States Prepare for ‘Storm of a Lifetime’ as Hurricane Florence Looms

'This is a big storm': Results could be catastrophic

The projected path for Hurricane Florence shifted south toward SC, according to a Wednesday morning updated from the National Weather Service, means the Triangle could avoid a direct hit as the Category 4 storm moves inland.

The longer the storm stalls near the coast, the more precipitation it will be able to pull from the Atlantic and dump inland. Even if you've ridden out storms before, this one is different. "This is a storm that is historic, maybe once in a lifetime".

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced Monday that mandatory evacuations would begin at noon Tuesday for more than 1 million people on the South Carolina coast.

The eastbound lanes of several major highways have been shut down to allow for a smooth flow of traffic inland. "It's going to destroy homes", said Jeff Byard, an official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Hurricane Florence, on track to become the first Category 4 storm to make a direct hit on North Carolina in six decades, howled closer to shore on Wednesday, threatening to unleash pounding surf, days of torrential rain and severe flooding.

Hurricane Florence is blasting toward the Carolinas, carrying sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour and the threat of "life-threatening storm surge and rainfall", the National Hurricane Center says.

Florence is now churning through the Atlantic, only a few hundred miles off the coast of Wilmington, N.C.

President Donald Trump has urged residents to heed the official evacuation warnings.

A ideal storm of unfortunate circumstances means Florence could deal a devastating blow to the Southeast. The power is going to be off for weeks. Sharp added that some areas could see flooding where he hasn't flooded before.

The storm is expected to hit the Carolinas hard later this week.

A crew of about 80 rescuers from Montgomery County is headed to SC to help deal with Hurricane Florence and its aftermath.

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Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the Carolinas, poised to slam the coastline Friday.

Meteorologists are warning of potentially catastrophic flooding in the area, with isolated amounts of up to 40 inches of rain expected in parts of SC.

A state of emergency has been declared in D.C. and in states, including Virginia and the Carolina's.

While some of the computer forecasting models conflicted, the latest projections more or less showed the storm shifting southward and westward in a way that suddenly put more of SC in danger and imperilled Georgia, too.

"We hope to have something left when we get home", she said.

But his partner, Emily Whisler, said she will remain behind at the university where she is a resident in the psychiatry program.

Another FEMA spokesman said: "I need to re-emphasise this is a risky storm".

Walking his dog along empty streets, Belli said he's well stocked with food and water.

About 1 million people have been ordered to evacuate their homes before the storm-categorized as a Category 3 on Wednesday-makes landfall, which it is expected to do on Friday. Its new path indicates that after arriving in the area near Wilmington, North Carolina, the storm will dip to the south before resuming a western course, the FWS explained in the statement. Up to three feet of rain could fall in some areas in a short period of time.

Abigail Darlington, covers the city of Charleston for the South Carolina Post and Courier. Tropical Storm Isaac was east of the Lesser Antilles and expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba, while Hurricane Helene was moving northward away from land.

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