'Life-Threatening' Hurricane Florence Is Barreling Toward the Carolinas

'Life-Threatening' Hurricane Florence Is Barreling Toward the Carolinas

More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out. "This is an extremely unsafe situation". The storm's slowing forward movement and heavy rains had Gov. Roy Cooper warning of an impending disaster.

Storm surges are not included in the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale which categorises hurricanes, the category of the hurricane does not correlate with the level of storm surge.

"Just because the wind speed came down, the intensity of this storm came down. please do not let your guard down", said Brock Long, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), earlier on Thursday.

ADCIRC predicts Florence's winds will cause 9 to 13 feet of storm surge in some areas along the North Carolina coast.

The outer bands of Hurricane Florence drenched the Carolinas on Thursday, flooding roads, gorging rivers and knocking out power in an ominous glimpse of the damage the storm could inflict when it makes landfall on Friday with millions of people in its path.

Florence, which is now a slow-moving Category 2 storm, is expected to linger over the Carolinas before turning north and sliding into western Virginia. Hurricane force winds extended 80 miles from the centre of the storm, while tropical storm force winds extended up to 195 miles.

The storm is also predicted to bring historic rainfall of up to 35 inches to the Wilmington region. "It's something we haven't seen. ever".

"If there is a question in your heart, just leave", Malphrus said. The two hardware chains said they sent in a total of around 1,100 trucks.

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Coastal North Carolina felt the first bite of Hurricane Florence on Thursday as winds began to rise, a prelude to the slow-moving tempest that forecasters warned would cause catastrophic flooding across a wide swath of the US southeast.

As of 4 a.m., Florence was centered about 30 miles (45 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina. If you're anywhere near the affected regions or have loved ones in the deadly Category 2 storm's path, make sure to keep track of what government and other storm trackers are advising.

A tornado watch was also in effect for parts of North Carolina.

"This is a life-threatening situation".

"We lost power at home so we figured we should come to the bar", said Carla Mahaffee, a 33-year-old actor from Wilmington, as she drank a cider.

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.

On Tuesday, less than 20 hours after McMaster issued an evacuation order for Beaufort County, the governor rescinded the order for Beaufort, Jasper and Colleton counties, not including Edisto Beach. On Thursday morning, South 17th Street, usually teeming with commuter traffic by 6:30 a.m., was almost devoid of cars.

Speaking on Fox News, the reporter warned conditions could continue for at least 12 hours as the storm moves inland. On Wednesday, officials said some of those shelters were at capacity, but in a statement early Thursday, county officials said they were "able to mobilize additional resources to accommodate the need for shelter space".

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