Hurricane Florence's winds and rain begin lashing Carolinas

Hurricane Florence's winds and rain begin lashing Carolinas

Hurricane Florence's winds and rain begin lashing Carolinas

At 8 a.m. (1200 GMT) on Wednesday the storm was located about 530 miles (855 km) southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina.

"As we look back at previous events, although hurricanes making landfall in the Carolinas are rare, the losses through this triple-threat of storm surge, wind and inland flood, could also be significant", RMS said in the report.

An Oklahoma search and rescue helicopter team left Wednesday for Hurricane Florence and will be stationed in Tennessee and the Carolinas along the East Coast to respond as needed, the Oklahoma City Fire Department reported.

"Between the lines: Hurricane Florence could become the strongest hurricane on record to strike so far north if it makes landfall north of the border between SC and North Carolina as a Category 4 or 5 storm".

In Virginia, where about 245,000 residents were ordered to evacuate low-lying areas, officials urged people to remain away from home despite forecast changes showing Florence's path largely missing the state.

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It was expected to begin pushing its way westward across SC later in the day, in a watery siege that could go on all weekend. He added that Hurricane Florence poses a challenge because it is expected to drift over hard-hit areas.

"We're just trying to plan for the future here, not having a house for an extended period of time", David Garrigus said. After its initial impact, Byard said the most serious concern will be massive rainfalls that would produce risky inland flooding.

"Historical rainfall amounts from #Florence are possible with UNPRECEDENTED flooding", according to the National Weather Service office in Newport and Morehead City, on North Carolina's coast.

And if that isn't enough, Subtropical Storm Joyce formed in the North Atlantic Tuesday afternoon, but it's not expected to hit the U.S. The system is expected to drift to the southwest in the coming days.

For anyone needing a place to stay to escape the hurricane, both North Carolina and SC are updating their lists of emergency shelters.

"I'm not going to put our personnel in harm's way, especially for people that we've already told to evacuate", Wrightsville Beach police chief Dan House said. "This rainfall may produce life-threatening flash flooding".

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SATURDAY: The southward motion of the storm after it makes landfall will likely leave the D.C. region with mostly clear skies on Saturday.

"Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months". Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles from its centre, and tropical storm force winds up to 195 miles.

Florence is rated a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale. Winds are dicey at times in Long Island around that timeframe, with New England and the Canadian Maritimes seeing lighter, more favorable winds at times.

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. Tropical Storm Isaac is heading westward toward the central Lesser Antilles, but is a bit weaker, with Guadeloupe, Martinique and Dominica now under tropical storm, not hurricane, warnings.

Swell from Florence continues to impact much the East Coast today.

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