Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Hurricane Florence Zeroes In On Carolinas, Bringing 130 MPH Winds

Hurricane Florence Zeroes In On Carolinas, Bringing 130 MPH Winds

Police chief Luther Reynolds added that he has been in touch with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office and North Charleston police about the situation and preparing for Hurricane Florence.

Hurricane Florence has been scheduled to smash into the coast of North Carolina on Thursday or Friday and shocking new weather model reveal a shift in the path of storm.

While a man who gave his name as Joe, a contractor from Carolina, admitted he was "scared" but said he had survived storms before and was determined to make it through this one.

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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned that "disaster is at the doorstep", and "tens of thousands" of buildings may be flooded.

The European Model projects that Florence will track a bit further south, bringing more severe weather to SC.

Rather than pushing up toward western Virginia, the storm's center is now predicted to move across the middle of SC.

The National Hurricane Center expects Florence's rainfall totals to be around 40 to 60 centimeters, with some areas receiving as much as 90 centimeters of rain.

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The timing of the storm has also changed as forecasters warned that Florence could hesitate just offshore for days - punishing a longer stretch of coastline harder than previously feared - before pushing inland over the weekend. "This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast".

Up to 1.7 million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have been given voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders, according to emergency management officials, as the storm churned across the Atlantic Ocean towards the coast.

US President Donald Trump has authorised emergency measures to free up federal funds to help those responding to the storm. So we could have two landfalls - one around Wilmington and then one near Myrtle Beach or even south of there.

And in the 29 years since Hurricane Hugo struck, the population of the coastal Carolinas has skyrocketed.

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

The latest rainfall potential map issued by the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center shows a portion of North Carolina receiving in excess of 20 inches of rain.

It is predicted to stall even more off the coast of the Carolinas before scraping down the USA east coast and moving inland before the weekend.

"He said that the federal government would be there for North Carolina, and we're certainly going to depend on that". Some 7,000 guard members are ready to mobilize in North Carolina, while 1,100 will be activated in SC.

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