'Monster' Hurricane Florence Barrels Toward the Carolinas

James Marshall
September 14, 2018

Now located around 530miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, Florence is expected to make land on Thursday or Friday this week.

The National Weather Service has issued strong warnings to residents of the Carolinas and other mid-Atlantic states, saying the hurricane would be the "storm of a lifetime", bringing damaging winds, life-threatening storm surges, and "catastrophic flooding". "As it hits near the coast, it begins to stall and slow down, and then it becomes more unpredictable".

Coastal North Carolina could see 20 to 30 inches as well.

The storm surge will bring significant flooding of between 9-13 feet from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, including the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers, 6-9 feet between North Myrtle Beach and Cape Fear, and 2-4 feet to the area between Edisto Beach and Murrells Inlet.

Officials in the potential path of Florence urged people to evacuate their coastal homes and directed drivers away from the coast.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.

"The longer it stays, the more wind, the more rain".

Cooper and his SC counterpart, Henry McMaster, told the more than 1 million people who have been directed to leave that if they don't do so, they are on their own.

Boeing Co suspended work on Tuesday at the SC plant where it assembles 787 widebody jetliners, and a Volvo automobile plant in South Carolina's evacuation zone was also closed, company officials said.

Meanwhile, those choosing to ride out the storm in evacuation zones are being told first responders will not be available to help them once Florence makes landfall. "A lot of local people are staying", she said of the island, which is reachable only by ferry or plane.

In Carolina Beach, authorities have stopped allowing traffic to the island via the only bridge between the island and the mainland. The town also has enacted an 8 p.m curfew starting Thursday night that will remain in place indefinitely.

A steady stream of vehicles full of people and belongings flowed inland Tuesday, and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper tried to convince everyone to flee. "Flooding is nearly guaranteed".

Hurricane watch: Edisto Beach, South Carolina to South Santee River, South Carolina and North of Duck, North Carolina to the North Carolina/Virginia border. She packed up what she could and took a ferry. "It's a big one", he said.

Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued in coastal areas of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence this week, but many residents in the area have chose to stay.

"We could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens from the Space Station, 400 km directly above the eye", astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted on Wednesday. Florence is now heading for ocean water with surface temperatures of around 85 degrees, meaning it will likely strengthen on its way to the East Coast.

AccuWeather Vice President of Forecasting and Graphics Operations Marshall Moss said: "A storm with the track of Florence is unprecedented". Tropical Storm Isaac is forecast to approach the Lesser Antilles Islands on Thursday.

Florence's large size - tropical storm force winds extend 170 miles from the center in all directions - means its fury will arrive long before the center of the storm comes ashore, Graham said.

Warmer than normal sea temperatures to add energy and rain to a storm.

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