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

Marshall-South Carolina game cancelled by Hurricane Florence

Its maximum sustained winds slackened slightly to 125 mph, qualifying it as a Category 3 storm, but its wind field has grown, with hurricane-force winds extending out 70 miles from the center and tropical storm-force winds stretching as far as 175 miles from the storm's center.

"It certainly is a challenge forecasting precise impacts when its exact track won't be known until a day in advance", Landsea said.

Hurricane Florence is now hurtling toward North and SC and is forecast to bring unprecedented rainfall.

Florence, which is forecast to crawl up to the North Carolina coast later this week and turn slowly left, weakened Wednesday night as it continued toward the coastal Carolina areas, reported the National Hurricane Center.

"We're prepared with food and water that can last us a month", said Debbie Davis, a Carolina Forest resident.

Hurricane Florence is now barreling toward the East Coast and is forecast to bring, "life-threatening storm surge and rainfall... across portions of the Carolinas", according to NOAA's National Hurricane Center.

"Whether or not the game could have been played, we made the decision we think is best for the state and those who are evacuating the coast", Tanner said.

Computer simulations - especially the often star-performing European model - push the storm further south, even into SC and Georgia. "Even if you've ridden out storms before, this one is different".

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Duke Energy told The Associated Press that damage from Hurricane Florence could cut off electricity to three-quarters of some 4 million customers in the Carolinas. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said. Their latest forecast has Florence making landfall along the southern coast of North Carolina before moving into SC.

Scientists said it is too soon to say what role, if any, global warming played in the storm.

Weather Underground meteorology director Jeff Masters said Florence eventually could strike as a Category 1 with winds less than 100 miles per hour (160 kph), but that's still enough to cause at least $1 billion in damage. But previous research has shown that the strongest hurricanes are getting wetter, more intense and intensifying faster because of human-caused climate change.

Lumberton is less than two hours from Myrtle Beach and Wilmington, places that have been urged to evacuate. "I've got four cats inside the house".

Authorities pushed back against any suggestion the storm's threat was exaggerated.

Forecasters said it's still too early to declare an all clear just yet.

First responders around the country are making their way to Wrightsville Beach.

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