Hurricane Florence: Residents told to ‘heed the warnings’

Audrey Hill
September 16, 2018

Florence is expected to make landfall either late Friday or early Saturday near Wilmington, North Carolina, but Panovich said the shift in track has forecasters unsure of when or where that will happen.

Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for the state of Georgia: "in light of the storm's forecasted southward track after making landfall".

Despite newer forecasts showing the storm turning south, it has the potential to be devastating for the coast and inland areas.

The storm's eye is expected to be over Columbia by 8 a.m. Sunday as the Florence's winds die down to tropical storm force (39 to 73 mph). Parts of North Carolina could get 1m of rainfall.

"Today is the last good day to evacuate".

The Governor issued a state of emergency around noon on Wednesday ahead of the storm.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said, "This hurricane is bringing more rain than any other hurricane", according to SCETV.

"There's very high confidence that Florence will reach the southern coast of North Carolina on Thursday night as a very unsafe major hurricane", meteorologist Bob Henson wrote on the website on Tuesday night.

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The storm is expected to stall once it makes landfall in the Carolinas, and if does, restoration efforts can not begin until it passes and in some cases until flood waters recede. In South Carolina, close to the Georgia line, Beaufort County emergency chief Neil Baxley told residents they need to prepare again for the worst just in case. Three college football games with Top 25 teams have been called off: East Carolina at No. 11 Virginia Tech, No. 15 West Virginia at NC State and No. 18 Central Florida at North Carolina.

Fuctuations in strength are expected through Thursday, and the hurricane is still expected to be "an extremely risky major hurricane when it nears" the USA coast late Thursday and Friday, the hurricane center told CNN.

Their entire neighborhood evacuated in Wilmington, North Carolina, David and Janelle Garrigus planned to ride out Florence at their daughter's one-bedroom apartment in Charlotte.

President Donald Trump is urging those in the path of Hurricane Florence to act now to "get out of its way".

As Hurricane Florence continues to move toward the northwest at 15 miles per hour, we will see an increase in wind speed and rain chances starting Thursday morning.

"This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding", the hurricane center says.

Although Florence is tracking well south of Hampton Roads, Historic Triangle residents should be prepared for flooding and possibly downed trees, forecasters said.

"It's been really nice", Nicole Roland said.

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