Gov. Deal issues state of emergency for Georgia

Mindy Sparks
September 14, 2018

"This storm is a monster", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said. Hurricane Sandy, which hit the Mid-Atlantic and New England areas in 2012, came in at $65 billion, according to the National Hurricane Center.

A satellite image shows Hurricane Florence looming in the Atlantic Ocean as the sun rises over the U.S. Florence is expected to bring tropical storm conditions to North Carolina and SC on Thursday and hurricane conditions on Friday.

"This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast", he warned. With Hurricane Florence set to wallop the area as a Category 4 hurricane, there are fears the ponds could overflow or even collapse amid extremely heavy rain, sending vast amounts of manure from thousands of farms into rivers and contaminating groundwater. President Trump has declared an emergency in the three states and says the government is "as ready as anybody has ever been".

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

Florence had maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (215 km per hour) and was on a trajectory that showed its center most likely to strike the southern coast of North Carolina by Friday, the National Hurricane Center said.

And even from space, Hurricane Florence looks terrifying. At 8 a.m. (1200 GMT) on Wednesday the storm was located about 530 miles (855 km) southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina.

Caitie Sweeney of Myrtle Beach texts her family while visiting the beach ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The center said the waves were measured by satellite.

The National Hurricane Center said the hurricane's peak winds have decreased slightly to 125 mph but the size of the wind field has increased to outwards of 70 miles from the center.

The slow movement, combined with the massive amount of moisture this storm holds, will bring risky rains - from 20 to 30 inches in coastal North Carolina, with 40 inches possible in isolated areas, the weather service says. "Florence is expected to slow down considerably by late Thursday into Friday, and move slowly through early Saturday".

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

State and federal officials have frequently urged residents in the target zone to evacuate but there was resistance along the coast. "It's a big one", he said.

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