Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
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People are having ‘hurricane parties’ to distract themselves from Florence

People are having ‘hurricane parties’ to distract themselves from Florence

"I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence", Deal said.

Local utility crews are traveling east to the North Carolina coast to help with restoration efforts in preparation for large numbers of power outages caused by Hurricane Florence.

Marshall: You mentioned some hefty winds here in the Charlotte area.

"We expected it to strengthen and then as it approached the coast to weaken somewhat", Abrams says.

Helene is now in the Atlantic Ocean following behind Hurricane Florence, which was expected to hit the eastern coast of the USA late Thursday or early Friday. Hurricane Florence deserves all the names it's being called as it threatens to cause historic flooding, blow catastrophic winds and idle for days over the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic.

People fleeing coastal North and SC clogged highways as Florence bore down for a direct hit in the low-lying region dense with beachfront vacation homes.

If you want to know more specific information about your area, head to the National Weather Service's social media page, where you can enter your zip code and find your local forecast office.

McMaster ordered mandatory evacuation of coastal SC counties on Tuesday. And Florence's large wind field will add to the perils as the storm grinds over beaches and inland.

"It truly is really about the whole size of this storm", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham told The Associated Press.

Hurricane-like conditions are expected to arrive in the areas covered by warnings by Thursday night or early Friday.

Korea War veteran, Ed Coddington, 83, second from right, and wife Esther, 78, wait with Markia McCleod, rear, her aunt Ernestine McCleod and daughter Keymoni, 4, in a shelter for Hurricane Florence to pass after evacuating from their nearby homes in Conway, S.C., Sept 12, 2018. Forecasters predict it will make landfall between Thursday and Friday. Areas further from the coast could see 6-12in of rain.

Florence is joined by Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene in this snapshot taken Tuesday some 1 million miles away via NASA's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) on the DSCOVR satellite.

The latest storm surge has some areas under over 8 feet of water.

Hurricane hunter aircraft also fly through the storm, taking data on wind speed to figure out exactly how intense Florence is at any given moment. Forecasters are also tracking two other disturbances.

Meanwhile, lane reversals on USA 501 ended at noon and reversals on I-26 will end at 6 p.m., allowing state police and transportation workers to get to a safe location before the storm hits.

Wilmington, North Carolina, just north of where the hurricane is expected to come ashore, was sunny around midday on Wednesday as the town appeared to be emptying. Many shallowly rooted trees will be snapped or uprooted and block numerous roads.

Because the storm will slow it moves over the eastern Carolinas, these wind impacts will be magnified.

Duke Energy Corp expected between 25 percent and 75 percent of its 4 million customers would lose power in the Carolinas.

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