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14 September 2018, 06:13 | Ross Houston
Hurricane Florence weakens but deluges Carolinas ahead of landfall
A disastrous amount of rain will exacerbate the storm surge. "If you are heading out, be careful", said WRAL Brian Shrader. Florence is now expected to begin delivering tropical storm-force winds in the region by early Thursday, escalating to hurricane-force winds by late Thursday or early Friday. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.
RAINFALL: Florence is expected to produce heavy and excessive rainfall in the following areas...
A NOAA observing site at Cape Lookout, N.C. reported a sustained wind of 68 miles per hour and a gust to 85 miles per hour this afternoon.
Hurricane Florence was making a marathon landfall in North Carolina early Friday, pushing a life-threatening storm surge of floodwater miles inland and ripping apart buildings with screaming wind and pelting rain.
The storm's winds may have weakened in recent days - they are now at 110mph (175km/h) - but there are fears Florence's slow-moving nature could bring different problems.
"Get out of its way, don't play games with it", said Mr Trump. One emergency official said it will be a "Mike Tyson punch" to the area.
As of 8 p.m., Florence was centered about 85 miles (135 kilometers) southeast of Wilmington, its forward movement slowed to 5 mph (7 kph). The shopping list for people who have chose to ride out the storm at home: plywood to board up their windows, sandbags, bilge pumps, generators, trash bags, potato chips, bottled water and wine. The two hardware chains said they sent in a total of around 1,100 trucks.
Body surfer Andrew Vanotteren, of Savannah, Georgia, crashes into waves from Hurricane Florence, Wednesday, September 12, 2018, on the south beach of Tybee Island, Georgia. The storm could knock out electricity to several million customers in the Carolinas. But forecasters warned that the widening storm - and its likelihood of lingering around the coast day after day - will bring seawater surging onto land and torrential downpours.
This stream shows the boardwalk at Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, near Myrtle Beach.
Private meteorologist Ryan Maue of Weathermodels.com in an email called the overnight European computer simulation "another model run for the ages". Reacting to the possibility of a more southerly track, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared an emergency but did not immediately order any evacuations.
"At this point, I'm just riding out whatever they throw my way, and hope it works out for the best", Tominack said. We spoke to those braced for Florence's looming arrival.
Here is the latest forecast bubble for the storm ...
That number is about 5,000 less than what was reported by state officials an hour ago.
Invest 95L, which is the National Hurricane Center designation for the system we are watching in the central Gulf of Mexico, may organize into at least a tropical depression before impacting the western Gulf coast from Mexico through Texas to Louisiana by Friday. Unsure of what they might find when they return home, the couple went shopping for a recreational vehicle.
"You're potentially risking the life of a first responder who would try to come and help you, and we don't need that", he added.
"When that last ferry pulls out.it's unnerving to see it pull away and know, 'That's the last chance I have of getting off this island, '" she said Wednesday.
Some Florence evacuees are steering toward Bristol Motor Speedway near the Tennessee-Virginia border and Atlanta Motor Speedway, where campgrounds have been opened for people fleeing the storm. What also makes this hurricane extremely risky are the deadly storm surges, mammoth coastal flooding and historic rainfall expected far inland.
But the hurricane's sheer size meant it could batter the U.S. East Coast with hurricane-force winds for almost a full day, according to weather forecasters.
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