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Hurricane Florence still a threat despite downgrade

Hurricane Florence still a threat despite downgrade

The winds from Florence have decreased a bit, now at category two level (below major status). And that's just the prelude to untold days of misery.

"This storm is ... nothing like you've ever seen", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said.

Tens of thousands of homes and businesses could be flooded in North Carolina alone, Governor Cooper warned.

Hurricane Florence is now a category 2 hurricane, with winds of close to 110mph (177km/h). Categories only represent the speed of sustained winds, and these are still destructive. "I'm going to get killed on the road,"' Bradley said.

A National Weather Service forecaster has said it will be the "storm of a lifetime" for parts of the Carolina coast.

According to Ryan Maue, a meterologist at weather.us, around 10 trillion gallons of water may be dumped on the area, which may lead to rivers overflowing and causing life-threatening floods.

"It's cumulative damage", Myers said. "There are approximately 800 line workers and tree personnel actively engaged in storm response preparations".

This same zone will be hammered by winds gusting up to hurricane force for almost a day while tropical-storm conditions could linger twice that long.

Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms.

The outer bands of wind and rain from a weakened but still lethal Hurricane Florence began lashing North Carolina on Thursday as the monster storm moved in for a prolonged and potentially catastrophic stay along the Southeast coast that could drench the homes of as many as 10 million people. "But no matter how bad it's going to be, it will pass and our job will be to rebuild this community together, and that's what we're going to do".

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"It truly is really about the whole size of this storm", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said.

As Hurricane Florence barrels towards the US East Coast, millions are evacuating, boarding up windows and stockpiling water. "Don't plan to leave once the winds and rains start". Forecasters say 40 inches (one meter) of rain are possible along the coast of North Carolina.

Hurricane Florence's path could affect the homes of more than 5 million people, and more than 1 million of them have been ordered to evacuate.

"They try to stay open as long as they can", Kourounis said. They also instituted a 24-hour curfew. Surges as high as 9-to-13 feet are now forecast from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout.

"They have a history of being underwater". "Flooding is nearly guaranteed". The winds had been as high as 140 miles per hour earlier in the week but North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned against complacency because of the drop. She packed up what she could and took a ferry.

Jeff Byard, an administrator at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said: "Do you want to get hit with a train or do you want to get hit with a cement truck?" That forecast area also includes part of southwest Virginia.

Astronaut Alexander Gerst captured this image of Hurricane Florence from the space station on September 12, 2018.

"Watch out, America! #HurricaneFlorence is so enormous, we could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens from the @Space_Station, 400 km directly above the eye", German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted. "If God's coming for you, you can't run from him".

The storm's possible track now bends farther to the SW and closer to cities like Jacksonville, but it's the delay and the possible repeat of a Harvey-like storm cycle that has officials and weather forecasters anxious. Hurricane Helene is veering toward Europe. This general motion, accompanied by a further decrease in forward speed, is expected to continue through today.

Hurricane expert Dr Rick Knabb warned: "Yes good news that intensity of Florence has come down, to lessen wind damage somewhat".