What scares experts about Hurricane Florence

What scares experts about Hurricane Florence

What scares experts about Hurricane Florence

Closing in with terrifying winds of 125 miles per hour and potentially catastrophic rain and storm surge, Florence is expected to blow ashore Saturday morning along the North Carolina-South Carolina line, the National Hurricane Center said.

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.

President Donald Trump, warning residents to get out of the way, said the federal government was "ready for the big one that is coming".

More than 60 people, including an infant, children and their pets, were rescued from a collapsing hotel in Jacksonville, North Carolina, at the height of the storm, according to the Associated Press.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence put a corridor of more than 10 million people in the crosshairs Wednesday as the monster storm closed in on the Carolinas, uncertainty over its projected path spreading worry across a widening swath of the Southeast.

Florence is forecast to trigger severe flash flooding as it dumps up to three feet (almost a meter) of rain in some areas.

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The threat has sparked a rush of evacuation efforts in SC and North Carolina, with more than 1 million people urged to get out of Florence's way.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm would move further inland across extreme southeastern North Carolina and extreme eastern SC on Friday and Saturday.

"Afterwards, I'm going to drink a bottle of whiskey and take a two-day nap, but right now I'm walking the neighbourhood making sure my neighbours are fine because nobody can get in here".

Speaking about the Wilmington area and its surrounding beaches in North Carolina, a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) official said the inland flooding threat was "extreme".

FEMA Administrator Brock Long urged people to prepare for a "very devastating storm", with possibly weeks-long power outages.

With the change in the forecast, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal issued an emergency declaration for the entire state to ease regulations on trucks hauling gasoline and relief supplies, and asked people to pray for those in Florence's path.

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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.

"Hugo was a direct hit", he said.

The Charleston International Airport will close Wednesday night at 11:59 p.m. until further notice, reports George Kearns of South Carolina Public Radio. She said it will become a "major flooding event".

"Been through it!" Belli said, referring to Hurricane Hugo, which caused widespread damage in SC in 1989.

In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate, including from the Eastern Shore. "He lives in 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. North Carolina alone could get from 20 to 30 inches, with isolated spots possibly receiving 40 inches.

Florence will bring large rainfall totals through Saturday in North Carolina, north SC and Virginia, causing catastrophic flash flooding.

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