‘Monster’ Hurricane Florence takes aim at US Southeast

Olive Hawkins
September 15, 2018

Beach communities in North and SC emptied out on Wednesday as Hurricane Florence threatened to unleash pounding surf and potentially deadly flooding as the most powerful storm to make a direct hit on the states in decades.

Hurricane Helene is moving north, where it's expected to become a tropical storm on Thursday.

Forecasters and politicians pleaded with the public to take the warnings seriously and minced no words in describing the threat.

Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and the rain and storm surge will make Florence extremely risky.

He added: "The waves and the wind this storm may bring is nothing like you've ever seen".

Their entire neighborhood evacuated in Wilmington, North Carolina, David and Janelle Garrigus planned to ride out Florence at their daughter's one-bedroom apartment in Charlotte. "Don't bet your life on riding out a monster".

This means the storm will have less of an impact in northern North Carolina and southern Virginia and more of an impact on southern North Carolina, South Carolina and northern Georgia.

Governor Cooper said the state would arrange a visit by Trump "at an appropriate time".

More than one million people have been ordered to evacuate the coastline of the three states, while university campuses, schools and factories were being shuttered. But getting out of harm's way could prove hard.

Residents prepared by boarding up their homes and stocking up on food, water and other essentials, stripping grocery store shelves of merchandise.

Moe's agency is also taking steps to protect its data center about a half-hour south of Richmond, bringing in fuel for backup generators and running tests of the facility's water pumps. "We have two boats and all our worldly possessions", said Susan Patchkofsky, who refused her family's pleas to evacuate and stayed at Emerald Isle with her husband.

According to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, people caught in a Category 4 storm can expect to see "catastrophic damage".

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Rather than pushing up toward western Virginia, the storm's center is now predicted to move across the middle of SC . Communities could lose electricity for weeks, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said.

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SATURDAY: The southward motion of the storm after it makes landfall will likely leave the D.C. region with mostly clear skies on Saturday.

Federal officials begged residents to put together emergency kits and have a plan on where to go. "Stay on guard. This is a powerful storm that can kill".

"This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast", said Jeff Byard, the associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

"It's the most deadly part of the hurricane that comes in".

Rain measured in feet is "looking likely", he said. After that point, it would be hard for people in the storm's path to either finish preparations or flee affected areas.

Paula Matheson of Springfield, Oregon, got the full Southern experience during her 10-week RV vacation: hot weather, good food, lovely beaches and, finally, a hurricane evacuation.

Liberty Mutual Insurance and Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company write the most commercial property insurance coverage in North and SC, according to a report on Wednesday by Moody's, citing data from SNL Financial. The water was fabulous.

By late afternoon, the centre of the storm was about 25 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

But while wind speed offers an easily quantifiable way to rate unsafe storms, forecasters are warning people not to fixate on that, saying that saltwater from the storm surge and freshwater from heavy rains pose a serious threat, no matter what the top winds are when the hurricane makes landfall.

In the six decades since, many thousands of people have moved to the coast. Its hurricane-force winds extend up to 60 miles from the storm's center.

Typically, local governments in North Carolina make the call on evacuations.

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