No Hurricane Florence evacuation orders for Jasper, Beaufort

Chris Bailey's Forecast | Florence may impact our weather

Chris Bailey's Forecast | Florence may impact our weather

Storm surges up to 3.9 meters (13 feet), the possibility of tornados and nearly a meter of rain in some areas of North and SC were expected when Hurricane Florence makes landfall late Thursday.

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

Florence, a Category 3 hurricane, was about 370 miles (595 km) east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour (185 km per hour), the Miami, Florida-based weather forecaster said.

Landfall is expected late Thursday or early Friday, and the National Hurricane Center fears the storm "will slow considerably or stall, leading to a prolonged and exceptionally heavy and risky rainfall event Friday-Sunday".

"Get out of its way, don't play games with it, it's a big one, maybe as big as they've seen", Trump said.

The storm is now 280 miles southeast of Wilmington with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. Its maximum sustained winds have dropped slightly to 110 miles per hour (175 kph).

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency "in light of the storm's forecasted southward track after making landfall".

"The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety", Deal said.

Industrial waste, including toxic ash from power plants, could also be spread by flooding from the massive storm, which has caused mandatory evacuations of coastal areas in both Carolinas and Virginia, the AP reports.


Updated NHC forecasts showed the storm lingering near the coast of the Carolinas, carrying days of heavy rains that could bring intense inland flooding from SC to Virginia.

The National Hurricane Center's best guess was that Florence would blow ashore as early as Friday afternoon around the North Carolina-South Carolina line, then push its rainy way westward with a potential for catastrophic inland flooding.

"All my staff are gone", Thompson said.

"But I'm staying", she said.

"What can you do?" she asked.

"Everything is packed", Espinoza said.

"I've been through hurricanes before but never with kids", she said.

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Helene was weakening, however, and posed no danger to land, the NHC said, while Isaac could bring heavy rain to Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe.

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