Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

These neighbors are riding out Hurricane Florence on an island

As Carolinas bear down for Hurricane Florence, it looks as if Maryland will miss worst of storm 'It Wants to Get Stronger': NOAA Hurricane Hunter Flies into Florence
Glenn Montgomery | 13 September, 2018, 13:42

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.

If some of the computer projections hold, "it's going to come roaring up to the coast Thursday night and say, 'I'm not sure I really want to do this, and I'll just take a tour of the coast and decide where I want to go inland, '" said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the private Weather Underground forecasting service.

Duke Energy, the nation's No. 2 power company, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks. It's possible that a storm surge between one and three feet may impact coastal Chesapeake Bay areas.

Hurricane Florence weakened to a Category 2 on Wednesday, but it's still expected to bring "life-threatening" surges and rainfall to the Southeast, meteorologists warned.

Trump and officials urged residents in the path of the storm to evacuate before it is too late.

. Over 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders.

Packing maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour (225 km per hour), Florence's trajectory showed its center most likely to strike the southern coast of North Carolina by Friday, the National Hurricane Center said. It is an extremely, dangerous, life-threatening, historic hurricane, ' said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.

Officials say Hurricane Florence is likely to make landfall in southeastern North Carolina near the SC border. And there will be flooding in the inland areas as well.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency "in light of the storm's forecasted southward track after making landfall".

"All my staff are gone", Thompson said. "The building's solid and Buddha will protect us".

In a trailer park outside Wilmington, Alondra Espinoza was preparing to leave with her two young children. "Everyone was sold out", she said. "If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have minded staying here".

"In general, we're expecting see somewhere between 5-10" of rain from Florence.

More than one million people have been ordered to evacuate the coastlines of the Carolinas and Virginia. It could stall just off the coast and then drift south along the SC coast and possibly make a landfall as a weaker system if it doesn't make it clearly over the coast of North Carolina.

A large rain cloud passes over a day before the arrival of hurricane Florence in Wilmington, N.C. on September 12, 2018.

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