Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Hurricane Florence has ingredients that make experts worry

Hurricane Florence has ingredients that make experts worry

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed declarations of emergency for North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, freeing up federal resources for storm response.

More than 3ft of rain is expected in the eastern part of North Carolina, a fertile low-lying plain boasting brackish rivers with a propensity for bursting their banks. The parking lot has been full for three days at the Ace Hardware store in coastal Calabash, North Carolina, where manager Tom Roberts said he sold 150 gas cans in two hours Monday, along with generators, plywood, rope, manual can openers, sand bags and a plethora of other items.

"It's an extremely unsafe, life-threatening, historic hurricane".

Despite uncertainty of the impact Hurricane Florence might have on Howard County, officials are preparing for the worst.

Sharp said weather conditions will deteriorate as we go through the day on Thursday with rain, a little wind and the chance of tornadoes. It is projected to make landfall between Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina Thursday evening as a Category 4 Major Hurricane.

President Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.

More than a million people are expected to flee low-lying areas, as SC and Virginia ordered mandatory evacuations of coastal areas starting on Tuesday.

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"It is an extremely, dangerous, life-threatening, historic hurricane", said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.

Florence is unusual in that it is aiming at the Carolinas from the east.

While a statement from Ralph Northam, Virginia Governor, added that it could be the "most significant hurricane event in decades" before warning of "catastrophic inland flood, high winds and power outages". This could worsen if, as some meteorologists predict, Florence stalls after it makes landfall.

The US Navy is sending 30 ships stationed in Virginia out to sea to wait at anchor while the storm passes.

Similar evacuations are happening all the way up to Virginia, where the governor has ordered a mandatory evacuation for residents of some low-lying coastal areas.

Curtis Oil, a fuel distributor in Chesterfield, South Carolina, said it had been "overwhelmed with requests by state agencies and everybody else".

In addition to flooding the coast with wind-driven storm surges of seawater as high as 13 feet (4 m), Florence could drop 15 to 25 inches (38 to 64 cm) of rain, with up to 35 inches (89 cm) in some spots, forecasters said. Schools in 26 of the state's 46 counties were ordered closed from Tuesday. As previously reported by Heavy, the GFS model is still keeping the eye of the storm right on the coast.

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