'Time running out' for residents to escape Hurricane Florence

Mindy Sparks
September 14, 2018

The National Hurricane Centre's best guess was that Florence would blow ashore as early as Friday afternoon around the North Carolina-South Carolina line, then push its rainy way westward with a potential for catastrophic inland flooding.

"Finally, I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence".

The hurricane was about 470 miles (755 km) east-southeast of Myrtle beach SC, with maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour (205 km/h), the Miami, Florida-based weather forecaster said. It was expected to slowly move southwest into SC before turning north, forecasters said.

Rivers are expected to burst their banks.Some 1.7 million people have been ordered to evacuate from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Inland cities and towns will not be spared from the storm, with anywhere from 5-20 inches of rain forecast to fall in many parts of North and SC.

Hurricane-force winds now extend up to 80 miles and tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 195 miles from the center of the storm.

Reacting to the possibility of a more southerly track, Georgia governor Nathan Deal declared an emergency but did not immediately order any evacuations. The Weather Channel is reporting that tornado warnings were in effect further north for Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Boarding up his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Chris Pennington watched the forecasts and tried to decide when to leave.


Tropical Storm Isaac is now moving across the eastern Caribbean Sea.

The full impact of storm surge on the coast will depend on whether the storm's arrival coincides with high tide.

"Florence has slowed to a crawl as expected, and this will only exacerbate the flooding situation for the Carolinas from now through Sunday".

The East Coast isn't the only area facing the brunt of a storm.

National Weather Service forecaster Brandon Locklear predicted Florence would drop up to eight months' worth of rain in two or three days.

Florence was one of two major storms on Friday. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands face possible isolated amounts of 3 inches.

The 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".

Subtropical Storm Joyce, which formed in the North Atlantic Tuesday, is also not expected to hit the U.S. It is forecast to become a tropical storm in the next day or so while drifting to the southwest. The NHC is encouraging officials in northeastern Mexico, Texas and Louisiana to monitor its progress.

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