'This storm is a monster' - 1.7 million flee from Florence

13 September, 2018, 11:15 | Author: Patty Aguilar

Hurricane Florence is moving closer to the coast of North and SC, where it is expected to bring a life-threatening storm surge, the US National Hurricane Center said.

"This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast", the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C., said, "and that's saying a lot given the impacts we've seen from hurricanes Diana, Hugo, Fran, Bonnie, Floyd, and Matthew".

Florence's nighttime winds were down to 115 miles per hour (185 kph) from a high of 140 miles per hour (225 kph), and the Category 4 storm fell to a Category 3, with a further slow weakening expected as the storm nears the coast.

Hurricane Mangkhut is expected to hit the Philippines on Saturday before moving towards southern China on Sunday afternoon.

Higher sea levels to make a storm surge worse.

A life-threatening storm surge is now highly likely along portions of the coastlines of SC and North Carolina, and a Storm Surge Warning is in effect for a portion of this area.

SC authorities have turned four motorways into one-way routes away from the coast to speed the exodus. "It's called Mother Nature, you never know, but we know", he also said in a video posted to Twitter Wednesday morning.


Residents are running out of time to evacuate before Hurricane Florence roars in to North and SC bringing potentially deadly flooding, officials warn. A Tropical Storm Warning was issued from the North Carolina/Virginia border to Cape Charles Light, Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort.

Mass evacuations ahead of Hurricane Florence are still taking place while residents and tourists hope to evade what could be the strongest hurricane in decades to strike the East Coast.

"If I need to evacuate I can go to my son's house" in North Carolina, Sparks said as he carted a load of water bottles to his auto.

Wilmington, North Carolina, just north of where the hurricane is expected to come ashore, was sunny around midday on Wednesday as the town appeared to be emptying. Most other beachgoers were long gone.

"There's really not a lot of good news", NOAA flight director Paul Flaherty said on "Shepard Smith Reporting". "Also, a little creepy. Everyone was sold out", she said.

'I can't emphasise enough the potential for unbelievable damage from wind, storm surge and inland flooding with this storm'.

Melody Rawson evacuated her first-floor apartment in Myrtle Beach and arrived at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, to camp for free with three other adults, her disabled son, two dogs and a pet bird.

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