Watch NOAA hurricane hunters fly into the eye of Hurricane Florence

Mindy Sparks
September 13, 2018

Forecast models predict Florence's center may slow to a crawl just off North Carolina early Friday and make a southwesterly turn - punishing the coast while moving perhaps only 2 to 3 miles per hour.

States of emergency have already been declared by Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser for the nation's capital; requested by Virginia's governor; and approved by President Donald Trump for North and SC on Monday.

It had been projected to shift north after making landfall.

Trump said he spoke with N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper and S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster on Monday.

"This one really scares me", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said.

"We hope to have something left when we get home", she said.

Florence is so wide that a life-threatening storm surge was being pushed 300 miles (485 kilometres) ahead of its eye, and so wet that a swath from SC to OH and Pennsylvania could get deluged.

People weren't the only ones evacuating. It was a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm but was expected to keep drawing energy from the warm water and intensify to near Category 5, which means winds of 157 miles per hour (253 kph) or higher.

Coastal residents along the Carolinas encountered empty gasoline pumps and depleted store shelves as the monster storm neared its coast with winds and drenching rain that could last for days.


Subtropical storm Joyce formed in the Atlantic on Wednesday but is not expected to threaten land.

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.

Florence's new eye appears to be stable enough that the storm is unlikely to undergo another eye-wall-replacement cycle; this means that Florence can continue to build in power, which could spell trouble for the US states that lie in the storm's path, Stewart said in the report.

Tropical storm-force winds extended 195 miles (315 kilometers) from Florence's center, and hurricane-force winds reached out 70 miles (110 kilometers). It's going to destroy infrastructure. "It's going to destroy homes", said Jeff Byard, an official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

One trusted computer model, the European simulation, predicted more than 45 inches (115 centimeters) in parts of North Carolina.

Rain measured in feet is "looking likely", he said.

"The biggest hazard that we are anxious about is storm surge", he said.

The storm's path put a corridor of more than 10 million people in the crosshairs Wednesday as it closed in on the Carolinas, uncertainty over its projected path spreading worry across a widening swath of the Southeast.

Despite all that, 65-year-old Liz Browning Fox plans to ride the storm out in the Outer Banks village of Buxton, North Carolina, despite a mandatory evacuation order.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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