As Florence Surges Forward, Rethinking What Hurricane Preparation Looks Like

As Florence Surges Forward, Rethinking What Hurricane Preparation Looks Like

As Florence Surges Forward, Rethinking What Hurricane Preparation Looks Like

The storm, which is poised to affect millions this week in the southeastern US, is "expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall" to North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, and parts of the Mid-Atlantic states, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said that while Florence is expected to slow down considerably by late Thursday and into Friday, it will still be an "extremely unsafe major hurricane" when it makes landfall.

A state of emergency has been declared in Georgia, making it the fifth state to do so, as authorities warned of storm surges and catastrophic flooding.

In addition to the hurricane-strength winds blowing ashore Friday, Florence has the potential to bring a storm surge upwards of 6 feet in parts of the coastline including up to 13 feet from Cape Fear north to Cape Lookout. All three states ordered mass evacuations along the coast. The center said the waves were measured by satellite. But authorities warned it will still be an extremely unsafe hurricane.

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In a hurricane, as Live Science has reported , the most significant threat is flooding , not the high winds. Forecasters say the center of Hurricane Florence is hovering just inland near Cape Fear, North Carolina.

The National Weather Service said 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million live in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches.

At this height of the Atlantic hurricane season, Florence was being trailed on east-to-west paths by two other storms, Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac. Florence is expected to remain a Category 4 storm when it makes landfall.

On Wednesday morning, the president urged those in the path of Florence to "get out of its way".

"Don't play games with it". "It's a big one".

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Abigail Darlington, covers the city of Charleston for the South Carolina Post and Courier. Florence is stronger, so you should at least be prepared for some power outages and tree damage even if the storm does not come near us.

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. She said it will become a "major flooding event".

Forecasters anxious the storm's damage will be all the worse if it lingers on the coast.

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.

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Once a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 140 miles per hour , the hurricane was downgraded to a Category 1 on Thursday night. The hardest part to figure out now is where that heavy rain band sets up - probably right over Charlotte or just to the north.

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