Destructive Hurricane Florence to batter the Carolinas for days

Posted September 18, 2018

The center of Florence is expected to approach the coasts of North and SC later on Thursday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles.

Tropical Storm Florence dumped "epic" amounts of rain on North and SC as it trudged inland on Saturday, knocking out power and causing at least eight deaths as flood waters that have devastated many communities kept rising.

Winds were already picking up along the coastline on Thursday morning and some minor flooding was reported on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and in some coastal towns.

MA will not feel too much of an impact from the chaotic storm down south, according to the National Weather Service: "The only impacts in southern New England from Hurricane Florence will be high surf and risky rip currents especially on the south coast through Friday".

The National Hurricane Centre warned the threat of tornadoes was increasing as Florence neared shore and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said the heavy rains could trigger landslides in the western part of his state.

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While Hurricane Florence's top wind speeds have come down, and it seems as though conditions are improving, stop that thinking: The threat for life-threatening storm surge remains all too real.

Boeing evacuated several new 787-10 Dreamliner jets from its factory in North Charleston, South Carolina, to protect them from the storm.

She had been driving since 12:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon from her home on the coast of North Carolina.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference, that a "historic storm" would unleash rains and floods that would inundate nearly the entire state. Flash floods will be a major problem for some areas, and the overall flooding could be catastrophic. "We've just never seen anything like this".

It's unclear exactly how many people fled ahead of the storm, but more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.

That's because the weather systems that usually push and pull a storm are disappearing as Florence nears land around the border between North and SC. "It's a big one".

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

Allison James, who lives at Huntersville, Mecklenburg County in North Carolina, says based on reports this area would not be directly affected.

As of 5 a.m., Florence was centered about 25 miles (35 kilometers) east of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Anxious about how the government will respond to Hurricane Florence's devastation? But last year's Hurricane Harvey demonstrated that tremendous damage can be dealt when a storm system sits in place and dumps huge amounts of rain.

"Promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials..." For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at hurricanes.gov.

Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms. "Because I don't know that we can go in and get you".

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"We hope to have something left when we get home", she said.