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Hurricane Florence likely to track over South Carolina, Cause Rain in Triad

Hurricane Florence likely to track over South Carolina, Cause Rain in Triad

A "phenomenal" 83-foot wave stirred in the eastern quadrant of Hurricane Florence early Wednesday morning, according to Eric Christensen, a senior marine meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center.

As of 11 a.m., the Category 4 storm was centred 485 miles (785 kilometres) southeast of Wilmington, moving at 15 mph (24 kph) with the potential for 1 to 3 feet of rain in places - enough to touch off catastrophic flooding and an environmental disaster, too, if the water inundates the region's many industrial waste sites and hog manure ponds.

Duke Energy, the nation's No. 2 power company, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its four million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks.

Based on the latest information from the National Weather Service, CoreLogic uses past hurricanes, elevations above sea level and population density, among other factors, to advise emergency responders and insurers where they should focus their resources.

Faced with new forecasts that showed a more southerly threat, Georgia's governor joined his counterparts in Virginia and North and SC in declaring a state of emergency, and some residents who had thought they were safely out of range boarded up their homes.

Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington states have all already declared states of emergency ahead of the storm.

The Canadian government has warned citizens against travel to the stretch of the U.S. East Coast that is expected to be hammered by Florence.

One simply added: 'Your Florence hurricane forecast looks like a giant penis and testicles.

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"It does look a bit similar to Harvey in a sense that it goes roaring into shore and then comes to a screeching stop", said MIT meteorology professor and hurricane expert Kerry Emanuel. "You can't stop Mother Nature".

In a trailer park outside Wilmington, Alondra Espinoza was preparing to leave with her two young children.

One wrote: 'I hope everyone in the path of Florence's massive penis stays safe'.

"Everything is packed", Espinoza said. "I want to get them as far away as possible".

"I've been through hurricanes before but never with kids", she said.

Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued in parts of the region while university campuses, schools, and factories have been shut.

In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate.

Helene was weakening, however, and posed no danger to land, the NHC said, while Isaac could bring heavy rain to Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe.


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