Georgia governor declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence

Mindy Sparks
September 12, 2018

Even scarier: It could get more intense as it gets closer to the Carolinas.

"When people face the decision to leave their homes or stay and fight the storm, having the option to safely store their belongings can make that decision easier", Mack said.

Sunday night into Monday morning, wind speeds in Middle Georgia could increase to 20-40 miles per hour.

Hurricane Florence is still a few days out from making landfall, and as we've seen, the forecast tract has varied.

Astonishing winds aren't the biggest danger. Depending on how much water was pushed ashore and the area's watershed, it may hang around, causing further damage to communities.

Storm surge is basically a wall of water that could swallow parts of the coast.

As well, Global Affairs said Wednesday Canadians should avoid travelling to parts of the Caribbean, including Dominica, Guadeloupe and Martinique, because tropical storm Isaac is headed in that direction.

"The focus should be on the potential for torrential downpours that will lead to potentially life-threatening flooding", said meteorologist Scott Sharp.

Aside from that mammoth coastal flooding, Florence will likely inundate cities far inland as well.

The European Model projects that Florence will track a bit further south, bringing more severe weather to SC.

The state of North Carolina is preparing for a major storm. "You're going to be displaced from your home in coastal areas. It's a statewide threat for the states involved".

The problem is, much of the Carolinas are already saturated from rainfall.

Emergency officials in the USA state of North Carolina are warning people to finish their preparations for Hurricane Florence on Wednesday before the storm arrives with life-threatening rainfall, storm surge and wind.

The Carolinas will likely bear the brunt of Florence's wrath. Hurricanes Irma and Maria struck the island in September 2017, the latter of which had its official death toll increased last month from 64 people dead to 2,975.

Residents are running out of time to evacuate before Hurricane Florence roars in to North and SC bringing potentially deadly flooding, officials warn.

Experts say this could be the strongest storm to hit the Carolina coast in more than 60 years.

And it led to mixed signals from officials in SC, whose governor had canceled mandatory evacuation for several coastal counties.

"We're a resilient bunch down here". The federal government was "absolutely, totally prepared" for Florence, the president said, according to a live stream of his press conference at the White House. "But this is pretty serious". But one thing it might actually help is to reduce the overall wind speed, though we're still going to have gusty winds around here which combined with that wet soil could bring down some trees.

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