Search-and-rescue team from Maryland heads to SC before storm

Mindy Sparks
September 13, 2018

The East Carolina football team went to Orlando early Wednesday ahead of Hurricane Florence, the school said in a press release.

The first tropical storm-force winds of at least 39 miles per hour (63 kph) were forecast to hit the coast on Thursday.

"Life-threatening storm surge is forecast along the South Carolina, North Carolina and Southeast Virginia coasts Thursday and Friday", announced Governor Henry McMaster - (R) South Carolina.

Tropical storm force winds are thought to be just hours away from making landfall in North Carolina.

An estimated 10 million people live in areas expected to be placed under a hurricane or storm advisory, said Marc Chenard of the U.S. Weather Prediction Center.

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.

Duke Energy, the second-largest energy company in the USA, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its four million customers in the Carolinas. In Virginia, officials have evacuated one state prison, though local jails in the affected area are planning to keep inmates in place after stockpiling food and fuel, the Virginian-Pilot reports.

"The state is mobilising all available resources to ensure public safety", Deal said. Authorities in Chatham County, Georgia, which borders SC and includes the historic port city of Savannah, urged residents who feel unsafe "to evacuate as they see fit". "Now it might be time for the exam", Baxley said late in the morning. Parts of North Carolina could get 1m of rainfall.

The overall trend is "exceptionally bad news, " said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy, since it "smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge".

Seven-day rainfall totals are forecast to reach 10 to 20 inches over much of North Carolina and parts of SC, with as much as 30 inches in some places. 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". "Everyone was sold out", she said. "Also, a little creepy". "If they're telling you to leave, you have to leave", Graham said.

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