Don't Be Fooled by Hurricane Florence Being 'Downgraded.' It's Still Very Dangerous

South Carolina Highway Patrol cars escorting a line of vehicles as residents prepare ahead of Hurricane Florence's descent on Sept 11 2018. To speed evacuations officials in South Carolina reversed the flow of traffic on some highways so that all

South Carolina Highway Patrol cars escorting a line of vehicles as residents prepare ahead of Hurricane Florence's descent on Sept 11 2018. To speed evacuations officials in South Carolina reversed the flow of traffic on some highways so that all

The storm is expected to slowly move inland, battering much of the United States coast for days. A lot of people hearing this are remembering Hurricane Hugo in 1989.

Officials in at least one area that ordered an evacuation will be going to homes to ask people planning to ride it out for information on their next of kin, CNN reported Wednesday.

As of 11 a.m. EDT, Florence was centered about 145 miles (230 kilometers) southeast of Wilmington, its forward movement slowed to 10 mph (17 kph). One emergency official said it will be a "Mike Tyson punch" to the area.

Expected to make landfall by Friday, the impact of the storm will be widespread, with destructive winds, life-threatening storm surge, risky surf, torrential rainfall, flooding and the potential for tornadoes.

The briefing said Florence "is a large hurricane" with hurricane-force winds extending 80 miles from its center and tropical storm-force winds extending 195 miles from the eye of the storm.

Computer simulations - especially the often star-performing European model - push the storm further south, even into SC and Georgia.

Florence is forecasted to to meander southward through SC after landfall, then it will eventually get caught in the upper level flow and move out of the region.


More than 10 million people are in the crosshairs of Hurricane Florence as storm force winds move within hours of battering the USA east coast.

The coastal areas of North Carolina are expected to bear the brunt of the storm surge, with a nine to 13-foot (four-meter) wall of water pushing inland. It's now predicted to make landfall near Wilmington and then head west across SC.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the eye of the hurricane will likely not blow ashore until Friday afternoon local time, after which it will then push westward and bring with it the potential for catastrophic inland flooding. We only need to remember that tropical storm Irene was not a hurricane when it created tremendous damage to homes and covered bridges in Vermont in 2011.

If some of the computer projections hold, "it's going to come roaring up to the coast Thursday night and say, 'I'm not sure I really want to do this, and I'll just take a tour of the coast and decide where I want to go inland, '" said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the private Weather Underground forecasting service.

It's unclear exactly how many people fled, but more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out. Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland have declared states of emergency. Airlines canceled almost 1,000 flights and counting. The forecast track has the storm stalling along the coast throughout Friday and into Saturday. Home Depot and Lowe's activated emergency response centers to get generators, trash bags and bottled water to stores before and after the storm. The two hardware chains said they sent in a total of around 1,100 trucks.

"I never got the sense that I needed to leave".

He warned residents to be prepared for mass power outages that could last for days or weeks, echoing the sentiments shared by Duke Energy on Wednesday. And disruptive, risky winds regardless of official category.

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