'GET OUT OF ITS WAY!': 'Monster' Hurricane Florence aims to drench Carolinas

'GET OUT OF ITS WAY!': 'Monster' Hurricane Florence aims to drench Carolinas

'GET OUT OF ITS WAY!': 'Monster' Hurricane Florence aims to drench Carolinas

Fuctuations in strength are expected through Thursday, and the hurricane is still expected to be "an extremely unsafe major hurricane when it nears" the USA coast late Thursday and Friday, the hurricane center told CNN.

A 77-year-old man was found dead at 8 a.m. Friday by his family at his home on Middle Street in Kinston.

"Typically, we see a stimulus effect that creates jobs and raises incomes for South Carolinians", said Joseph Von Nessen, a research economist at the University of SC.

Director Tom Collins says the woman in Hampstead had a heart attack Friday morning, but emergency crews could not get to her because of downed trees in the road.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for north of Duck, NC, to the North Carolina/Virginia border.

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The National Hurricane Center's latest model for Hurricane Florence shows a similar track that has been reported throughout Wednesday.

There has been a dramatic change in the projected path of the first hurricane of the season expected to make landfall on the United States.

About 9,700 National Guard troops and civilians have been deployed, with high-water vehicles, helicopters and boats. It was also expected to slip briefly back into the open water during the journey. At right is Hurricane Helene, and second from right is Tropical Storm Isaac. "If this blows at 120 mph for four hours, ... you lose a shingle every two minutes, and all of the sudden, you've lost your whole roof after four hours", Myers said.

"All interests from SC into the Mid-Atlantic region should ensure they have their hurricane plan in place and follow any advice given by local officials", the Hurricane Center said.

In addition to the heavy rain potential, gusty winds will also be a good bet.

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More than 20,000 people are spending Friday night in shelters in North Carolina , as Hurricane Florence hits the state. No deaths have been reported in New Bern, but the situation caused by Hurricane Florence is dire, the mayor said.

The NHC said Florence went ashore near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, at 7:15 a.m. EDT with estimated maximum winds of 90 miles per hour.

Even with the storm raging, the Army Corps of Engineers prepared to start work to restore power, install temporary roofing and remove debris. "So, there's not a lot of capacity to soak up the extra water", Samson said.

They showed us instruments that function nearly like weather balloons, that are dropped into the storm to gather data that satellites can't.

Hurricane Florence is on track to blast the southeastern US coast with ferocious winds and rain, but it may also swamp hog manure pits and coal ash dumps, spreading their toxins; as well as inundate nuclear reactors in the region, according to news reports.

"He was thinking of coming here until this morning, and now he asked me if I wanted to come up there", he said.

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Residents at Trent Court Apartments wait out the weather as rising water gets closer to their doors in New Bern, North Carolina . It's expected to move slowly over eastern SC on Friday night through Saturday night. "The storm is wreaking havoc on our state".

Florence is predicted to turn more toward the northwest through Thursday - but then is expected to head more west-northwest and stall a bit over the Carolinas.

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