Hurricane Florence weakens slightly as it moves toward USA coast: NHC

Gwen Vasquez
September 13, 2018

Hurricane Florence has come closer to the US East Coast as disaster mobilisations expanded south from the Carolinas into Georgia to counter the threat of deadly high seas and calamitous floods.

Hurricane Florence is a Category-4 storm that's headed for the US East Coast and predicted to start impacting SC and North Carolina as early as Thursday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

'Octoberfest at @westbrookbrewingco tonight cheers to hoping hurricane Florence is kind to us here in Charleston, ' one user said. "Don't bet your life on riding out a monster". His diesel supplier promised to appear with more fuel when the supply is half used, he said.

By late last night, authorities in North Carolina reported almost 7,000 evacuees staying in 71 emergency shelters throughout the state.

Hurricane conditions will likely hit on Friday, but tropical storm conditions will arrive on Thursday, according to the hurricane center.

Schools in 26 of the state's 46 counties were closed from Tuesday. Gas stations reported seeing three to four times their normal amount of business, which contributed to temporary shortages in some areas. Harrigan's crew captured images of boarded-up homes and empty beaches.

He said electric power could be out for weeks.

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Those mechanical eyes in the sky can track rainfall, the track of the storm, and other metrics helpful for forecasters keeping people updated on the ground. Coastal evacuations were in effect for Virginia and North Carolina as well. "You can't stop Mother Nature". The D.C. region can expect a few inches of rain and coastal areas may experience minor flooding issues.

As the trough moves east, it will disrupt the winds that steer the hurricane, Stewart said.

Many nursing-home and elder-care institutions throughout the Carolinas closed and evacuated their residents in advance of Florence, anxious about a repeat of last year's deaths of elderly residents after Hurricane Irma struck Florida.

George Brown of Morehead City said he got stuck in six hour traffic as he drove from his home to Knightdale, where he sought shelter. Prisoners were kept at Orleans Parish Prison in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina despite a mandatory citywide evacuation, and many faced grueling conditions as the prison flooded with filthy water while food and water proved scarce or nonexistent.

"I already had a little hurricane bag ready to go". It's a big one'.

Vest emphasized that anyone who hasn't evacuated yet should.

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