Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Hurricane Florence: 1000mm of rain forecast for North, South Carolina

Hurricane Florence: 1000mm of rain forecast for North, South Carolina

As of 5:00 am (1100 GMT), Florence was a unsafe Category 4 hurricane packing sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (220 kilometers per hour), the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Mr Trump wrote on Twitter: "Get out of its way, don't play games with it".

Forecasts project the center of Florence to make landfall around the South and North Carolina border on Friday as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane.

While many coastal residents heeded mandatory evacuation orders, others boarded up homes and businesses and chose to fearless the storm, which is forecast to trigger severe flash flooding as it dumps as many as three feet (almost a meter) of rain in some areas. Coastal North Carolina may receive up to 40 inches (100 centimeters) of rain, the National Hurricane Center said.

In addition to the hurricane-strength winds blowing ashore Friday, Florence has the potential to bring a storm surge upwards of 6 feet in parts of the coastline including up to 13 feet from Cape Fear north to Cape Lookout. These power outages could last days to weeks, Brock Long, a spokesperson with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), told Reuters.

That's because in addition to the extensive flooding, the hurricane is expected to knock out power along the coast, according to an analysis done by a team headed by Seth Guikema, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of MI. Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland have declared states of emergency.

Scientists have filmed an astonishing video of the interior of Hurricane Florence, as the storm bears down on North and SC.

The eastbound lanes of several major highways have been shut down to allow traffic to flow inland, but the exodus was slow along roads jammed with outward-bound vehicles. A crew from IL has already arrived in Greensboro, and crews from West Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Vermont, Florida and Tennessee are also on their way.

"If I need to evacuate I can go to my son's house", Sparks said as he carted a load of water bottles to his vehicle. "He lives in North Carolina".

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"We have not been asked to take evacuees yet and will evaluate our capability at the time of the request", Ralston said. You never know, but we know.

Kevin Miller, a 50-year-old electrician, said he planned to ride out the storm at his home near Charleston.

All that water is worrisome for a region that just had a rainy season, meaning the soil there is fairly saturated and the rivers there are already high. This storm is going to be a direct hit. "We have everything. We're ready".

At 11am local time on Wednesday (early Thursday AEST), the storm was located about 785km southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina.

"Disaster is at the doorstep and is coming in", Cooper said.

On Wednesday, we got an inside look at the planes at Lakeland Linder Airport.

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

In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate including from the Eastern Shore, another popular beachfront destination.

Florence's intensity has diminished since it roared ashore along the US mid-Atlantic coast on Friday as a hurricane.

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