Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Watch live streaming video of Hurricane Florence rolling into North Carolina

Watch live streaming video of Hurricane Florence rolling into North Carolina

"Little change in strength is expected before the center reaches the coast, with weakening expected after the center moves inland", the National Hurricane Center said.

"It truly is really about the whole size of this storm", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham told The Associated Press. On Thursday morning, South 17th Street, usually teeming with commuter traffic by 6:30 a.m., was almost devoid of cars.

"This is not going to be a glancing blow", Byard said, warning of power outages, road closures, infrastructure damage and potential loss of life.

However, all coastal communities are in danger of storm surge, and Florence could bring wind damage and flooding to communities near the Virginia line.

FEMA has warned that while downgraded, the storm will still generate life threatening storm surge and rainfall in North and SC. The governor added that a million or more people could be evacuated before the storm makes landfall.

The Category 2 storm is set to hit the U.S. East Coast with winds of up to 215 km/h.

Florence is forecast to dump up to 40 inches (one meter) of rain in some areas after it makes landfall in North and South Carolina Thursday night or Friday. BBC News reports that over 10 million people are under a storm watch as the East Coast braces itself for this hot, wet natural disaster. Some flooding was forecast early in the day for parts of North Florida, but those forecasts were adjusted later to include high swells and minor coastal flooding at high tide.

The surge will result in "large areas of deep inundation. enhanced by battering waves", the Weather Service said.

SC ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents while North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination. Practically, however, that won't matter when it comes to storm surge and inland rainfall.

Models agree that excessive amounts of rain will fall in southeastern North Carolina.

About 300,000 people have been evacuated from South Carolina, McMaster said.

"As it tracks towards the United Kingdom it will degrade - it will become an ex-tropical storm". The surge won't be as bad as it potentially could have been, however, and the winds won't be as strong. "Once the storm moves further inland to Atlanta and Charlotte, the biggest issue will be rain and thunderstorms", she said.

Duke Energy said Florence, a Category 2 storm, could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks.

Trucks are rushing into the region to restock store shelves, but Peggy Dorf, a freight and logistics market analyst for DAT Solutions, says they won't be for much longer.

Manure lagoons are about as pleasant as they sound-vast open-air ponds of manure located next to the many hog farms near the North Carolina coast.

While it is extremely likely that the eastern Carolinas will be hardest hit by the storm Thursday into Friday (local time), the storm's direction becomes far less certain over the weekend and next week.

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