Hurricane Florence to deliver 'life-threatening' surges, rain despite downgrade

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It's either an unwillingness to accept the truth or a complete misunderstanding many deaths likely came after the storm due to a lack of medical and public services. We are more inland from the coast.

Hurricane Florence continues to barrel toward the coast of the Carolinas as a powerful Category 2 hurricane. US President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed declarations of emergency for North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, freeing up federal resources for storm response.

Feinstein notes that with the hurricane's change of direction to a more southerly track Wednesday, it appears Florence no longer poses a threat to Charlotte, one of American's busiest hubs, minimizing the impact on the airline's operations there. But the restaurant had locked its doors only to comply with a police order. "We have two boats and all our worldly possessions", said Susan Patchkofsky, who refused her family's pleas to evacuate and stayed at Emerald Isle with her husband.

Usually when a storm approaches the coast, forecasters can tell with ever-increasing accuracy who will get walloped. Florence's center will approach the North and SC coasts late Thursday and Friday. The slow forward motion means Florence will batter the area with heavy rainfall, producing up to 40 inches in coastal North Carolina and northeastern SC.

A few tornadoes are possible in eastern North Carolina through Friday. We have to remember, Florence is a very large storm.

As of 11 a.m. EDT, Florence was centred about 145 miles (230 kilometres) southeast of Wilmington, its forward movement slowed to 10 mph (17 kph). Other areas, including the cities of Darlington, S.C., and Greenville, N.C., imposed their own curfews, set to begin Thursday night.

"This will have a storm surge in the 20-foot range", Myers said.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH tourists Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand. From east to west, the community is less than a dozen blocks deep, with the Atlantic on one side and the Cape Fear River on the other. Millions were expected to lose power, perhaps for weeks. The actual landfall - when the center of the eye reaches land - will be Friday afternoon at the earliest, said Neil Jacobs of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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"This evolution will produce storm surges similar to that of a more intense, but smaller, hurricane, and thus the storm surge values seen in the previous advisory are still valid".

That has left a sort of ghost town.

"This time it's important". "You need to go on and get out now".

Windspeed determines category, but sometimes flooding causes even more damage. Among the tips: Prepare a safety kit and avoid driving through floodwater.

Officials asked people along the Carolinas coasts to evacuate ahead of the storm, and that time for leaving has almost passed. "We sat in line for like a half hour at like five gas stations to get gas".

His friend Daniel Gomez is also planning to stick around. "I've been through a lot of hurricanes down there and the worst thing about the Outer Banks is we don't have any drainage".

All four major USA airlines have said they are capping selected airfares below what last-minute tickets would cost.

About 800 flights in the region have been canceled ahead of the storm, CNN reported.