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Fierce Hurricane Florence aims at southeast US

Fierce Hurricane Florence aims at southeast US

Hurricane warnings are in effect for the South Santee River in SC to Duck, North Carolina, and Albemarle and Pamlico sounds.

American Airlines said it had canceled more than 800 flights from Wednesday through Sunday because of the storm.

Hurricane Florence's heavy rains and tropical storm-force winds reached North Carolina's Outer Banks on Thursday morning, leading the way for a storm packing 105-mph winds.

Officials in the potential path of Florence urged people to evacuate their coastal homes and directed drivers away from the coast.

"It's all going to be predicated on where the damage is at, in terms of how and where we deploy our resources", said Penn.

The center of Florence is expected to hit North Carolina's southern coast Friday, then drift southwest before moving inland on Saturday, enough time to drop as much as 40 inches (1 meter) of rain in places, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Forecasters have warned of life-threatening storm surges, catastrophic flooding, damaging winds, and risky rip currents along the coastlines of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. As of now, Florence is due to make landfall very early Friday morning, somewhere in the Carolinas.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster's message is pretty blunt: If you live in an evacuation zone, hit the road soon.

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He added: "This is a very risky storm". The forecast was complicated because the storm was still small, allowing it to quickly change. We only need to remember that tropical storm Irene was not a hurricane when it created tremendous damage to homes and covered bridges in Vermont in 2011.

Dorf says trucking companies and logistics firms are working with FEMA and state and local authorities to park trucks full of goods and materials needed in the recovery in temporary warehouse and staging areas just out of the path of the hurricane, so they can quickly move into affected areas once the storm clears. It's already been raining in these areas and the ground is sodden. The trend is "exceptionally bad news", said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy, since it "smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge".

"As a outcome A FLOOD-WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR BARBADOS UNTIL 6:00 P.M TODAY, THURSDAY 13TH, 2018 A Flood-Watch means that flooding is possible within the watch area". Florence is now a strong Category 2 storm.

Heavy flooding is expected, with a storm surge up to 13ft (4 metres) in the area stretching from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, North Carolina.

The latest storm surge has some areas under over 8 feet of water. This includes Wilmington. A hurricane watch extends into the Charleston area. "We will not be able to respond to you when the winds get so high".

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. The problem is, Flo is now expected to stall out over the Carolinas before slowly moving inland.

Duke Energy said Florence, a Category 2 storm, could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks.


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