Tropical Storm Florence churns towards United States coast

Bracing for Hurricane Florence | Don't Miss This

Bracing for Hurricane Florence | Don't Miss This

The new satellite imageries taken by NOAA uncovered Tropical Storm Isaac, a former hurricane, as it's moving towards the Caribbean, and Hurricane Helene swirling right off the coast of Africa as it's expected to fly further over the ocean before taking a turn towards Europe.

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.

Oddly, the closer Hurricane Florence gets to land the murkier its future gets.

"It's going to be bad", said Woody White, chairman of the New Hanover County Commissioners.

"This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast", said Jeff Byard, associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"We're just trying to plan for the future here, not having a house for an extended period of time", David Garrigus said. Protection of life is the absolute highest priority and that's what we are doing.

The country's No. 2 power company said Wednesday that it's anticipating 1 million to 3 million homes and businesses could lose power for lengthy periods, depending on the storm's track.


Roads and intersections on North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands were already inundated with water. Effective at 8 p.m. Tuesday, the Coast Guard Sector San Juan captain of the port set port condition X-ray for the USVI and Puerto Rico due to the expectation of sustained gale force winds of 25 mph and gusts up to 40 mph generated by tropical storm Isaac that may arrive within 48 hours.

The storm's center was about 50 miles south of Morehead City at around 11 p.m. EST (0300 GMT Friday). "The rainfall has been and continues to be a very substantial threat over the entire area".

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered as many as a million residents of the state's eastern coast to leave their homes ahead of the storm's predicted arrival tomorrow.

Although Florence weakened to a Category 2 hurricane late Wednesday night, the storm is still expected to produce catastrophic flooding throughout the Carolinas when it makes landfall Thursday night or Friday.

Hurricane-force winds now extend up to 80 miles and tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 195 miles from the center of the storm.

That's because the weather systems that push and pull a storm disappear as Florence nears land around the border between North and SC. Reacting to the possibility of a more southerly track, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared an emergency but did not immediately order any evacuations. "The issue most closely monitored right now is the supply chain".

Port of Wilmington, North Carolina, extended operating hours for trains and trucks to clear cargo containers from the complex.

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