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Hurricane Florence closes in on U.S. east coast

Hurricane Florence closes in on U.S. east coast

The storm will bring dangerously high amounts of rain, forecasters say.

He said the federal government and first responders are ready to assist, but that 'bad things can happen when you're talking about a storm this size'.

The NHC has said these are likely to result in "life-threatening surf and rip current conditions".

All eyes are on Hurricane Florence as it barrels towards the Carolinas. Flooding well inland could wreak environmental havoc by washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.

According to the National Weather Service, as of 10 a.m. Thursday, Hurricane Florence was losing strength and was downgraded to a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds at 110 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Center Tuesday afternoon increased its rainfall forecast to 15-25 inches of rain with 35 inches in isolated spots.

I know that North Carolinians are a hardy bunch and we've seen nor'easters and hurricanes before, but this one is different.

Hurricane Florence Reduces Its Intensity But Not Its Destructive Power
Myrtle Beach was virtually deserted with empty streets, boarded up storefronts and very little traffic. "I'm going to Charlotte". President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.

President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid. "This will allow us to take care of our community and also be prepared should the need arise to assist others", Walker said. But getting out of harm's way has proved hard.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned that staying put would be a grave mistake. Finding fuel for the journey was tough.

"It wants to get stronger", he said of the storm. "Everyone was sold out", she said.

Even with some weakening that's predicted just before it makes landfall, the storm "is expected to remain a risky major hurricane as it approaches the coastline", the hurricane center said. "The water level will get a little high but we'll be fine". Some store shelves were picked clean. Wild horses on the barrier islands were expected to survive.

Florence is a powerful category 3 hurricane and is moving steadily toward the Carolina coastal areas. Already a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane, it was moving over warmer water and expected to intensify to near Category 5, which means winds of 157 miles per hour (253 kph) or higher.

Last night, the National Hurricane Center shifted its forecast for the hurricane's path from northwest to slightly more west, raising the potential for tropic storm-force winds in parts of Florida as soon as Friday evening. It will be more tropical depression at that point.

The ground in Athens already is saturated from the 27 inches of rain that fell since April, so flooding remains a possibility as a result of Hurricane Florence, according to King.


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