Florence path shifts, could impact Middle Georgia late this weekend

Olive Hawkins
September 12, 2018

Forecasts showed the storm lingering near the coast of the Carolinas, carrying days of heavy rains that could bring intense inland flooding from SC to Virginia. The math was based on the projected state average of 10.1 inches of rainfall for that time span.

The lingering storm could bring days of heavy rains, which could spark intense floods from SC to Virginia.

The federal government was "absolutely, totally prepared" for Florence, the president said, according to a live stream of his press conference at the White House. "We know the storm surge is going to be significant".

The National Hurricane Centre said 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 or higher.

Florence exploded into a potentially catastrophic hurricane Monday as it closed in on North and SC, carrying winds up to 140 miles per hour (220 kph) and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week.

Here are five facts that show the power of this monster of a hurricane.

North and SC and Virginia declared emergencies earlier in the week.

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Residents are running out of time to evacuate before Hurricane Florence roars in to North and SC bringing potentially deadly flooding, officials warn.

People drive over a drawbridge in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., as they evacuate the area in advance of Hurricane Florence, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. It's big and it's vicious.

Forecasters do not expect that strength to change much before it makes landfall late Thursday or early Friday near the North Carolina-South Carolina border. "It's going to be really, really bad along the coast", Trump said. As it turns into southern SC.

President Donald Trump has declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, saying the U.S. government is "absolutely, totally prepared" for Florence. "Storm surge watches are in effect in these areas - hurricane watches are in effect for coastal South Carolina, North Carolina".

Cooper, the governor of neighboring North Carolina, ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination, and parts of coastal Dare County.

"And that's saying a lot given the impacts we've seen from Hurricanes Diana, Hugo, Fran, Bonnie, Floyd, and Matthew", the organization said in a statement that was circulated on Twitter.

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