Hurricane Florence Zeroes In On Carolinas, Bringing 130 MPH Winds

Hurricane Florence Zeroes In On Carolinas, Bringing 130 MPH Winds

Hurricane Florence Zeroes In On Carolinas, Bringing 130 MPH Winds

A search-and-rescue team is being deployed by FEMA from Montgomery County in Maryland to help in SC as the area braces for Hurricane Florence.

Hurricane warnings have been issued by the U.S. National Hurricane Center for portions of SC and North Carolina due to Hurricane Florence, according to the agency's 5 p.m. update on September 11, 2018.

The National Hurricane Center listed the massive storm moving west-northwest at 17 miles per hour with winds about 130 miles per hour, and expected to reach the coast Thursday night to Friday morning, The News & Observer reported.

Deals emergency declaration cited potential "changes in the storms trajectory" as well as an influx of evacuees coming to Georgia from the Carolinas. Eastern North Carolina's central counties (between Wilmington and Cape Hatteras) are predicted to get 20 to 30 inches of rain, and some isolated areas could see 40 inches.

While Hurricane Florence has sparked state of emergency and mass evacuation, a very unfortunate weather graphic has managed to put a smile on those preparing for the storm. Parts of SC could see 5 to 10 inches, with isolated areas getting 20 inches, said the center.

"A motion toward the northwest is forecast to begin by this afternoon and continue through Thursday", the hurricane center says.

"Today is the time to get your preparedness actions complete", he said.

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President Donald Trump on September 11 declared states of emergency for North and SC, to open avenues for federal aid.

While a third added: 'Looks like a hard pounding... they are really going more than a few inches.

But in Maryland, possible impacts were diminishing as the storm's track shifted to the south and west. Meteorologists at the National Weather Service's Baltimore/Washington forecast office said strong winds are "unlikely to be a factor" here, and heavy rain is expected to be a risk only for Southern Maryland and to the south. Like Hurricane Harvey in 2017, Florence is expected to slow significantly when it reaches the coast, allowing the storm to dump a catastrophic amount of rain in the Carolinas.

"This morning I drove around for an hour looking for gas in Cary".

Trojniar said she and her husband were packing up belongings and plan to stack sandbags around their single-floor home in Wilmington's eerily named Landfall neighborhood near the ocean before checking into a hotel to ride out the storm, with plenty of wine.

Florence is the most unsafe of three tropical systems in the Atlantic. Tropical Storm Isaac was east of the Lesser Antilles and expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba, while Hurricane Helene was moving northward away from land.

The East Carolina football team has sought safety from Hurricane Florence by temporarily relocating to Orlando, Florida.

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