'GET OUT OF ITS WAY!': 'Monster' Hurricane Florence aims to drench Carolinas

13 September, 2018, 07:10 | Author: Dwayne Harmon

Hurricane Florence's projected track shifted somewhat south and west on Wednesday, with National Hurricane Center forecasters predicting that it could throw Georgia into peril as the storm moves inland.

More than 10 million people are in the crosshairs of Hurricane Florence as storm force winds move within hours of battering the USA east coast.

As of 8 p.m., the storm was centered 335 miles (540 kilometers) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving northwest at 16 mph (26 kph).

Ahead of Hurricane Florence's expected landfall Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott announced that the state will deploy resources to assist those affected in North and SC.

The state of North Carolina is preparing for a major storm.

"This is not going to be a glancing blow", Byard said, warning of power outages, road closures, infrastructure damage and potential loss of life.

Recent forecasts show that the storm, which is bearing down on the southeastern Atlantic coast, will have an impact on Columbia and the surrounding areas. North and SC and Virginia declared emergencies earlier in the week.

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"All interests from SC into the Mid-Atlantic region should ensure they have their hurricane plan in place and follow any advice given by local officials", the Hurricane Center said.

Duke Energy has around 4 million customers in North and SC, and says it could take several weeks to restore the electricity.

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

He said Wednesday it was imperative that locals heed evacuation warnings and that the time to flee Florence is now.

In Virginia, where about 245,000 residents were ordered to evacuate low-lying areas, officials urged people to remain away from home despite forecast changes showing Florence's path largely missing the state. Parts of North Carolina could get 1m of rainfall.

The trend is "exceptionally bad news", said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy, since it "smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge".

"There's really not a lot of good news", NOAA flight director Paul Flaherty said on "Shepard Smith Reporting". "There's no canned goods", Kristin Harrington said as she shopped at a Walmart in Wilmington. "Also, a little creepy".

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