Hurricane Florence Forecast To Shift South

Olive Hawkins
September 14, 2018

"Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you".

Florence is now churning through the Atlantic, only a few hundred miles off the coast of Wilmington, N.C.

Recent tracking maps show Florence stalking near the coast line, increasing the chances of flooding across four states.

Though Florence has weakened slightly, it's still a very risky storm, and a life-threatening storm surge and rainfall are expected.

'This storm is a monster. The National Weather Service is warning residents of the South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia coastlines that life-threatening storm surge is "highly likely", with water levels predicted to reach 9-13 feet in some areas.

The NHC said the first tropical storm-force winds of at least 39 miles per hour (63 kph) would hit the region early on Thursday with the storm's center reaching the coast Friday.

Up to 1.7 million people are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders, and coastal residents were frantically boarding up homes and businesses and hitting the road on Wednesday as the storm approached.

"Get out of its way, don't play games with it, it's a big one, maybe as big as they've seen", Trump said. "We are ready. We're as ready as anybody's ever been".

The president said: "The safety of American people is my absolute highest priority".

"This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding", the NHC said.

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More than 10 million people are under storm warnings in the Carolinas and Virginia according to the National Weather Service. For those in any region that is forecasted to get around or above 4 to 6 inches of rain, take special note.

Forecast models predict Florence's center may slow to a crawl just off North Carolina early Friday and make a southwesterly turn - punishing the coast while moving perhaps only 2 to 3 miles per hour. The storm is expected to slowly move inland, battering much of the United States coast for days. But it could have been worse: Labor Day marked the end of the peak tourism season in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and other coastal getaways.

Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington states have all already declared states of emergency ahead of the storm.

As of Wednesday morning, Florence was centered more than 500 miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving west-northwestward. "There's nobody left to work".

"Even the rescuers can not stay there", he said. REUTERS/Chris KeanePeople walk past a boarded up building before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Carolina Beach, North Carolina, U.S., September 12, 2018.

"What can you do?" she asked.

In a trailer park outside Wilmington, Alondra Espinoza was preparing to leave with her two young children. "I want to get them as far away as possible".

Susan Faulkenberry Panousis said she has stayed on Bald Head during prior hurricanes, but not this time.

About 300,000 people have been evacuated from South Carolina, McMaster said.

Despite pleas from officials, some residents ignored calls to evacuate.

For the first time since since 2008, the Atlantic has for named storms simultaneously.

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