Flood waters rise, eight killed as Florence dumps 'epic' rain on Carolinas

According to recent reports, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) in a Press said on Monday that on Thursday this week, a Florence, which is considered as a category 4 hurricane, is now growing in both strength and size. this hurricane on the other hand is expected to strengthen into extremely unsafe storm. Its maximum sustained winds have dropped slightly to 110 miles per hour. The hurricane center said Florence will approach the coast Friday and linger for a while before rolling ashore.

For a swath of the North Carolina shore from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, the storm surge could range from 9-13 feet, the NHC said.

Every coastal city along the Gulf or East Coast of the US is at risk of storm surge, the hurricane center said.

News that the storm could plow through SC after landfall came shortly after McMaster lifted his mandatory evacuation order for Beaufort County and many other areas south of Charleston.

The National Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. advisory Florence will move west-northwestward between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Wednesday. Many areas in the low-lying city flood with routine rain storms, causing street closures and detours.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence put a corridor of more than 10 million people in the crosshairs Wednesday as the monster storm closed in on the Carolinas, uncertainty over its projected path spreading worry across a widening swath of the Southeast.

Forecasters are predicting that Florence will make landfall in the Carolinas late Thursday or early Friday as a slightly weakened but still unsafe Category 3 hurricane.

By Saturday, total rainfall could accumulate to 30 inches (76 centimetres) - or even 40 inches in places - in parts of the Carolinas and Virginia, the NHC said. As of Saturday, about 676,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina, along with 119,000 in SC. Current forecasts call for its winds to be at least a Category 3 storm when it arrives at the Carolinas.

"This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast", it said early Wednesday.


People line up to enter a hurricane shelter at Trask Middle School in North Carolina.

Florence is predicted to turn more toward the northwest by this afternoon and through Thursday - but then it's expected to head more west-northwest, and stall a bit over the Carolinas. "Get food, water. Medications they may need".

In the Charleston region, Walmart closed 10 of its outlets in the area at midnight on Monday after Gov. Henry McMaster issued an evacuation order for the coast of SC.

With the announcement of Hurricane Florence on her way, possibly touching land early on Saturday, September 15, retailers are experiencing high demand for water, bread, batteries and milk.

The tropical storm-force winds extend 280 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, which is far enough to reach from Boston to Philadelphia. "It's a big one", President Trump said in a taped message.

Byard added that this "is not going to be a glancing blow. It goes well inland".

"Do you want to get hit with a train or do you want to get hit with a cement truck?" said Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Their entire neighborhood evacuated in Wilmington, North Carolina, David and Janelle Garrigus planned to ride out Florence at their daughter's one-bedroom apartment in Charlotte. You never know. But we know.


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