Hurricane Florence threatens millions on US East Coast

13 September, 2018, 13:42 | Author: Bertha Harmon

The hurricane center's projected track previously had Florence charging into the North Carolina coast on Friday.

The storm is expected to be just offshore by Friday and is now a Category 3 storm with 125mph top sustained winds.

The storm is expected to bring tropical storm-force winds, life-threatening storm surges of seawater and 35 inches (89 cm) of rain to parts of the Carolinas and Virginia, where intense inland flooding was expected, the center said. But the hurricane center said it is "still forecast to be an extremely risky major hurricane when it nears the USA coast late Thursday and Friday".

A police vehicle patrols the beach ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, U.S. September 11, 2018. Its wind speeds have dropped from a high of 140 miles per hour (225 kph) to 110 miles per hour (175 kph), reducing it from a Category 4 storm to a Category 2, and additional fluctuations and weakening were likely as it swirled toward land.

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Florence is forecast to make landfall near southeast North Carolina as a Category 2 hurricane early Friday morning, "bringing extreme wind and sea conditions" reminiscent of a much stronger storm, meteorologists said.

Forecasters say those areas could be battered with hurricane conditions for at least 24 hours.

Brock Long, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, underscored the danger of the storm surge in an interview with "Good Morning America".

National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham called Hurricane Florence's size is "staggering." "That's the primary driver of the evacuations that are underway by the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia right now". But forecasters say there's an increased chance for tropical storm winds to reach Savannah.

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More than 1.7 million people were warned to evacuate and get out of the way of the "life-threatening" storm's path. "This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast". You're going to be displaced from your home in the coastal areas.

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"We're just trying to plan for the future here, not having a house for an extended period of time", David Garrigus said. "These are our homes, we live here full-time".

"As you know most loss of life and threats to life are from the surge", he said.

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