These 4 reasons make Hurricane Florence extremely unsafe

The clouds within the red square are the outer bands of Hurricane Helene

The clouds within the red square are the outer bands of Hurricane Helene

"Weakening is forecast to begin by the middle of the week as Isaac approaches the Lesser Antilles", the NHC said, urging residents in the Windward Islands - Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines - to pay particular attention to the storm.

"But if you put a foot or 2 - or maybe in some isolated places more - of rain over hills and mountains, you have a very different kind of problem, which is really more risky than the flat situation, as bad as that was", he said.

Even for a major hurricane, Florence is a beast like no other. That would make Florence the costliest storm ever to hit the U.S.in terms of property loss.

"Due to potential emergency conditions that appear likely due to Hurricane Florence, South Carolina will make temporary exceptions to the regulations governing the importation and exportation of animals coming into and leaving South Carolina", Parr said.

"Most buildings will experience a 6-foot wave, but all it takes to knock down a wall is a one-and-a-half-foot wave", he said. So the land can't absorb much more water.

"This is going to be a marathon event", FEMA Administrator Brock Long said Tuesday on "CBS This Morning". "With time, the wind pushes the water into every nook and cranny you can think of", Graham said.

A flawless storm of unfortunate circumstances means Florence could deal a devastating blow to the Southeast.

East Carolina's announcement also noted the Greenville campus' history with serious flooding issues from Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.


Large breaking waves of 15 to 20 feet or greater are expected along the coast, resulting in significant beach erosion and ocean overwash Thursday through Friday night, the center said.

Exacerbating the storm's impact is population growth. The potential area of impact includes a wide swath of the eastern coastline, with the greatest impacts anticipated in SC and North Carolina.

Although as of yesterday afternoon Hurricane Florence was a Category 3 hurricane, models and forecasts predict that it will intensify into a Category 4 hurricane.

Cutcliffe said the Blue Devils opted for the Thursday departure because it's "our best opportunity to get out".

Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency September 8, enabling the South Carolina National Guard to activate guard members to get ready to support first responders and counties. "For those that want to tempt Mother Nature, I understand but I counsel strongly against that". "My suggestion is go as far west as you can go".

"Once the storm hits, there will be no emergency response until it leaves; until it passes so that our first-responders in the field are safe", White said.

The agency said, "Interests elsewhere in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic states should monitor the progress of Florence".

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

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