President Trump on Hurricane Florence: 'Get out of its way'

James Marshall
September 14, 2018

On Wednesday morning, the National Hurricane Service issued an alert that Hurricane Florence is "expected to bring [a] life-threatening storm surge and rainfall to portions of the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic states".

The Category 4 storm was expected to start hitting the North and SC coasts sometime Thursday or Friday, and should make landfall near Wilmington, N.C., early Saturday morning, according to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center. "These enormous waves are produced by being trapped along with very strong winds moving in the same direction [as] the storm's motion".

A hurricane warning - meaning hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours - is in effect for a long stretch of the coast, from the Santee River in SC to Duck, N.C., which is part of the Outer Banks.

NOAA Hurricane Hunters have been flying constantly from Lakeland Linder International Airport, right into Hurricane Florence. The forecast shows landfall occurring early on September 15, 2018 after an update indicated weather conditions would slow down the storm; the update was issued on September 12, 2018.

Hurricane Florence Wednesday 11 a.m. ET update.

Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds reached out 195 miles (315 kilometers).

Predictions now have the storm stalling and making a slight southward turn after it makes landfall.

States up and down the East Coast have a great potential for severe weather. "You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU".

In Carolina Beach, an island community off the coast of Wilmington, 75 percent of residents have already left town.

"The longer it stays, the more wind, the more rain". Based on the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center, the earliest reasonable arrival of tropical storm force winds is Thursday morning.

"This one really scares me", Graham said.

In neighboring Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan said his state was readying for potentially "historic and catastrophic rainfall, life-threatening flooding, and high winds".

National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear said in a video briefing North Carolina would see the equivalent of up to eight months of rain in a two- to three-day period.

But a computer simulation known as the European model predicts some places could get 45 inches.

You can also follow the hurricane using the FOX8 Hurricane Tracker. "This is not a pretty sight".

The storm will essentially park itself over the area and then slowly move inland.

Florence's path remains uncertain.

The storm is still on track to make landfall in the coastal carolina region, but is starting to drift south. Officials say it is possible SC will bear the brunt of Hurricane Florence. That would cause historic flooding for the region that would occur during the storm and for days after the rain stops due to river flooding. Heavy rains were forecast to extend into the Appalachian Mountains, affecting parts of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia.

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