Wind and rain from Florence’s leading edge lash Carolinas

James Marshall
September 13, 2018

This morning, the radar loop out of Morehead North Carolina is beginning to show those fans of heavy rain closing in on the coast.

Florence's predicted pause and slow southward turn off North Carolina on Friday means some coastal areas will get damaging hurricane-force winds for more than 24 hours. The forecast track has the storm stalling along the coast throughout Friday and into Saturday. The slow forward motion means Florence will batter the area with heavy rainfall, producing up to 40 inches in coastal North Carolina and northeastern SC.

More than 10 million people are under a storm watch or warning in Virginia and the Carolinas, where up to 40 inches of rain could fall.

Computer models of exactly what the storm might do varied, adding to the uncertainty.

Despite the fact that the hurricane has been downgraded to Category 2, the 80 miles per hour winds and coastal flooding will still cause significant damage throughout the southeast.

The National Hurricane Center says it's now expected to hit Wilmington and then veer west, taking it south of Charlotte.

Kourounis and Robinson have seen their share of hurricanes, many of them together.

The National Weather Service said more than 10 million people live in areas under warnings or watches for hurricane- or tropical storm- force winds.

About 1.7 million people have already been told to leave their homes in the latter three states, but some who thought they were safely out of the path of the storm are now desperately working to board up their homes and businesses before its arrival. The governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia declared emergencies to help speed up government aid efforts.

Wind and the tidal surge will be the biggest issues for airports in the coastal Carolinas, FlightAware's Orsi said.

"We'll handle it. We're ready".

"The larger and slower the storm is, the greater the threat and impact, and we have that here", NHC Director Ken Graham said Thursday. "We're fully prepared. Food, medical, everything you can imagine, we are ready".

Her home in Hillsborough, North Carolina, is at risk for flooding, and her family and nearby relatives will ride out the storm in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

"I came to video it so I can remember what it looked like before the storm because I just don't think a lot of this is going to be here (after Florence)", she said.

PHOTO: Boarded up houses are seen ahead of Hurricane FlorenceÃ??s expected landfall, at Holden Beach, N.C., September 10, 2018.

In Carolina Beach, North Carolina, authorities have stopped allowing traffic to the island via the only bridge between the island and the mainland. "This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", the Hurricane Center said.

A man walks his dogs before Hurricane Florence comes ashore on Carolina Beach, North Carolina, U.S., September 13, 2018. By Sunday, Florence will have dissipated to a tropical storm, and by Monday morning it will be a tropical depression.

In yet another reminder to those in the path of the storm, it's worth noting that Trump also said the response to last year's hurricane in Puerto Rico - which officially killed almost 3,000 people - had been "incredibly successful".

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