Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
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Virginia Tech Apologizes for Insensitive Since-Deleted Tweet on Hurricane Florence

Virginia Tech Apologizes for Insensitive Since-Deleted Tweet on Hurricane Florence

A monster. A once-in-a-lifetime storm.

Myrtle Beach's Ocean Boulevard was practically empty at midday on Wednesday, September 12, as the SC town prepared for the arrival of Hurricane Florence.

Images captured by Associated Press journalists show the angst of evacuation and solitary beachgoers finding moments of calm before the storm.

NOAA crews aren't the only ones flying into Hurricane Florence.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe, while a tropical storm watch had gone into effect for Antigua, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saba and St. Eustatius, St. Martin and St. Maarten. Cloud cover that could encompass multiple states.

Florence is now churning through the Atlantic, only a few hundred miles off the coast of Wilmington, N.C.

Anxious about how the government will respond to Hurricane Florence's devastation?

As Florence drew near, President Donald Trump tweeted that FEMA and first responders are "supplied and ready", and he disputed the official conclusion that almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico, claiming the figure was a Democratic plot to make him look bad. His remarks fell flat in Puerto Rico where islanders are continuing to struggle to recover a year after the Category 4 storm.

Florence's weakening as it neared the coast created tension between some who left home and authorities who anxious that the storm could still be deadly.

Aside from wind-shear dangers, concerns are now shifting to flooding and storm surge issues.

Duke Energy told The Associated Press that damage from Hurricane Florence could cut off electricity to three-quarters of some 4 million customers in the Carolinas. But it could have been worse: Labor Day marked the end of the peak tourism season in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and other coastal getaways.

At Nags Head on North Carolina's Hatteras Island, only a few people remained to take photos of angry waves topped with white froth.

The result: Catastrophic inland flooding that could swamp homes, businesses, farm fields and industrial sites.

A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life- threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.

Some weakening has occurred today, but there will be one last window tonight and early tomorrow for Florence to have another shot at strengthening a bit before its center begins to reach the southern North Carolina/northern SC coasts. As of Wednesday afternoon, chances of Invest 95L becoming a named storm were low; but if it does reach tropical storm force before any other systems, it will take the name Kirk. She said a hurricane has a way of bringing everyone to the same level.

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