UNC, NC State cancel football games due to Hurricane Florence

Ismael LynchSep 15, 2018

Meteorologists were not certain where Florence would wash ashore, but as of Monday evening landfall was generally expected to be somewhere between Myrtle Beach and North Carolina's Outer Banks.

North and SC residents all along the eastern Atlantic coast are evacuating ahead of an intensifying Hurricane Florence.

Aside from the storm surge and coastal flooding, expect colossal freshwater flooding as well.

DAT Solutions reported the Labor Day holiday and the need to position freight ahead of Hurricane Florence led to an increase in spot truckload van and refrigerated freight rates during the week ended September 8. Also, it is unlikely the Knights will be able to replace the North Carolina contest with another game as the Knights don't have a true open date. That Category 4 storm destroyed 15,000 buildings and 19 people in North Carolina.

North Carolina governor Roy Cooper said his state is "in the bullseye" and urged people to "get ready now".

"The key really is this thing is going to be a huge storm when it threatens the coast and this is just something that doesn't happen every day when you see things lining up as they are", he continued.

When asked in a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Sheriff P.J. Tanner said the school district must first evaluate how many teachers and staff evacuated ahead of the order. Highways will be converted to one-way evacuation routes away from the evacuation zones.

According to AAA, the storm "will likely have an impact on East Coast gas prices this week should the storm follow its projected path". "A lot of local people are staying", she said of the island, which is reachable only by ferry or plane.

With Hurricane Florence now forecast to make landfall in North Carolina late Thursday or early Friday, all area counties are under both hurricane and storm surge watches. And with little wind shear to pull the storm apart, Florence's hurricane-strength winds were expanding, reaching 40 miles (64 kilometers) from the eye of the storm.

After Florence makes landfall, that ridge, now over Washington and NY, will move east - but be replaced by another one forming over the Great Lakes that will likely keep the storm stuck, McNoldy said.

Forecasters are clear: Hurricane Florence is rapidly getting stronger, predictions are dire and the three states in its path are bracing for the worst.

"Cotton is probably the most vulnerable crop from this storm", McIntosh says. "Florence has rapidly intensified into an extremely risky hurricane", Blake wrote Monday evening, predicting that the hurricane's top sustained winds would approach the 157 miles per hour (253 kph) threshold for a wost-case Category 5 scenario.

Shelters were set up in the area to take in those who could not evacuate. A hospital in Hampton, Virginia, was transferring patients to safer places.

"On the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale Florence is a Category 4, meaning "catastrophic damage" can occur".

Florence could be only the second Category 4 storm to pummel the Carolinas since 1800, when record-keeping began.

"We are sparing no expense". He said the federal government is "absolutely, totally prepared" for Florence.

Trump faced severe criticism for his administration's response to Hurricane Maria a year ago in Puerto Rico.

"Many of the people here have never seen a storm this strong".

Days before its arrival, Florence was already disrupting commercial operations.

Governors of several states including North and SC have also waived certain trucking and transportation regulations to help prep for the storm - and be ready to take quick action once the worst it over.

Residents prepared by boarding up their homes and stocking up on food, water and other essentials, stripping grocery store shelves of merchandise.

Long lines formed at service stations, and some started running out of gas as far west as Raleigh, with bright yellow bags, signs or rags placed over the pumps to show they were out of order.

Maps of Florence's trajectory showed the centre of the storm most likely to strike the southern coast of North Carolina. "What is flooding going to do to our home, our city?" A storm surge of ocean water from 6 to 12 feet is possible as the center of Florence makes landfall.

"Where else can we go?" "We certainly understand the need for safety, of course, we just felt that tomorrow, making the decision then, would've been more responsible and accurate".

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