to get out", she said.

"We're just trying to plan for the future here, not having a house for an extended period of time", David Garrigus said.

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"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.

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