Airlines begin canceling flights at RDU as Hurricane Florence nears the Carolinas

Olive Hawkins
September 13, 2018

Hurricane Florence is approaching the southeastern coast of the US with wind speeds of about 120 miles per hour.

"If you aren't under evacuation orders, now's the time to finish preparations and get ready to hunker down", Cooper said. With the storm continuing to track farther south, the Triangle can expect to see about 3 to 6 inches of rain.

Mr Cooper's warnings were echoed by his SC counterpart, Henry McMaster, who stated that emergency services may not be able to reach residents if they remain in areas where evacuation orders have been issued.

North Carolina resident Roberto Guzman carries belongings from his mobile home as he leaves Wilmington a day before the storm is due to strike.

Many nursing-home and elder-care institutions throughout the Carolinas closed and evacuated their residents in advance of Florence, anxious about a repeat of last year's deaths of elderly residents after Hurricane Irma struck Florida.

"We are on the wrong side of this storm where most of the damage is done", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said at a Wednesday briefing on the storm.

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Yesterday officials in Beaufort County, home to Hilton Head Island, held a news conference and urged people to leave voluntarily. Wilmington, North Carolina , just north of where Florence appeared headed for shore, grew empty and quiet on Wednesday.

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Across several eastern states, residents scrambled to leave as the Category 4 storm, with winds of 225kmh, approached. But forecasters say there's an increased chance for tropical storm winds to reach Savannah.

With Hurricane Florence set to wallop the area as a Category 4 hurricane, there are fears the ponds could overflow or even collapse amid extremely heavy rain, sending vast amounts of manure from thousands of farms into rivers and contaminating groundwater.

"We do not want to risk one SC life in this hurricane", the governor told reporters.

Eventually, Florence will veer north into the Appalachian Mountains, bringing soaking rains to Virginia and western North Carolina, before sputtering out late next week near DE and Maryland, the FWS reported. "It's going to happen". Parts of North Carolina could get 1m of rainfall. "As they move in with us and seek to experience a better life, we want to make sure that when things are at their worst, that they're taken care of".

Officials in New Hanover County, which includes Wilmington, have stockpiled enough food and water for 60,000 people for four days, along with more than 28,000 tarps. So we're going to have delayed impacts from this even after landfall on Friday.

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