Beach Town's Main Drag Empty Ahead of Hurricane Florence

Gwen Vasquez
September 16, 2018

Dedicated pages for Hurricane Florence have been created on both the North Carolina Department of Insurance and South Carolina Department of Insurance websites, with information for people on how to prepare, file claims and what to watch out for after the storm.

Duke Energy told The Associated Press that damage from Hurricane Florence could cut off electricity to three-quarters of some 4 million customers in the Carolinas.

"Strength, track, and forward speed of Florence will be the major players in determining the scope and amount of rainfall and correspondingly the severity of inland flooding", according to AccuWeather forecaster Dan Kottlowski on September 12.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence had maximum sustained winds of about 175 kilometers per hour (108 mph) early Thursday, and that it would maintain about that level until the center of the storm makes landfall.

"On the forecast track, the center of Florence is expected to move inland across extreme southeastern North Carolina and extreme eastern South Carolina Friday and Saturday", the NHC said.

The storm will slow down because of pushback from a trough - an extended area of low atmospheric pressure - now over Texas, Stacy Stewart, an NHC senior hurricane specialist, said in the update.

More than 1 million have been ordered to evacuate the coastlines of the Carolinas and Virginia. The more it hovers just off shore, the more potentially deadly storm surge it could push on-shore.

The White House said President Donald Trump approved making federal funding available in some affected counties.

Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help deal with what could be weeks of power outages in the aftermath, the company said.

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

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Computer models of exactly what the storm might do varied, adding to the uncertainty.

Florence is becoming more of a threat to more people - now including some in Georgia - in more ways.

Reacting to the possibility of a more southerly track, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared an emergency but did not immediately order any evacuations.

The storm, which is estimated to be 40 miles wide, with tropical winds extending for around 350 miles, is projected to strike somewhere the North Carolina-South Carolina border late Friday afternoon.

A woman walks her bike across a street near a boarded up bar a day before the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Wilmington. (AAP) Millions of residents on the United States east coast are on high alert as Hurricane Florence approaches. "It's possible that the west coast of Wales and Cornwall could get some winds as well, but we will get a clearer picture of what to expect very soon". Unsure of what they would find when they return home, the couple went shopping for a recreational vehicle.

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.

The outer bands of the storm were already reaching the coast Thursday, bringing tropical-force winds and rain.

Causey and Farmer said after the storm passes, they know the insurance industry will be working to get people back on their feet, as is the case after every catastrophe event. "The northern side is going to be the worst side of this [hurricane]".

Myrtle Beach's Ocean Boulevard was practically empty at midday on Wednesday, September 12, as the SC town prepared for the arrival of Hurricane Florence.

"It's been really nice", Nicole Roland said.

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