Slow Moving Hurricane Florence To Bring More Rain To Pittsburgh Area

Slow Moving Hurricane Florence To Bring More Rain To Pittsburgh Area

The evacuations continued as Florence weakened a bit in its charge towards the East Coast, downgrading from a Category 3 storm to a Category 2, the National Hurricane Center said in its latest update. After Florence's rain starts to fall this week, he said, the rainfall could continue through Monday. "I'm going to get killed on the road,"' Bradley said. "These storms can be very disruptive to regional economies, and it takes time for them to recover", said Ryan Sweet, an economist at Moody's Analytics. "Don't bet your life on riding out a monster".

Duke Energy, the nation's No. 2 power company, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks. Little change in strength is expected before the center reaches the coast, with weakening expected after the center moves inland.

In addition, the threat of storm surges looms for areas in the path of the storm, meaning life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland is possible in the next 36 hours. It had maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (215 kmh).

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 forecast calls for as much as 40 inches (102 centimeters) of rain over seven days along the coast, with the deluge continuing even as the center of the storm pushes its way over the Appalachian Mountains.

As the hurricane closed in, some residents wondered whether to ride it out.

"There's nothing you can do to stop it, so if you have to die, die happy", she said. In North Carolina, the billion-dollar pork industry is clustered in the eastern part of the state, directly in the line of the storm.

The adults packed irreplaceable items such as photo albums and heirlooms while the children stuffed their favorite toys, blankets and books in their bags.

"Once those high winds get here.it will be very hard, if not impossible, for anybody to come rescue you if you are in harm's way in one of those zones", McMaster said at a news conference Wednesday. "I wish I had more time to sort through and grab more of the sentimental items".

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Catastrophic effects will be felt outside the center of the storm due to storm surge surge as high as 9 to 13 feet. He's staying put - for now. "You feel like you should have already left". Labor Day marked the end of the peak tourism season in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and other coastal getaways. From there, they headed to her father's home in Ohio. The two hardware chains said they sent in a total of around 1,100 trucks.

"We're a little anxious about the storm surge so we came down to see what the river is doing now", said Linda Smith, 67, a retired nonprofit director.

If the European model is true or the overall trend persists, University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy said it "is exceptionally bad news, as it smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge".

Mayor Joe Benson of Carolina Beach, a small town near Wilmington with a permanent population of about 6,300, said he believes half of the residents have stayed on the island.

A hurricane warning - meaning hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours - is in effect for a long stretch of the coast, from the South Santee River in SC to Duck, N.C., which is part of the Outer Banks. He also urged those outside of the evacuation zones to be prepared.

The storm will be a test of President Donald Trump's administration less than two months before elections to determine control of Congress.

Henry McMaster did not mince words on Thursday, delivering a dire message mainly to those coastal residents who have chosen to remain in their homes despite repeated warnings to leave as Hurricane Florence creeps toward the coast.

For the Columbia area, state and city officials warn of flooding and the likelihood of flash flooding.

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