Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
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‘Storm of lifetime’: Hurricane Florence barrels toward Carolinas as residents flee

‘Storm of lifetime’: Hurricane Florence barrels toward Carolinas as residents flee

Deal's emergency declaration cited potential "changes in the storm's trajectory" as well as an influx of evacuees coming to Georgia from the Carolinas.

Predictions now have the storm stalling and making a slight southward turn after it makes landfall.

Weather experts have warned the Category 4 hurricane is expected bring extreme storm surge and wind, and prolonged rain that could cause inland flooding, The News & Observer reported.

Jeff Byard of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said it was imperative locals heed the evacuation warnings.

Meteorologists have given Hurricane Florence, which is now heading towards the U.S., a category four level strength, meaning the storm could cause major structural damage costing millions.

The 8 a.m. forecast on Hurricane Florence reinforces projections that the storm's path will shift slightly to the southeast as it closes in on the Carolinas.

However, her agency was prepared to assist neighboring SC and North Carolina, which are in the landfall bullseye for Category 4 Hurricane Florence, according to some computer models. However, it is becoming more certain that Florence will bring a unsafe storm surge to the Carolina coast and life-threatening flooding.


The governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia ordered mandatory evacuation in areas of their states earlier this week. "This will allow us to take care of our community and also be prepared should the need arise to assist others", Walker said.

Beyond the Carolinas and Virginia, which were expected to bear the brunt of the storm, rain and flooding were expected through next week in certain parts of Tennessee, Georgia, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

A steady stream of vehicles full of people and belongings flowed inland Tuesday, and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper tried to convince everyone to flee.

It was a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm but was expected to keep drawing energy from the warm water and intensify to near Category 5, which means winds of 157 miles per hour (253 kph) or higher. Current forecasts call for Florence to be at least a Category 3 storm when it arrives at the Carolinas.

While residents said they planned to stay put despite hurricane watches and warnings that include the homes of more than 5.4 million people on the East Coast, many weren't taking any chances.

Helene was weakening, however, and posed no danger to land, the NHC said, while Isaac could bring heavy rain to Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe.

Residents along the coast boarded up their homes, lined up at gas stations and emptied supermarket shelves.

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