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Here's what the DC region can expect from Hurricane Florence

Here's what the DC region can expect from Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence is so wide that a life-threatening storm surge was being pushed 485 kilometres ahead of its "eye", and so full of rain that a swath from SC to OH and Pennsylvania could get deluged.

The Wilmington and Myrtle Beach areas will be the first to see Florence's full force, as it continues inland for the next few days, potentially going some distance inland. After some weakening early Tuesday due to eye wall replacement, Florence has restrengthened and should stay very powerful until landfall Thursday night into Friday morning along the Carolina coastline.

Forecast models have said that several feet of heavy rain could cause flooding well inland from the coast.

Speaking at a news conference, the official said the hurricane was expected to spread out into the Central Appalachian mountains, the Tennessee Valley, and southeastern parts of the United States after Saturday. It could be cooler Sunday, if the storm remnants move into our area.

President Donald Trump has declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, saying the USA government is "absolutely, totally prepared" for Florence. With Virginia under a state of emergency, and forecasts showing Florence zeroing in on the mid-Atlantic, the time for all Virginians to prepare is now, officials said.

The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Florence is rapidly strengthening and that swells generated by the storm are affecting Bermuda and portions of the U.S. East Coast.

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Hurricane Isaac, much farther out to sea, has become the 5th named hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season, the hurricane center added. Its maximum sustained winds are expected to top 145 miles per hour before losing some steam near the coast.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles. Massive waves from the hurricane will make the rush of water even more unsafe and damaging, the National Hurricane Center warned. President Trump said the hurricane is predicted to be one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast in years as he warned residents to be prepared and to be careful.

WCNC-TV meteorologist Brad Panovich told WFAE Morning Edition host Marshall Terry that the shift of Florence means more rain for the Charlotte area.

Those flexible-rebooking policies initially included airports in the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia.

"Things [can be] uncertain, especially this far out".

The governors of North Carolina and Virginia have announced mandatory evacuations of hundreds of thousands more in their states.


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