Hurricane Florence is no Hugo. It looks worse

Kerry GarnerSep 13, 2018

Hurricane Florence, heading for the Carolinas, "will likely be the storm of a lifetime" for areas of the coast, according to the National Weather Service early Wednesday. "This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast".

Coastal residents fleeing a potentially devastating blow from Hurricane Florence encountered empty gasoline pumps and depleted store shelves as the monster storm neared the Carolina coast with 130 miles per hour winds and drenching rain that could last for days.

"We are already experiencing heavily impacted traffic on some of the evacuation routes", said Jeff Byard, the associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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 Tuesday, threatening to unleash deadly pounding surf, days of torrential rain and severe flooding.

The coastal surge from Florence could leave the eastern tip of North Carolina under more than 9 feet of water in spots, projections showed.

"The state is mobilising all available resources to ensure public safety", Deal said. North and SC and Virginia declared emergencies earlier in the week.

A state of emergency has been declared in D.C. and in states, including Virginia and the Carolina's. As it turns into southern SC. "I am going to stack it up on some cinder blocks and see if that will help", resident Austin Hembree said.

"We'll handle it. We're ready, we're able, we've got the finest people I think anywhere in the world", he added in a video message posted on his Twitter account.

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Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km).

The US carrier said it was offering a travel waiver for customers ticketed on flights to, from or through affected cities from September 10 through to September 16.

Since Tuesday, forecasts have shifted the storm track towards the south and southwest after it reaches the coast, which could increase the storm's severity in coastal SC through Myrtle Beach and Charleston and even into parts of Georgia.

"Disaster is at the doorstep and is coming in".

In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate.

The prison, home to nearly 1,000 prisoners and up to 119 staff, was ordered to stay put even during an initial mandatory evacuation for surrounding Jasper County. The wind gusts (combined with rain-soaked soil) are expected to bring trees down on power lines, cutting electricity to large areas, says the National Hurricane Center.

"Hurricane Florence is looking even bigger than anticipated".

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