‘Monster’ Hurricane Florence takes aim at US Southeast

Mindy Sparks
September 13, 2018

Sand bags surround homes on North Topsail Beach, N.C., on Wednesday as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast.

The National Hurricane Center's projected track had Florence hovering off the southern North Carolina coast starting Thursday night before finally blowing ashore.

As of Tuesday, more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.

"An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft that was in the hurricane until just after midnight" recorded a peak wind gust of around 150 miles per hour, according to the hurricane center. Continue to monitor the latest National Hurricane Center forecasts, as further changes in the track forecast and associated impacts could occur.

"But as we put the tracker on you can see by tomorrow morning we're still anticipating this will strengthen into the neighbourhood of 150mph". "You're going to be displaced from your home in coastal areas".

"This storm is. nothing like you've ever seen", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said, according to CNN.

Some 7,000 guard members are ready to mobilize in North Carolina, while 1,100 will be activated in SC.

National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham says damaging winds and rain could begin hitting the coast late Thursday, pushing a storm surge that could reach 13 feet in places.

US President Donald Trump has authorised emergency measures to free up federal funds to help those responding to the storm.

"It's not looking too good right now", said Galarneau. "It will be arriving soon".

More than 5.4 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches on the US East Coast, according to the NWS, and another four million people were under a tropical storm watch.

"We will handle it".

"I notified every public agency in Coweta County, mainly putting people on alert and telling them to gear up, get what they need, check staff levels and bolster them, if need be", he said. FEMA and the first responders are out there, they're going to stand through the danger of this storm.

"Don't play games with it. It's a big one".

On Ocracoke Island along North Carolina's Outer Banks, Kelley Shinn and her partner packed their Jeep with clothes and other things and took a ferry to the mainland.

The "probable" forecast path for Florence, a Category 4 hurricane, as of 5 a.m. Wednesday showed the storm shifting further toward the southern North Carolina coast and the northern half of the SC coast, with the forecast cone stretching into Georgia, western North Carolina and Tennessee, according to the National Hurricane Center.

"Maximum sustained winds are near 130 miles per hour (215 km/h) with higher gusts".

The last Category 4 hurricane to plow directly into North Carolina was Hazel in 1954, a devastating storm that killed 19 people and destroyed some 15,000 homes.

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