Hurricane Florence map uses an unfortunate graphic to display devastation

Ismael LynchSep 13, 2018

Florence weakened slightly to a Category 3 storm on a five-step scale but had maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour (201 km per hour) as of 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT), down from 130 mph earlier in the day.

The evacuations have prompted U-Haul to keep more than 90 of its storage facilities open so those leaving the path of the storm can use them for free, according to Elijah Mack, U-Haul Company of Coastal South Carolina president. "These enormous waves are produced by being trapped along with very strong winds moving in the same direction [as] the storm's motion".

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. "The biggest hazard that we're anxious about is storm surge", Long said.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.

Florence, now a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (209 km/h), was previously expected to travel north, up the North Carolina coast, after making landfall, according to the statement. Life-threatening, catastrophic flash flooding and river flooding is likely. P.J. Tobia reports on the latest in storm preparation from Wilmington, North Carolina.

Woody White, Chairman of the New Hanover County Commissioners, said: "It's going to be bad".

"He was thinking of coming here until this morning, and now he asked me if I wanted to come up there", he said.

While one man concluded: 'We are about to get pounded, but since we have absolutely no control over it, all you can do is laugh, and pray for the best'.

Major evacuations are taking place, and dire projections are being generated by forecasters as they scramble to inform people so they can stay safe from a storm that will bring high winds, a powerful storm surge, and intense rain.

Parts the eastern seaboard of the United States will be deluged with 40 inches of rain and suffer a "Mike Tyson punch" from Hurricane Florence, emergency planners warned today.

"This will be a storm that creates and causes massive damage to our country". Parts of North Carolina could get 1m of rainfall.

On another barrier island just below the Bogue Banks, Steve Harrigan reported live from North Topsail Beach, where visitors and residents were largely heeding warnings from Gov. Roy Cooper (D-N.C.) to evacuate.

Florence is already a Category 4 storm with 130mph winds. The Virginia National Guard is planning to initially bring up to 1,500 soldiers and airmen to offer help in the state's response operations.

A satellite image showing Hurricane Florence in the Atlantic Ocean this week.

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