Hurricane Florence threatens millions on US East Coast

Gwen Vasquez
September 13, 2018

Storm surges up to 3.9 meters (13 feet), the possibility of tornados and nearly a meter of rain in some areas of North and SC were expected when Hurricane Florence makes landfall late Thursday.

"Don't play games with it". It's big and it's vicious.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, concerned the storm would bring its devastation south, issued an emergency declaration for all 159 counties in his state.

Georgia's governor has declared a state of emergency, citing potential "changes in the storm's trajectory" as well as an influx of evacuees heading south from the Carolinas.

The shift in the projected track had areas that once thought they were out of range anxious. Shelters in the city were filling and some people were being bused inland to Raleigh, even though some residents there were told they might have to evacuate because of flooding.

"We've had our lessons".

Forecasters are predicting that Florence will make landfall in the Carolinas late Thursday or early Friday as a still powerful Category 3 hurricane. But with models now suggesting it will instead hover off the Carolinas starting Thursday night before finally blowing ashore on Saturday, that could mean severe impacts for a longer stretch of coastline, and for a longer period of time, than previously thought.

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In a video Wednesday morning, the president assured Americans in the storm's path that the federal government was "fully prepared" for Florence's landfall. More to come on this part of the forecast.

The National Hurricane Center is warning of a potentially deadly landfall for the massive storm, which has resulted in evacuation orders for more than 1.5 million people along the East Coast.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator Jeff Byard warned that despite its slight weakening, Florence will still be an extremely risky hurricane.

Jeff Byard of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) invoked a former boxing champion to warn residents that it would bring "a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast".

"For a meandering storm, the biggest concern - as we saw with Harvey - is the huge amount rainfall", said Chris Landsea, chief of tropical analysis and forecast branch at the National Hurricane Center.

Graham said in a statement that Trump called him and "asked if there was anything his Administration needed to do that was not now being done for the people of SC". Most other beachgoers were long done.

"We got A Pluses for our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida (and did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico, even though an inaccessible island with very poor electricity and a totally incompetent Mayor of San Juan)", Trump tweeted. "You feel like you should have already left".

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