Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Gov. Deal issues state of emergency for Georgia

"Forecasts generally project the storm to make landfall between northern SC and North Carolina's Outer Banks as a strong Category 3 on Thursday, although shifts in the track are possible and storm impacts will expand great distances beyond where landfall occurs".

Florence could then move slowly along the North Carolina and SC line then possibly move down the SC coast before actually making landfall later this weekend.

Florence is predicted to make landfall tomorrow, with states of emergency in effect in North and SC and Virginia.

Florence is the most risky of three tropical systems in the Atlantic.

Gov. Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency around noon Wednesday ahead of the storm that covered all 159 counties within Georgia.

In a videotaped message from the White House, US President Donald Trump said the government is fully prepared for Florence but urged people to "get out of its way". The National Hurricane Center forecasts that the slower storm could bring as much as 40 inches of rain in places. North and SC and Virginia declared emergencies earlier in the week.

"Once the storm starts to move inland it will break apart", Jones explained. Although the latest tracks suggest that the center of the storm will pass to our south, we'll still likely feel some effects as early as Thursday.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned that staying put would be a grave mistake.

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Abigail Darlington, covers the city of Charleston for the South Carolina Post and Courier.

Hurricane-force winds now extend up to 80 miles from the eye of the storm, and tropical-storm-force winds now extend up to 195 miles from the center of the storm. Many major roads and arteries have reversed traffic flow to help residents evacuate quickly.

"Been through it!" Belli said, referring to Hurricane Hugo, which caused widespread damage in SC in 1989.

A state of emergency has been declared in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington amid concern over potential torrential rain and flooding.

And it led to mixed signals from officials in SC, whose governor had canceled mandatory evacuation for several coastal counties.

The impact of storm surge on the coast will depend on whether the storm's arrival coincides with high tide.

The storm's surge, the rise in sea water above normally dry land at the coast, could reach up to 13 feet at peak.

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