Don't Be Fooled by Hurricane Florence Being 'Downgraded.' It's Still Very Dangerous

Olive Hawkins
September 14, 2018

The Charleston area will see winds near tropical storm strength of 40 miles per hour and somewhere between 3 to 6 inches of rain. More flights were expected to be grounded and more airports were preparing to shut down operations as the storm moves inland.

In its 0600 GMT advisory, the center said Florence was over the Atlantic Ocean about 55km east of Wilmington, North Carolina and moving northwest at 10km per hour. "The actual landfall - when the center of the eye reaches land - will be Friday afternoon at the earliest, said Neil Jacobs of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration", writes.

"It truly is really about the whole size of this storm", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said.

"But it could have a positive effect on eastern parts because it could also bring tropical air". They also have three dogs and three parrots.

Holly Waters, 54, a retired special education teacher from Wilmington, said she was happy to have a place to go to relax before the storm worsened.

"We live in a mobile home so we were just like 'No way, '" she said.

"Since my husband retired and my health declined, we have his retirement as an income".

"It doesn't matter how much money you have or how many generators you have if you can't get gas", she said.

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"This is an excellent opportunity for all of us to remind individuals that these storms can come up quickly, and we need to be prepared", County Executive Don Mohler said. It's a kind gesture but doesn't alleviate Browning's fear.

"We're watching [Florence], but it's not going to affect us in the near term", Tome said. "But I think it'll be OK".

Many people in coastal communities have followed the mandatory evacuation orders, but some are vowing to stay put and ride it out.

"Your time is running out", Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said midmorning Thursday.

"Inland flooding kills a lot of people unfortunately and that's what we're about to see". Some regions are expected to receive more than 20 inches of rain from the hurricane and its giant knot of storm clouds.

Roads and intersections on North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands were inundated.

More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm approached, and more than 12,000 were in shelters. Sand dunes gone storm surge 4' into house knocking down walls first floor.

Click on the videos below for a live look at the storm's impact in North and SC. If you didn't know all those things, the picture of Florence taken from space would still fill you with foreboding. Florence, a storm expected to significantly impact the U.S. Forecasters predict it will make landfall between Thursday and Friday. Hurricane Helene is veering toward Europe.

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