Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

West Point area could start to feel effects of Hurricane Florence Thursday

West Point area could start to feel effects of Hurricane Florence Thursday

"Now it might be time for the exam", Baxley said late in the morning.

Their entire neighborhood evacuated in Wilmington, North Carolina, David and Janelle Garrigus planned to ride out Florence at their daughter's one-bedroom apartment in Charlotte.

Byard told a news conference at FEMA headquarters in Washington that the agency has all the resources it needs to react to the natural disaster.

More than 1.5 million people living on the US East Coast have been ordered to leave their homes as Hurricane Florence heads towards them.

The NHC experts warned that "life-threatening storm surge (is) possible along the coasts of North and South Carolina".

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg told CNN on Wednesday that the almost 135,000 residents of his historic coastal city should leave now before the storm arrives later in the week. Second, the storm is likely to cause "life-threatening freshwater flooding from a prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall event" across the state, both on the coast and in the interior.

The Governor issued a state of emergency around noon on Wednesday ahead of the storm. "What is flooding going to do to our home, our city?"

"This will be a storm that creates and causes massive damage to our country".

"I'm scared we'll get 30 inches or more of rain", said Carol Trojniar, 69, a longtime Wilmington resident and retired real estate agent who has never experienced a Category 4 hurricane.

That's saying a lot, given the impacts from Hurricanes Diana, Hugo, Fran, Bonnie, Floyd, and Matthew. Coastal Flooding: Outside the Storm Surge Watch area, minor coastal flooding could occur around the time of each high tide through at least late week.

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"This forecast is changing fairly quickly, and I would not be surprised if we have a hurricane coming back off the coast back toward our area", Emlaw said.

Forecast models predict Florence's center may slow to a crawl just off North Carolina early Friday and make a southwesterly turn - punishing the coast while moving perhaps only 2 to 3 miles per hour.

Across the Piedmont, Charlotte could see around 5 to 10 inches of rain. Rain will continue through Sunday, dumping feet of water over a wide area.

Florence is so wide that a life-threatening storm surge was being pushed 300 miles ahead of its eye, and so wet that a swathe from SC to OH and Pennsylvania could get deluged. Strengthening is forecast through Wednesday.

The hurricane will weaken as it moves across land.

President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency in North and SC, thus facilitating federal aid to those states.

Fierce winds and massive waves are expected to lash the coasts of North and SC and Virginia even before Florence makes landfall by early Friday, bringing a storm surge as much as 13 feet (4 meters), the National Hurricane Center in Miami warned.

Hurricane Florence is poised to hit the mid-Atlantic coast and the Carolinas this week, and satellite images of the storm are nothing short of terrifying.

Coastal residents have already started leaving the shores and heading west inland, but many are finding empty gas pumps as gasoline stations are sold out of gas.

Cooper and his SC counterpart, Henry McMaster, told the more than 1 million people who have been told to leave that if they don't, they are on their own. A steady stream of vehicles filled with people and belongings is moving inland. It is poised to slow to a crawl there and then drift to the southwest, unloading disastrous amounts of rain.

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