Hurricane Florence: Travel Begins To Snarl As Storm Closes In

WHAT’S HAPPENING Florence’s rain bands lash Carolinas

A storm front is seen on the beach in North Topsail Beach, North Carolina, prior to Hurricane Florence moving toward the USA east coast.

This NOAA/RAMMB satellite image taken at 11:30 UTC on September 13, 2018, shows Hurricane Florence beginning to hit the USA east coast. It's expected to move slowly over eastern SC on Friday night through Saturday night.

"There is still time to leave", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told "CBS This Morning" on Thursday. Last year, Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas with 27 trillion gallons of rain, which broke records. Rivers will continue to rise days after the rain has stopped, he said.

"The satellite presentation of Florence has changed little overnight with the eye waxing and waning in infrared imagery", according to the NHC's discussion of the hurricane.

Heavy flooding is expected, with a storm surge up to 13ft (4 metres) in the area stretching from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, North Carolina. More than 26,000 hunkered down in shelters. "Tens of thousands of structures are expected to be flooded, and many more by rising rivers and creeks".

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

Instead of pushing directly towards states like West Virgina, Kentucky, or IN (following a generally northwest track from its initial landfall), Florence may now stall out on top of SC before moving west or southwest towards Georgia, Alabama, and Florida.

Dark clouds hang off the beach of Hatteras Village at the south end of Hatteras Island, NC., on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018.

Wind and the tidal surge will be the biggest issues for airports in the coastal Carolinas, FlightAware's Orsi said. "Be careful!" Trump tweeted. The Hurricane Center forecasts that Florence will approach the coasts of North and SC later on Thursday, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and eastern SC on Thursday night and Friday. "You put your life at risk by staying".

Dorf says trucking companies and logistics firms are working with FEMA and state and local authorities to park trucks full of goods and materials needed in the recovery in temporary warehouse and staging areas just out of the path of the hurricane, so they can quickly move into affected areas once the storm clears.

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On Saturday, its streets were strewn with downed tree limbs and carpeted with leaves and other debris.

"We lost power at home so we figured we should come to the bar", said Carla Mahaffee, a 33-year-old actor from Wilmington, as she drank a cider. More significant weakening is expected over the weekend and into early next week while Florence moves farther inland. With the storm expected to "stick" on the high-pressure ridge, moving north, west, or northwest seems to be safest.

The East Coast isn't the only area facing the brunt of a storm. "I hope we don't but that might be the only thing that would affect us", James said.

This vulnerable area has been under mandatory-evacuation orders since Wednesday night at 8 p.m., and those who are choosing to ride out the storm have been under a mandatory curfew since that time, to keep people inside.

As the United States dealt with Florence, a strong typhoon tore across the northern tip of the Philippines, wrecking homes and triggering landslides before heading toward Hong Kong and China.

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