Hurricane Hunters flying into Florence as it heads for the Carolinas

James Marshall
September 14, 2018

Although the latest tracks suggest that the center of the storm will pass to our south, we'll still likely feel some effects as early as Thursday. For now, it appears four to seven inches of rain could fall but, if the storms takes a more southerly track into SC, that rainfall could be reduced. "It's just not anywhere near a level of Maria", forecaster Eric Blake said.

Lauren Hancock, a resident of Wrightsville Beach in the state's evacuation zone, said: "I'm looking across the street at a gas station, and it's a madhouse".

"It's just extremely busy and it's even busier than a year ago and all at once", Blake said. Heavy rains were forecast to extend into the Appalachians, affecting parts of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia.

"Get out of its way, don't play games with it, it's a big one, maybe as big as they've seen, and tremendous amounts of water", Trump said in a video posted on Twitter. "It's a nasty interplay that makes it very hard".

While Hurricane Florence has sparked state of emergency and mass evacuation, a very unfortunate weather graphic has managed to put a smile on those preparing for the storm.

- Drivers up and down the East Coast can expect to pay more at the pump this week as Hurricane Florence continues its approach, according to AAA. "Now it might be time for the exam", Baxley said late in the morning.

While some of the computer forecasting models conflicted, the latest projections more or less showed the storm shifting southward and westward in a way that suddenly put more of SC in danger and imperiled Georgia, too. Some flooding was forecast early in the day for parts of North Florida, but those forecasts were adjusted later to include high swells and minor coastal flooding at high tide.

The NHS said coastal North Carolina could receive as much as 40 inches of rain in some areas, with storm surges between 9 and 13 feet.

"Once the storm starts to move inland it will break apart", Jones explained.

Gov. Nathan Deal issued an emergency declaration for all 159 Georgia counties ahead of Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm threatening to pummel the Carolinas later this week.

Wind speeds of unsafe Hurricane Florence decreased slightly Wednesday afternoon to 120 miles per hour according to the 5 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center.

Strong winds and rain could reach the coast Thursday, slowly moving inland through the end of the week and into the weekend.

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