Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Flights cancelled in the US Southeast as Hurricane Florence approaches

Flights cancelled in the US Southeast as Hurricane Florence approaches

This image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018.

Volunteers from the Civilian Crisis Response Team help people to higher ground after rescuing them from their flooded homes during Hurricane Florence in James City, North Carolina.

"There is still time to leave", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told "CBS This Morning" on Thursday.

"Inland flooding will be a major threat and something people far from the landfall location should be concerned about", Miller said.

Where exactly the zone of heaviest rain sets up as the storm meanders inland is more uncertain, but models suggest that it may concentrate in southern North Carolina and northern SC through the weekend.

"With this storm, what's unique is it's forecast to stall ... dropping copious amounts of rainfall across the Carolinas and into Virginia", Long said.

The result: catastrophic inland flooding that could swamp homes, businesses, farm fields and industrial sites. The storm's size and area affected by hazardous winds have actually expanded, and the threat from storm and rain-induced flooding "have not changed" tweeted Rick Knabb, The Weather Channel's tropical weather expert and former Hurricane Center director.

Once a powerful Category 4 storm, Florence became a slow-moving Category 1 before it made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina, on Friday.

The hurricane was seen as a major test for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was heavily criticized as sluggish and unprepared for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico a year ago.

The American government is ready to deal with the aftermath of the hurricane but people should get out of the way, Trump said.


Airlines cancelled almost 1,000 flights and counting. "I'm going to get killed on the road, '" Bradley said. "You can't stop Mother Nature".

This is bigger than both of the Carolinas and THIS is why rain is the biggest issue.

The Category 3 storm has prompted more than a million people to flee the Carolinas and Virgina, as residents heed dire warnings from officials. As she smoked a cigarette outside the shelter set up in a high school in Washington, Belanger they learned a lesson when they tried to ride out Hurricane Hugo in their home in 1989.

"I've been through hurricanes before but never with kids", she said. "Whether you have a house or not, when the storm comes it will bring everyone together".

He warned residents to be prepared for mass power outages that could last for days or weeks, echoing the sentiments shared by Duke Energy on Wednesday.

As of 11am local time, Florence was centred about 145 miles south east of Wilmington and its forward movement slowed to 10mph.

Tropical storm-force winds of at least 39 miles per hour (63 kph) extended outward up to 195 miles (315 km) from its center and were due to begin raking North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands around 8 a.m. (1200 GMT) before stretching over low-lying areas reaching from Georgia north into Virginia.

Scientists said it is too soon to say what role, if any, global warming played in the storm.

On Tuesday, hurricane-force winds stretched 40 miles out from the center, Miller said.

Hurricane Florence is being seen as a monster of a storm zeroing in on the Southeastern coast with more than 10 million people in its potentially devastating sights.

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