Answers to the 5 most asked questions about Hurricane Florence

Gwen Vasquez
September 14, 2018

The Charlotte area will likely begin to feel some tropical storm force winds and gusts from Florence late Thursday night as the outer bands make their way farther inland. But forecasters say Florence's biggest threat, as with all hurricanes, lies in its water: a storm surge of up to 13 feet, and rainfall that will trigger catastrophic flooding.

But early Thursday, webcams showed folks out and about on Beaufort County's beaches even as Florence continued to threaten the mid-Atlantic coast.

Scientists hypothesize that a warmer world will bring slower storms, so what we saw last year with Harvey - and now this year with Florence - could be a sign of those changes.

The winds are near 105 miles per hour with higher gusts as it moves to the northwest at 12 p.m., according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC).

He said hurricane-force winds extended outward 80 miles from the center of the storm and tropical storm-force winds extended almost 200 miles out.

What also makes Florence extremely unsafe are the deadly storm surges, mammoth coastal flooding and historic rainfall expected far inland.

The hurricane center's best guess was that Florence's eye would blow ashore as early as Friday afternoon around the North Carolina-South Carolina line.

In North Carolina, Florence is expected to dump up to 40 inches of rain and storm surge will be high.

About 10 million people live in areas that were under either hurricane or tropical storm warnings and watches Thursday.

It is then expected to drift southwest along the shoreline before moving inland on Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

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The region will first be battered with winds of 100 miles per hour or more, which experts have said is strong enough to significantly damage homes and tear away roof shingles.

This doesn't mean that the storm isn't just as risky, as the bulk of the damage and possible loss of life will likely come from the 9-foot storm surge or up to 40 inches of rain that meteorologists are predicting. "Don't play games with it".

"We can only hope it won't hit hard", White said.

More than a million people have been ordered to evacuate the coastlines of the Carolinas and Virginia. Airlines had cancelled almost 1,000 flights and counting. Home Depot and Lowe's activated emergency response centers to get generators, trash bags and bottled water to stores before and after the storm.

A hurricane watch is in effect for Edisto Beach, SC, to South Santee River, SC.

"We are ready, but this is going to be one of the biggest ones to ever hit our country", said the president.

Florence's winds and rains continued to batter the Carolinas Friday morning.

Computer models anticipating the path of the storm are varied, adding to the uncertainty.

"I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence", Deal said. Isolated tornadoes could also occur along North Carolina's coast on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

"I'm lucky to be here today, but wherever they're going to send me I'm going".

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