Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
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Hurricane Florence now category 3 storm

Hurricane Florence now category 3 storm

She said at least 60 to 80 of their 180 rooms are booked by people fleeing from SC or North Carolina, but they have plenty of practice housing evacuees since many leave the Jacksonville beaches when hurricanes pass through the area.

A National Weather Service satellite monitoring Hurricane Florence has recorded a wave reaching 83 feet in the storm churning in the Atlantic Ocean. In contrast to the hurricane center's official projection, a highly regarded European model had the storm turning southward off the North Carolina coast and coming ashore near the Georgia-South Carolina line.

So far, it's estimate more than 1.7 million Americans have heeded the warnings about Hurricane Florence.

Weather Underground meteorology director Jeff Masters said Florence eventually could strike as merely a Category 1 hurricane with winds less than 100 miles per hour (160 kph), but that's still enough to cause at least $1 billion in damage.

The ECU Athletics Department said in a released statement, "A decision was made to relocate the East Carolina University football team to Orlando by bus early Wednesday morning".

Morgan is one of several people who arrived at Cleveland Hopkins Airport on a flight from Charlotte late Wednesday afternoon, trying to get out of the path of Hurricane Florence.


Emergency preparations in the area included activating 2,800 National Guard troops in North Carolina, stockpiling food, setting up shelters, switching traffic patterns so that major roads led away from shore and securing 16 nuclear power reactors in the three-state region.

As of 8 p.m., the storm was centered 335 miles (540 kilometers) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving northwest at 16 mph (26 kph). "It's going to happen. I have big, huge pine trees in my yard and a one story house with a lot of windows, so I'm really anxious what I'm gonna find when I get home", Morgan said.

"I've never seen the president and all these other people talk the way they're talking", he said while waiting for an evacuation bus. "But no matter how bad it's going to be, it will pass and our job will be to rebuild this community together, and that's what we're going to do".

Of the Atlantic's two active hurricanes - Florence and Helene - Florence posed the greatest threat to land, as it neared the Carolinas and Virginia as a Category 3 hurricane.

Sib McLellan, left, and his wife, Lisa, prepare for Hurricane Florence. REUTERS/Randall HillThe beach along the pier is empty ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, U.S. September 12, 2018.

"A lot of our storefronts are boarded up", said Lynn Davis, town manager for Belhaven which sits at sea level in northeastern North Carolina.

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