Hurricane Florence: North Carolina Governor sends STARK WARNING to residents

13 September, 2018, 13:46 | Author: Tracy Craig
  • Chuck Ledford and his daughter Misty seek shelter at Emma B. Trask Middle School in Wilmington North Carolina

Airlines have begun to cancel flights at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in advance of Hurricane Florence.

Hurricane Florence, heading for the Carolinas, "will likely be the storm of a lifetime" for areas of the coast, according to the National Weather Service early Wednesday.

On another barrier island just below the Bogue Banks, Steve Harrigan reported live from North Topsail Beach, where visitors and residents were largely heeding warnings from Gov. Roy Cooper (D-N.C.) to evacuate. He said the government is prepared for the storm. Governors of those states have already declared states of emergency, as have the governors of Virginia and Maryland. The order eases regulations on trucks hauling gasoline and relief supplies into Georgia.

Hurricane Florence was on course Wednesday to deliver a devastating blow to the east coast of the United States, with millions urged to flee inland hours before it was due to announce its arrival with torrential downpours. Will the winds be that strong or they'll be stronger when they get here than that?

"I'm taking a life-threatening risk, but it's my opportunity to protect my property", Hoffman said.

The storm's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Wednesday at 185 km per hour, down from a peak of 225 km per hour a day earlier before Florence was downgraded from a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of wind strength.

Hurricane warnings continue in parts of eastern North Carolina and northern coastal SC.

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

The U.S. Coast Guard closed ports in Wilmington and Morehead City, North Carolina and Hampton Roads, Virginia to inbound vessels greater than 500 tons and was requiring vessels of that size to leave if they did not have permission to be in the ports.

It's a horrifying spectacle to behold, and the hurricane hasn't even struck land yet.

TRT World's Nicole Johnston is on the coast in Wilmington, North Carolina, where people are preparing for the worst.

More than one million people have been ordered to evacuate the coastlines of the Carolinas and Virginia.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.

A large rain cloud passes over a day before the arrival of hurricane Florence in Wilmington, N.C. on September 12, 2018.

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