Hurricane Florence latest forecast could still mean tropical impacts for Middle Georgia

James Marshall
September 14, 2018

Tropical storm conditions are expected for areas of the Carolinas on Thursday with hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or greater) projected for "late Thursday or Friday".

The storm is forecast to make landfall near Wrightsville Beach Friday morning before daybreak.

We are in the Cape Fear region in North Carolina, where residents have been rushing to escape inland.

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Jeff Byard of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) invoked a former boxing champion to warn residents that Florence would bring "a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast". While we will see some impacts from the system, they are likely to be when the storm has reached tropical depression status and winds are weaker.

Appeals to stay safe came from as far away as space as German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted pictures of the monster storm taken from the International Space Station along with the warning: "Watch out, America!"

"GEMA/HS continues to lead our preparedness efforts as we coordinate with federal, state and local officials to provide pubic shelter and accommodate those evacuating from their states".

"Don't play games with it".

"Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you", Gerst said.

By 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, the storm was about 335 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina.

"I've been through hurricanes before but never with kids", she said. Airlines had canceled almost 1,000 flights and counting. The two hardware chains said they sent in a total of around 1,100 trucks.

Duke Energy has around 4 million customers in North and SC, and says it could take several weeks to restore the electricity.

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

Note: This may not be the most recent forecast, please visit www.myfox8.com or open the FOX8 app for the very latest on Hurricane Florence.

Reacting to the possibility of a more southerly track, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared an emergency but did not immediately order any evacuations.

Governor Deal said yesterday: "The state is mobilising all available resources to ensure public safety ahead of Hurricane Florence".

"At this time I have not ordered an evacuation for Jasper, Beaufort and Colleton counties".

"We've had our lessons".

Their entire neighborhood evacuated in Wilmington, North Carolina, David and Janelle Garrigus planned to ride out Florence at their daughter's one-bedroom apartment in Charlotte.

"Someone's gonna get screwed on this", he said.

Forecasters anxious the storm's damage will be all the worse if it lingers on the coast.

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