Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
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Beach Town's Main Drag Empty Ahead of Hurricane Florence

Beach Town's Main Drag Empty Ahead of Hurricane Florence

The cone of probability for Hurricane Florence as of 11:00 p.m. EDT, Sept. 13, 2018.

At 8:00 pm (0000 GMT), the eye of the storm was 335 miles (540 kms) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving northwest at 16 mph (26 kph).

More than 1.7 million people were warned to evacuate and get out of the way of the "life-threatening" storm's path.

Hours later, Mr Trump approved emergency declarations for both coastal states, a move allowing the release of federal funds and equipment to help protection and recovery efforts.

Florence's winds weakened as it drew closer to land, dropping from a peak of 140 miles per hour (225 kph) earlier in the week, and the hurricane was downgraded from a terrifying Category 4 to a 1.

NHC Director Ken Graham said on Facebook the storm surges could push in as far as 2 miles (3 km). Tidal creeks throughout Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender counties will also be at risk.

A National Weather Service forecaster said: "This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast". "I encourage Georgians to be prepared for the inland effects of the storm as well as the ensuing storm surge in coastal areas". For comparison, Hurricane Irene caused a 7-foot surge in 2011, and Hurricane Hazel caused an 18-foot surge in Calabash and Carolina Shores in 1954.

Three feet of storm surge moving onto the coastline will result in higher tides and higher water moving onshore. The hurricane center also adjusted its projected track but stayed north of what most computer models were showing to prove some continuity with past forecasts.


For the first time since since 2008, the Atlantic has for named storms simultaneously.

The latest flash flood predictions for Friday and Saturday.

When it comes to floods, extreme caution has been advised by state and local officials: just several inches of running floodwater can knock a full-grown person off their feet, and just a foot of running water can sweep a medium-sized passenger vehicle off the road.

The video was recently captured by scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) aboard a specialized four-engine aircraft.

Latest reports have the center of Florence approaching the coasts of North and SC on Thursday.

Masters said there's a tug-of-war between two clear skies high pressure systems - one off the coast and one over MI - and the more the Great Lakes one wins, the more southerly Florence will be.

Forecasters say the storm poses such a threat because it is expected to slow down and hover for almost two days over the Carolina coast, before dipping south towards Georgia.

Some Florence evacuees are steering toward Bristol Motor Speedway near the Tennessee-Virginia border and Atlanta Motor Speedway, where campgrounds have been opened for people fleeing the storm.

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