Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
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These 4 reasons make Hurricane Florence extremely risky

These 4 reasons make Hurricane Florence extremely risky

The projected path for Hurricane Florence shifted south toward SC, according to a Wednesday morning updated from the National Weather Service, means the Triangle could avoid a direct hit as the Category 4 storm moves inland.

The Category 4 weakened slightly to 130 miles per hour in the morning but was expected to re-intensify later Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center. But, it's the water, not the wind, that has the potential to make the storm so deadly, experts say.

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, Florence was 435 miles from Wilmington, N.C., moving northwest at 16 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Wrap up your preparations today and make plans to get to your safe place by Wednesday night or first thing Thursday morning in advance of Hurricane Florence.

Federal Emergency Management Agency associate administrator Jeff Byard said: "This is not going to be a glancing blow".

"Hurricane Florence is rapidly approaching the coastline and we wanted to preemptively offer disaster relief for those who stand to be impacted by the storm", Mack said in a statement to HuffPost.

As of Tuesday, about 1.7 million people in North and SC and Virginia were under warnings to evacuate the coast, and hurricane watches and warnings extended across an area with about 5.4 million residents.

Some 38cm (15in) to 64cm (25in) of rain is forecast in some areas - with up to one metre (40in) at the centre of the storm.


"Florence is going to drop tremendous amount of rain, not as much as [Hurricane] Harvey brought to Texas but there will nearly definitely be flooding", Salna says.

"This storm is going to be a direct hit". And there will be flooding in the inland areas as well.

For a swath of the North Carolina shore from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, the storm surge could range from 9-13 feet, the NHC said.

Sharp doesn't like to compare hurricanes because each one is different, but he did note that Florence is a stronger storm than Matthew, which hit the state in 2016. "Everyone was sold out", she said.

In neighboring Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan said his state was readying for potentially "historic and catastrophic rainfall, life-threatening flooding, and high winds".

SC authorities have turned four motorways into one-way routes away from the coast to speed the exodus.

In a morning news conference, Gov. Roy Cooper warned that residents in every part of North Carolina will feel Florence's impact this weekend and should prepare - especially for flooding.

More than 5.4 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches on the US East Coast, according to the NWS, and another four million people were under a tropical storm watch. In the Wilmington area, Florence could batter the coast with 140 miles per hour winds and more than 20 inches of rain.

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