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Hurricane Florence likely to track over South Carolina, Cause Rain in Triad

Hurricane Florence likely to track over South Carolina, Cause Rain in Triad

Even if you've ridden out storms before, this one is different.

Hurricane Florence has more than 10 million people in its crosshairs as the monster storm closes in on the US East Coast with uncertainty over its projected path spreading worry across a widening swathe of the country. By Sunday, Florence will have dissipated to a tropical storm, and by Monday morning it will be a tropical depression.

State and federal officials have frequently urged residents in the target zone to evacuate but there was resistance along the coast.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency in the southern U.S. state on Wednesday ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence.

President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency for all three states, with Florence likely to bring widespread flooding and destruction once it arrives.

More than 634,000 homes and businesses were without power in North and SC early on Friday, utility officials said. ESE Florence swell drops out quickly once the storm is over land, however strong southerly swell then builds in on Friday and continues this weekend, mainly for Southern NC while SC looks small scale. "I can't emphasize enough the potential for unbelievable damage from wind, storm surge and inland flooding with this storm".

About 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches, the National Weather Service said.

Florence is so wide that a life-threatening storm surge was being pushed 300 miles ahead of its eye, and so wet that a swath from SC to OH and Pennsylvania could get deluged.

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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.

A hurricane watch is in effect for Edisto Beach, SC, to South Santee River, SC.

Abigail Darlington, covers the city of Charleston for the South Carolina Post and Courier. Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds reached out 195 miles (315 kilometers). Many major roads and arteries have reversed traffic flow to help residents evacuate quickly.

It's estimated that 1 million people will be impacted by Florence's arrival. North Carolina alone could get from 20 to 30 inches, with isolated spots possibly receiving 40 inches. Then it is likely to hover along the coast on Saturday, pushing up to 13ft of storm surge.

Some 38cm (15in) to 64cm (25in) of rain is forecast in some areas - with up to one metre (40in) at the centre of the storm.

A Category 4 storm could devastate the East Coast, simulation shows. Isaac could bring heavy rainfall to Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe.

A year ago, people would have laughed off such a forecast, but the European model was accurate in predicting 60 inches for Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area, so "you start to wonder what these models know that we don't", said University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy.

Another disturbance is swirling around in the Gulf of Mexico. North Carolina corrections officials said more than 3,000 people were relocated from adult prisons and juvenile centers in the path of Florence, and more than 300 county prisoners were transferred to state facilities.