Hurricane Florence evacuations expand, with 'disaster at doorstep'

Olive Hawkins
September 13, 2018

Forecasters with The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang are now saying Florence is a Category 4 storm that could bring very unsafe winds, flash flooding and power outages.

"It's going to destroy homes", said Jeff Byard, an official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Those facing the most serious threat are in the Carolinas, as Category 4 Hurricane Florence barrels toward the coast, with an expected landfall Friday.

After making landfall this Friday (Sept. 14), the massive storm will now "wobble" southward and then head west, making a "big, grand tour" of the southeastern United States, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) meteorologist Kevin Scasny said in a statement released today (Sept. 12).

"The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety", Deal said.

'I can't emphasise enough the potential for unbelievable damage from wind, storm surge and inland flooding with this storm'. 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.

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Another commenter said: 'That hurricane better be taking me to dinner first'.

One woman told MSNBC she would be staying at home in Wilmington, NC with her two children despite the storm.

"This is a real hurricane that we have coming and our goal is to protect lives and property", said Steve Goldstein, NOAA liaison to FEMA.

SC ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents while North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination.

More than 1 million have been ordered to evacuate the coastlines of the Carolinas and Virginia.

When the National Hurricane Updates shared a map of the category four hurricane, dubbed "the storm of a lifetime", on Facebook, people were quick to compare the pink round-headed shape displaying the devastation to something a lot less serious. "There's no canned goods", Kristin Harrington said as she shopped at a Walmart in Wilmington. Tropical Storm Isaac was east of the Lesser Antilles and expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba, while Hurricane Helene was moving northward away from land.

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