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Forecaster: Florence storm surge not diminished

Forecaster: Florence storm surge not diminished

After making landfall in the lower Outer Banks of North Carolina, the storm is expected to make a shift to the left toward SC before trekking west and then north.

At a press conference Thursday morning, officials stressed that Hurricane Florence's wind speed may have fallen, but the danger has not.

"As the rain pours down during the storm, inland evacuations may become necessary and the time for completing such tasks will come to an end as travel becomes increasing hard and unsafe", Sosnowski said.

He urged people in the coastal Carolinas and living near inland rivers to evacuate. He also said power could be out for a long time and suggested residents think now about what they will need power for. Its forward movement slowed to 12 miles per hour (19 kph) and top sustained winds stayed at 110 miles per hour (175 kph). Tropical storm force winds extend up to 200 miles (320 kilometers) from the center. We can not guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired.

North Carolina will see up to eight months of rain in a two- to three-day period, National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear said in a video briefing. That same area experienced unsafe flooding after Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

The result could be catastrophic inland flooding that could swamp homes, businesses, fields and industrial sites.

The police chief of a barrier island in the bull's-eye of Hurricane Florence is warning any stragglers who refused to evacuate that they are making a unsafe choice. "I hope we don't but that might be the only thing that would affect us", James said.

Airlines and hotels may waive change fees or cancellation fees for those affected by the storm. Don't get complacent. Stay on guard. "Today the threat becomes a reality", he said.

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More than 1.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate along 300 miles of coastline.

More than 22,600 people were housed in 150 shelters statewide, including schools, churches and Wake Forest University's basketball arena.

It is unclear exactly how many people fled, but more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.

The storm has pretty much followed the forecast track through now, but the issue will be Thursday or Friday as it nears the coast and the steering currents collapse. Home Depot and Lowe's activated emergency response centres to get generators, rubbish bags and bottled water to stores before and after the storm. "I'm going to Charlotte".

He warned residents to be prepared for mass power outages that could last for days or weeks, echoing the sentiments shared by Duke Energy on Wednesday. Some 3,000 people died in the aftermath of that storm.

Florence's weakening as it neared the coast created tension between some who left home and authorities who anxious that the storm could still be deadly.

"On a scale of 1 to 10, I'm probably a 7" in terms of worry, she said. "If I can't get back in a week, after a while they might turn on each other or trash the place".