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Virginia Tech Apologizes for Insensitive Since-Deleted Tweet on Hurricane Florence

Virginia Tech Apologizes for Insensitive Since-Deleted Tweet on Hurricane Florence

The National Hurricane Center's best guess was that Florence would blow ashore as early as Friday afternoon around the North Carolina-South Carolina line, then slog its rainy way westward with a potential for catastrophic inland flooding that could swamp homes, businesses and farm fields. The governor added that a million or more people could be evacuated before the end of the storm.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

The East Carolina football team has sought safety from Hurricane Florence by temporarily relocating to Orlando, Florida. Cloud cover that could encompass multiple states. And an unusual combination of other weather systems that likely will stall Florence when it hits land, allowing it to sit for days and dump huge amounts of rain.

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Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and the rain and storm surge will make Florence extremely risky.

St. Johns County Emergency Management said Wednesday that officials were monitoring Hurricane Florence. The Navy, Air Force and Army have been moving people, ships and aircrafts out of harm's way, though evacuations were not mandatory at bases such as Camp Lejeune.

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Duke Energy, the nation's No. 2 power company, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks. The losses won't be easily or quickly overcome. They are heeding the warnings to get out of the Carolinas before the storm hits. There are now fewer tourists to send away. Florence's heavy rains could cause an environmental disaster if waste from hog manure pits, coal ash dumps and other industrial sites wash into homes or threaten drinking water supplies.

As people are migrating south to escape the storm, Red Cross employees and Coast Guard personnel from Jacksonville headed the other way Wednesday to assignments from SC to Virginia. "It's a big one", he said at the White House.

Missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in coastal areas are being moved to safe locations as Hurricane Florence, which forecasters say could be the "storm of a lifetime", approaches the East Coast. "We're going to stay tight and check on everybody", he said.

"A lot of our storefronts are boarded up", said Lynn Davis, town manager for Belhaven which sits at sea level in northeastern North Carolina.

Some Florence evacuees are steering toward Bristol Motor Speedway near the Tennessee-Virginia border and Atlanta Motor Speedway, where campgrounds have been opened for people fleeing the storm. She packed up what she could and took a ferry Tuesday night.


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