Hurricane Florence close to landfall in N. Carolina

14 September, 2018, 18:16 | Author: Sherry Houston
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Looking a little better on Sunday as high pressure builds in and pushes Florence over inland NC/SC.

"It doesn't matter how much money you have or how many generators you have if you can't get gas", she said. Florence is now expected to begin delivering tropical storm-force winds in the region by early Thursday, escalating to hurricane-force winds by late Thursday or early Friday.

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

The Canadian government has warned citizens against travel to the stretch of the U.S. East Coast that is expected to be hammered by Florence.

Weather Underground meteorology director Jeff Masters said Florence eventually could strike as merely a Category 1 hurricane with winds less than 100 miles per hour (160 kph), but that's still enough to cause at least $1 billion in damage.

Forecasters said conditions will only get more lethal as the storm smashes ashore early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina line and crawls slowly inland.

Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday, but the storm has only just begun for the Carolinas.

President Trump issued this warning: "Get out of its way". "Dont play games with it".

In Awendaw, South Carolina, Chris Johnson said he's staying behind to watch his house while his wife, Michele, is evacuating.

After a week of hype and hoopla, Hurricane Florence is finally here.

Emergency preparations included activating more than 2,700 National Guard troops, stockpiling food, setting up shelters, switching traffic patterns so major roads led away from shore, and securing 16 nuclear power reactors in the Carolinas and Virginia. Airlines canceled almost 1,000 flights and counting. The two hardware chains said they sent in a total of around 1100 trucks. And an unusual combination of other weather systems that likely will stall Florence when it hits land, allowing it to sit for days and dump huge amounts of rain.

North Carolina has roughly 2,100 industrial-scale pork farms containing more than 9 million hogs.

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Executives say if you're riding out the storm near the coast you should not expect to have power back for days or even weeks.

Boarding up his home in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Chris Pennington watched the forecasts and tried to decide when to leave.

The timing of the official landfall could change with any shift in Florence's track over the next 12-18 hours.

Private meteorologist Ryan Maue of Weathermodels.com in an email called the overnight European computer simulation "another model run for the ages". More than 1 million people had been ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia and thousands moved to emergency shelters, officials said.

"I came to video it so I can remember what it looked like before the storm because I just don't think a lot of this is going to be here (after Florence)", she said. We spoke to those braced for Florence's looming arrival.

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

Visit our sister site Live Science for the latest Hurricane Florence forecast. Unsure of what they might find when they return home, the couple went shopping for a recreational vehicle.

"We hope to have something left when we get home", she said.

Some Florence evacuees are steering toward Bristol Motor Speedway near the Tennessee-Virginia border and Atlanta Motor Speedway, where campgrounds have been opened for people fleeing the storm. "We don't know why things happen, but He's in control". A turn to the west-northwest and west at an even slower forward speed is expected tonight and Friday, and a slow west southwestward motion is forecast Friday night and Saturday.

Florence's weakening as it neared the coast created tension between some who left home and authorities who anxious that the storm could still be deadly.

With South Carolina's beach towns now 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. Most other beachgoers were long gone. Today the threat becomes a reality, " he said.

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