Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
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President Trump on Hurricane Florence: 'Get out of its way'

President Trump on Hurricane Florence: 'Get out of its way'

Communities along the Carolina coast buttoned up against the onslaught of Hurricane Florence as forecasters Wednesday warned that the monstrous storm could hesitate just offshore for days - punishing a longer stretch of coastline harder than previously feared - before pushing inland over the weekend.

The latest forecasts show the storm lingering near the coast and bringing intense inland flooding from SC, where some areas could see as much as 40 inches (1m) of rain, to Virginia.

Florence is moving 16 miles per hour northwest with a maximum sustained wind of 120 miles per hour and the eye is expected to first land in southern North Carolina near the SC border.

"So if the hurricane does actually make it inland in North Carolina before making that turn west or south, that would further weaken the hurricane and potentially weaken the effects for the Beaufort area as it heads south or west".

"Forecasts generally project the storm to make landfall between northern SC and North Carolina's Outer Banks as a strong Category 3 on Thursday, although shifts in the track are possible and storm impacts will expand great distances beyond where landfall occurs".

"Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you".

Labor Day marked the end of the peak tourism season in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and other coastal getaways. Even normal water is warm enough for a storm to form there, but this adds to the storm's fuel and its rainfall.

For many of those under evacuation orders, getting out of harm's way has proved difficult, as airlines canceled flights and motorists had a hard time finding gas.

Some fluctuations in strength are expected through Thursday morning.

A view of Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper predicted tens of thousands of homes and businesses would be flooded in his state. The port in Charleston, South Carolina, though, was suspending operations from Thursday through Saturday and possibly on Sunday. Florence will then move generally northward across the western Carolinas and the central Appalachian Mountains early next week.

Experts are saying Florence, a "monster", could be one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the East Coast.

It will also pass directly over two nuclear power plants - the Brunswick Nuclear Plant, which is located 30 miles south of Wilmington, as well as the Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant in New Hill, about 23 miles from Raleigh.

"Just because we have a landfall to your south, that doesn't mean you're out of the woods, because the winds are huge around this system", NHC Director Ken Graham said, pointing out the wide risk of flooding.

An additional 25 percent of deaths are related to rain, he said.

"This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast", said Jeff Byard, the associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "It's called Mother Nature".

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