Some steadfast residents to stay put as Hurricane Florence approaches

Mindy Sparks
September 13, 2018

The Atlantic hurricane is located about 280 miles (450 kilometers) east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, packing maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour (175 km/h), the NHC said.

The National Hurricane Center's projected track had Florence hovering off the southern North Carolina coast from Thursday night until landfall Saturday morning or so, about a day later than previously expected. But because Roper cares for extremely vulnerable patients, like those who just got out of heart or brain surgery, the facility applied for and received an exemption to the evacuation order because transporting the patients could be riskier than sheltering in place. "Some areas will receive rain in feet instead of inches". The entire coastlines of North and SC, in addition to some parts of southeastern Virginia, are under a mandatory evacuation plan.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.

Hurricane Florence is now expected to head more directly west after making landfall, crossing through SC.

By contrast, North Carolina has said it is evacuating hundreds of prisoners from prisons and county jails before the storm, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Airlines have begun to cancel flights at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in advance of Hurricane Florence.

This NOAA/RAMMB satellite image taken at 6:00 ET on September 12, 2018, shows Hurricane Florence off the U.S. east coast in the Atlantic Ocean.

"All interests from SC into the Mid-Atlantic region should ensure they have their hurricane plan in place and follow any advice given by local officials", the Hurricane Center said.

Hurricane Florence has the potential to bring catastrophic flooding to areas of the eastern United States already soaked by heavy rain and it may be the strongest storm to hit the region in decades. "We're kind of at the mercy of the storm".

Eventually, Florence will veer north into the Appalachian Mountains, bringing soaking rains to Virginia and western North Carolina, before sputtering out late next week near DE and Maryland, the FWS reported.

Forecasts showed the storm lingering near the coast of the Carolinas, carrying days of heavy rains that could bring intense inland flooding from SC to Virginia. "It's going to happen. But it's moving at a steady clip and baring down on some pretty vulnerable parts of North Carolina". "We just need to figure out how to make it through".

"It's going to be bad", said Woody White, chairman of the New Hanover County Commissioners.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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