Beaufort County still not under mandatory evacuation despite changes to Florence forecast
14 September, 2018, 14:08 | Author: Tracy Craig
The storm is expected to make landfall along the North Carolina coast, possibly as a Category 4 storm, overnight Thursday into Friday.
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered as many as one million residents of the state's entire eastern coastline to leave their homes starting at noon on Tuesday.
With little wind to pull the storm apart, Florence'shurricane wind field is expected to expand over coming days, increasing its storm surge and inland wind threats. "It is still expected to be a large and extremely risky hurricane when it makes landfall", expected late Thursday.
Rain totals may climb over 20 inches in parts of inland North Carolina and Virginia.
Lumberton, North Carolina, is about 80 miles inland, but people there still made a run on supplies at the local Lowe's, said store manager Mackie Singletary. Some schools will be used as evacuation shelters, which will open as needed, officials said Monday.
In Brunswick County, in the far southeast corner of the state, the county government ordered the mandatory evacuation of people in low-lying areas and the voluntary evacuation of other areas. "This storm is strong and its getting stronger". If you're headed to the region, you may be wondering how Hurricane Florence will affect flights. Get ready. Get evacuated. "The best safety plan is preparation and common sense".
The UK Foreign Office (FCO) said in its travel advisory: "Hurricane Florence is forecast to bring life-threatening weather conditions to North Carolina and SC, with potential effects in coastal Georgia and Virginia".
In Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan is urging residents to be prepared for "possible catastrophic and life threatening flooding".
"Traffic was backed up for about 9 miles (14 km) in places", said Paul Jones, a retiree who owns a vacation home on Hatteras Island.
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President Donald Trump is canceling a campaign rally in advance of Hurricane Florence's landfall. Two other storms also are churning in the Atlantic.
"We are taking the necessary precautions to prepare for potential storm-related issues", he said. And the timing couldn't be more apt: Monday was the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, when storm activity has historically been at its highest.
- Residents in the southern most parts of SC no longer need to evacuate due to Hurricane Florence.
The latest GFS model shows Florence staying just offshore, bringing massive amounts of rain and heavy winds to the coast.
Hawaii is bracing for Tropical Storm Olivia, which could reach the Pacific island by Wednesday, KHNL reported.
"It just kind of hits you in the gut when you see this thing strengthening and know that the forecast is calling for it to come in as such a strong storm", he told CNN on Monday after his third flight.
Authorities anxious about the storm's potential to unleash prolonged torrential rains and widespread flooding across several states, especially if it lingers inland for several days.
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A large rain cloud passes over a day before the arrival of hurricane Florence in Wilmington, N.C. on September 12, 2018. TRT World's Nicole Johnston is on the coast in Wilmington, North Carolina , where people are preparing for the worst.
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