Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Georgia governor declares emergency ahead of hurricane

Georgia governor declares emergency ahead of hurricane

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. As of now, Florence is due to make landfall very early Friday morning, somewhere in the Carolinas.

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"The waves and the wind this storm may bring is nothing like you've ever seen".

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference that the "historic" hurricane would unleash rains and floods that would inundate nearly the entire state in several feet of water.

Although the latest tracks suggest that the center of the storm will pass to our south, we'll still likely feel some effects as early as Thursday.

The shift south and west will encompass more of SC and western North Carolina.

Senior National Hurricane Center specialist Stacy Stewart said the impacts of the storm will cover a wide area "regardless of exactly where the center of Florence moves".

Sheets of rain splattered against windows of a hotel before daybreak in Wilmington, where Sandie Orsa of Wilmington sat in a lobby lit by emergency lights after the power failed.

While coastal residents frantically boarded up homes and businesses and hit the road, others chose to ride out a storm that is forecast to dump up to three feet (almost a meter) of rain in some areas. "Trees are blowing down in the wind". This storm is going to be a direct hit. Eastern, Sept. 12, 2018, as illustrated by the National Hurricane Center.

The NHC reports that "this is a life threatening situation" as the Carolina coasts and Virginia anticipate "catastrophic flash flooding", as well as significant river flooding. The city said two Federal Emergency Management Agency teams were working on swift-water rescues, and more were on the way.

How much rain with North Carolina and SC receive?

Flight Director Paul Flaherty is preparing to fly into Hurricane Florence for a fourth time, and said he hopes to bring back good news, but so far, there's been no signs of that from the sky.

Prisoners were affected, too.

The pivot in the forecasted track of Florence led Georgia's governor to declare a state of emergency for all 159 counties, home to 10.5 million people.

Storm Surge Inundation: Up to 2 to 4 feet of inundation is possible in portions of the Storm Surge Watch area Thursday into Friday.

While most people, including President Donald Trump, grew concerned over its massive size - some people couldn't help themselves from commenting underneath the comical graphic. Rather than pushing up toward western Virginia, the storm's center is now predicted to move across the middle of SC. North Carolina alone could get from 20 to 30 inches, with isolated spots possibly receiving 40 inches.

Hurricane Irma destroyed Kathy Griffin's house in Florida a year ago, and it could be days before she finds out whether Florence smashed her fifth-story condominium in Wrightsville Beach, where authorities said utilities could be out for days or weeks.

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