Still uncertainty as Hurricane Florences path moves south

Still uncertainty as Hurricane Florences path moves south

At this height of the Atlantic hurricane season, Florence was being trailed on east-to-west paths by two other storms, Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac.

"I rode out Hugo", Miller said of a 1989 hurricane that caused widespread damage. Tropical Storm Olivia is expected to move over Hawaii Wednesday or Thursday, KHNL reported.

The governor said power plants are taking all necessary steps to help people get power back after the storm.

Gov. Roy Cooper is reminding North Carolinians that Hurricane Florence is a storm that shouldn't be taken lightly.

The threat of storm surges loom for areas in the path of the storm, meaning life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland is possible in the next 36 hours. Coastal North Carolina could see 20 to 30 inches as well.

New projections indicate the now-Category 3 hurricane will move slightly southeast, with landfall expected between Wilmington and Morehead City, North Carolina.

Parts of North Carolina could get 40 inches (1 meter) of rain. The Category 4 storm is likely to produce "catastrophic" flooding in the eastern Carolinas, as well as destructive winds.

For a swath of the North Carolina shore from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, the storm surge could range from 9-13 feet, the NHC said.

Evacuation orders for low-lying areas were issued Monday and continued Tuesday.

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For anyone needing a place to stay to escape the hurricane, both North Carolina and SC are updating their lists of emergency shelters.

News that the storm could plow through SC after landfall came shortly after McMaster lifted his mandatory-evacuation order for Beaufort County and many other areas south of Charleston.

Mass evacuations ahead of Hurricane Florence are still taking place while residents and tourists hope to evade what could be the strongest hurricane in decades to strike the East Coast. Workers at Florence Toyota in Florence, South Carolina, plan to pull high-value luxury vehicles into the service bays on Thursday to protect them.

Experts are saying Florence, a "monster", could be one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the East Coast.

Director Tom Collins says the woman in Hampstead had a heart attack Friday morning, but emergency crews could not get to her because of downed trees in the road.

The pivot in the forecasted track of Florence led Georgia's governor to declare a state of emergency for all 159 counties, home to 10.5 million people.

An additional 25 percent of deaths are related to rain, he said.

Jeff Byard of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) invoked a former boxing champion to warn residents that Florence would bring "a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast".

"Bad things can happen when you're talking about a storm this size", Trump said Wednesday morning.