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

Hurricane Florence now a Category 2, but remains ‘extremely dangerous’

Hurricane Florence now a Category 2, but remains ‘extremely dangerous’

Faced with new forecasts that showed a more southerly threat, Georgia's governor joined his counterparts in Virginia and North and SC in declaring a state of emergency, and some residents who had thought they were safely out of range boarded up their homes.

Hurricane Florence is seen from the International Space Station as it churns in the Atlantic Ocean towards the east coast of the United States, September 10, 2018. The storm will most likely strike the coast of North Carolina or SC by late Thursday.

This was clearly a pre-written tweet timed to be released at 3:00 p.m., but the timing of it seems like a clear attack on East Carolina and their "fear" of playing Virginia Tech through a deadly hurricane.

The storm is moving steadily toward the Carolinas' coastal areas. However, while the hurricane hasn't strengthened in terms of peak winds, the inner-core and outer wind fields have continued to expand, resulting in an increase the cyclone's total energy, which will create a significant storm surge event.

Forecasters said wind speeds have dropped from a high of 140 miles per hour (225 kph) to 110 miles per hour (175 kph), reducing it from a Category 4 storm to a Category 2, and additional fluctuations and weakening were likely as it swirled toward land.

On Thursday, as the middle schoolers and all other public school students throughout Sumter and 25 other counties had a hurricane-induced vacation from school - starting Tuesday and until further notice - Goldstein sent an email with photos of Florence, which Sumter School District posted on Facebook.

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Emergency preparations in the area included activating 2,800 National Guard troops in North Carolina, stockpiling food, setting up shelters, switching traffic patterns so that major roads led away from shore and securing 16 nuclear power reactors in the three-state region.

With 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. "We just need to figure out how to make it through".

Officials in New Hanover County, which includes Wilmington, have stockpiled enough food and water for 60,000 people for four days, along with more than 28,000 tarps.

"I've been watching the weather and they've been saying about the evacuation and she's like family and I didn't want her stuck in that", said Morton. "It's a big one", he said at the White House.

"We're a good community up there".

"I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence", Deal said. Smaller enclaves of Gullah, referred to as Geechee in some areas, are scattered along the Southeast coast from North Carolina to Florida.

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