Airlines Waiving Change Fees Ahead of Hurricane Florence

Olive Hawkins
September 12, 2018

A steady stream of vehicles full of people and belongings flowed inland on Tuesday, and North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper tried to convince everyone to flee. We can not rule such extremes out should Florence stall out near the coast, or just inland.

Hurricane warnings have been issued by the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) for portions of SC and North Carolina due to Hurricane Florence, according to the agency's 5 p.m. update on September 11. A steady stream of vehicles filled with people and belongings is moving inland.

"The reason there are going to be more major hurricanes is not necessarily there are going to be that many more storms.it's really the fact that those storms are going to get there faster", said Kieran Bhatia, lead author of the new research in the Journal of Climate.

Florence was ranked as a Category 4 storm but was expected to keep drawing energy from the warm water.

The storm will also have stronger winds than Hugo did if Florence strengthens as predicted.

The Category 4 weakened slightly to 130 miles per hour in the morning but was expected to re-intensify later Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Forecasters say the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Wednesday, and approach the coast of the Carolinas in the hurricane warning area on Thursday and Friday.

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To hasten evacuations in SC , officials reversed the flow of traffic on some highways so all major roads led away from the shore. Florence, it said, will bring "life-threatening storm surge and rainfall to portions of the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic".

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"The time to prepare is nearly over", said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper at a Wednesday morning news conference. "This is the craziest one". And the longer a hurricane hovers over land, the more rain it dumps on the same place. Roberts said he's telling them to get out of town.

Sharp said weather conditions will deteriorate as we go through the day on Thursday with rain, a little wind and the chance of tornadoes.

Officials in Virginia Beach have announced that several shelters have been opened ahead of Hurricane Florence's arrival. "But on rare occasions, the steering patterns can line up such that a storm slips into a dead zone between troughs and ridges".

Despite all that, 65-year-old Liz Browning Fox plans to ride the storm out in the Outer Banks village of Buxton, North Carolina, despite a mandatory evacuation order. "Everyone was sold out", she said. We'll handle it, we're ready, we're able, we've got the finest people, I think, anywhere in the world.

"This paper doesn't really say what we've had so far, if there's a trend", said Bhatia. Eastbound lanes of Interstate 26 heading into Charleston and US 501 heading into Myrtle Beach will be reversed when the order takes effect. At this time, residents in Zone A in Virginia Beach have been ordered to evacuate.

An American astronaut posted two additional photographs from the International Space Station, showing the storm aimed at Cape Hatteras, a thin and vulnerable strand of islands that jut out from North Carolina.

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