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

Hurricane Florence's Path Remains Uncertain As Storm Closes In On Carolinas

This enhanced satellite image shows Hurricane Florence off the eastern coast of the United States on Wednesday.

Those facing the most serious threat are in the Carolinas, as Category 4 Hurricane Florence barrels toward the coast, with an expected landfall Friday.

Florence is forecast to dump up to 40 inches (one meter) of rain in some areas after it makes landfall in North and SC.

Hurricane Florence evacuees were met with standstill traffic on Interstate 95 late Wednesday afternoon extending more than 30 miles north of the South Carolina-Georgia border, according to the South Carolina Department of Transportation's 511 traffic map.

Hurricane, tropical-storm and storm-surge watches and warnings now cover 10 million people from North and SC to Virginia.

Benson was not under a mandatory evacuation, but this time she made a decision to head north, driving 10 hours from Lumberton, North Carolina to her parents' home in Kingston.

Across the Piedmont, Charlotte could see around five to 10 inches of rain.

Last minute preps as we begin to feel the first effects of Florence in Wilmington.

The result: Catastrophic inland flooding that could swamp homes, businesses, farm fields and industrial sites.

The projected path of Hurricane Florence continues to track farther south, according to the midday Wednesday report from the National Hurricane Center.

That is causing the so called "cone of uncertainty" to expand.

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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.

Hurricane-force winds (74-95 mph) are now extending out up to 70 miles from the center of the storm, and tropical-storm-force winds are being felt as much as 175 miles around the storm.

Tropical storm force winds are in the 39-73 miles per hour range, says NOAA.

On the forecast track, the center of Florence will approach the coasts of North and SC on Thursday, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and eastern SC in the hurricane warning area on Thursday night and Friday.

"Life-threatening flash flooding is possible with Isaac".

"Florence is forecast to be an extremely risky major hurricane as it approaches the US coast", the NHC said.

Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall between Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Wilmington, N.C., and from there it could turn any direction, said Kip Bricker, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service at Jacksonville International Airport.

Hurricane Florence, once rumored to strike as a Category-5 storm, will strike with less powerful wind, but it will drop much more rain on the area than initially expected.

Florence is now churning through the Atlantic, only a few hundred miles off the coast of Wilmington, N.C.

Florence was located about 325 miles (520 km) east-southeast of Myrtle beach, South Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour (175 km per hour), the Miami, Florida-based weather forecaster said.

Water could reach as high as 4 feet from Edisto Beach to the South Santee River.

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