Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

'Time running out' for residents to escape Hurricane Florence

'Time running out' for residents to escape Hurricane Florence

At 2300 EDT (0300 GMT), the NHC said Florence had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 km), and was slowly drifting westward over SC.

A flawless storm of unfortunate circumstances means Florence will likely be catastrophic for parts of the Southeast.

The center of Florence is expected to approach the coasts of the Carolinas today and move over the coast of southern North Carolina and eastern SC tonight and Friday.

SC authorities reported one death.

The powerful hurricane bearing down on the east coast of the U.S. has led airlines to cancel more than 1,245 flights and waive change fees for travellers affected by the storm, USA Today reports.

The "threat of freshwater flooding will increase over the next several days" in the impacted areas.

Meanwhile, winds and rain were expected to arrive later in SC, and a few people were still walking on the sand at Myrtle Beach while North Carolina was getting pounded. The storm was moving northwest at 12 miles per hour.

The storm was about 170 miles (275 km) east of Wilmington, North Carolina. "Florence will then recurve across the western Carolinas and the central Appalachian Mountains early next week".

Here is the newest information on Tropical Storm Florence as it lands on the East Coast.

The outer bands of the storm were already reaching the coast Thursday, bringing tropical-force winds and rain.

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RECORD levels of rainfall PLAGUE the Carolinas region
When Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Caroline, Weather Channel reporter Mike Seidel was out in the storm reporting live. It said it was located about 60 miles west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina , and forecasters predicted a slow westward march.

A buoy off the North Carolina coast recorded waves almost 30 feet (9 meters) high as Florence churned toward shore. At nine feet of storm surge flooding - expected in parts of North Carolina such as Newport - the only way to survive is to move up to a higher level until the flooding passes.

Life-threatening storm surge and flooding remains likely along the Carolina coasts, according to the National Weather Service.

"The larger and slower the storm is, the greater the threat and impact, and we have that here", NHC Director Ken Graham said on Thursday. "Our meteorologists are saying that the rainfall amounts will be devastating in certain areas", he said. The Outer Banks are experiencing wind gusts over 30 miles per hour and rain from the outermost bands has begun to fall in coastal areas of both North and SC. Of course in these situations, there can always be isolated spots which receive significantly more rainfall.

Areas that will be particularly susceptible to tropical storm conditions will be our far southeastern zones.

Meanwhile, 1,200 flights have been grounded, AP noted. Cramer said the police chief informed him that as of this morning, the only people in sight were "two or three stragglers".

The Category 3 storm has prompted more than a million people to flee the Carolinas and Virgina, as residents heed dire warnings from officials.

Kaplan has been working with emergency managers in North Carolina and school administrators in Boston and Charlotte to coordinate the university's response. As many as 10 million people live in areas that might be directly impacted by the storm.

The center of Florence will approach the coasts of North and SC later on Thursday, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and eastern SC in the hurricane warning area on Thursday night and Friday, the NHC added.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for.

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