Bracing for Hurricane Florence | Don't Miss This

16 September, 2018, 13:32 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • A satellite image showing Hurricane Florence in the Atlantic Ocean this week

That's because the weather systems that usually push and pull a storm are disappearing as Florence nears land around the border between North and SC.

And Florence will nearly surely depress auto production in SC, where Volvo already has closed a new factory near Charleston because it's in an area under mandatory evacuation orders, said spokesman Russell Datz.

It's unclear exactly how many people fled, but more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.

The Republican candidate for OH governor has paid for ad time on The Weather Channel as it gears up for coverage of Hurricane Florence.

Forecasters say Florence, the first major hurricane to take direct aim at the US mainland this year, could batter coastal areas with whipping winds, torrential rain and storm surges as high as 9 feet. While inland areas may be spared the strongest winds, they could be vulnerable to flooding, especially if close to overflowing rivers.

Hurricane Florence has begun to batter the Carolina coast, and she's not going away anytime soon. That's enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with almost 4 inches (10 centimeters) of water, he calculated.

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More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters. He confirmed that due to rising waters, some people are waiting for rescue in their attics and on their roofs.

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The coastal area of SC features hundreds of inlets while North Carolina has barrier islands miles away from the mainland. More than 12,000 people were in shelters in North Carolina and 400 in Virginia, where the forecast was less dire.

The S.C. National Guard has mobilized 1,600 soldiers and airmen to respond to the hurricane.

Florence's forward movement during the day slowed to a near-standstill - sometimes it was going no faster than a human can walk - and that enabled it to pile on the rain. The commanding general says anyone remaining on base will have food, water and protection despite being in the projected path of the storm.

The wide storm has weakened to a Category 2 hurricane and forecasters expect top winds to drop more as it nears the shore, but they're sharing a giant dose of uncertainty.

Fountain said most storms are an inconvenience, "but Hurricane Florence will be a life-changing event for many people here in the Carolinas".

Reacting to the possibility of a more southerly track, Georgia governor Nathan Deal declared an emergency but did not immediately order any evacuations. The Outer Banks of North Carolina took the initial brunt Thursday afternoon, with parts of Highway 12 - the main road that runs through Ocracoke and Hatteras islands - flooding and becoming impassable. At least two dozen utility trucks gathered near Charlotte Motor Speedway to prepare to move in and start restoring power as soon as conditions are safe. North Carolina's Duplin and Sampson counties, just inland, sell more hogs and pigs than anywhere else in America. Some of those who stayed went to shelters while others stuck it out in their homes.Maysie Baumgardner, 7, and her family sheltered at the Hotel Ballast in downtown Wilmington as Florence filled the streets with floodwaters. Meteorologists are warning residents of inland Virginia, North Carolina, and SC of possible inland flooding if the storm stalls out as many models are predicting.

Aside from safety concerns, Atlantic Coast Conference schools face scheduling obstacles, monetary implications and bowl considerations.

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