Hurricane Florence strengthens to Category 4

13 September, 2018, 01:27 | Author: Shannon Newton
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"Forecasts generally project the storm to make landfall between northern SC and North Carolina's Outer Banks as a strong Category 3 on Thursday, although shifts in the track are possible and storm impacts will expand great distances beyond where landfall occurs".

Dozens of residents have vowed to ride out Hurricane Florence when it smashes into the Carolinas on Friday despite authorities warning that people will die.

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"The levels are in pretty good shape to handle the rain, but it all depends on how much rain we get", Ashby said.

The president signed emergency declarations for the Carolinas and Virginia, a move that frees up federal money and resources.

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The shift in the projected track had areas that once thought they were out of range anxious.

In Wake County, Knightdale High School is open as a shelter for Dare County residents, and shelters for New Hanover County residents opened Wednesday morning at Southeast Raleigh and Garner high schools, according to emergency officials.

"We've had our lessons".

"The time to prepare is nearly over", he said. This storm is a slow-moving mammoth and will linger for days on the coast, heavily affecting not only North and SC but also Georgia and parts of Virginia before moving further inland, causing devastation to entire states throughout the weekend.

Hurricane warnings have been issued by the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) for portions of SC and North Carolina due to Hurricane Florence, according to the agency's 5 p.m. update on September 11. While it may or may not officially become a Category 5 storm, it will still be a major Hurricane at landfall.

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Forecasters said Florence was expected to blow ashore late Thursday or early Friday, then slow down and dump 1 to 2½ feet of rain that could cause flooding well inland and wreak environmental havoc by washing over industrial waste sites and hog farms.

By Saturday, total rainfall could accumulate to 20 inches (51 centimeters) - or even 30 inches in places - in parts of the Carolinas and Virginia, the NHC said. "People are taking down awnings and U-Haul trucks have come in and take the entire contents of stores".

"We will experience power outages, we will have infrastructure damaged, there will be homes damaged, and there will be debris on the roads", said Jeff Byard, an official from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

North Carolina is the country's second-biggest producer of pigs and the looming hurricane sent U.S. hog futures lower.

The nation's eyes are on Hurricane Florence, which overcame some big odds to target the East Coast this week. "But as this system comes in and makes landfall, during the weekend it's forecast to stall out, lose its strength and its steering currents, and drop copious amounts of rainfall". Most other beachgoers were long done.

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