South Carolina Guard Prepares to Help During, After Hurricane Florence

\'Life-Threatening\' Hurricane Florence Now Forecast to Bring \'Catastrophic\' Flooding

The center of Florence, no longer classified as a major hurricane but still posing a grave threat to life and property, is expected to hit North Carolina's southern coast Friday, then drift southwest before moving inland on Saturday, enough time to drop feet of rain, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The severity of Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm, is intensifying and triggering hurricane warnings along the coasts of the Carolinas, the National Hurricane Center announced in its 5 a.m. Wednesday update.

But a weather formation known as a high-pressure ridge is parked over the U.S. East coast, preventing Florence from doing the normal turn, said University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy. The initial damage is likely due come from the high winds and storm surge-high tides carried by the winds--and then by the vast soaking it will likely leave in both North and SC, as well as Virginia, as it moves slowly inland.

A hurricane watch is now in effect for hundreds of miles of the U.S. East Coast, from Edisto Beach in SC up north to the North Carolina-Virginia border. Florence is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. "If we try to leave, we'll just get stuck in the rain", she said.

"Florence is moving toward the west near 13 miles per hour".

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As of noon Tuesday, the storm was about 1,230 miles southeast of the Cape Fear region, according to the National Weather Service . But, it's the water, not the wind, that has the potential to make the storm so deadly, experts say.

Florence is anticipated to mainly impact South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

Officials say the storm could be reminiscent of Hurricane Harvey, which hit Texas in August 2017.

American Airlines has waived change fees for customers flying between September 10 and September 16 to impacted airports as far south as Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport in Georgia and as far North as Virginia.

By Saturday, total rainfall could accumulate to 20 inches (51 centimeters) - or even 30 inches in places - in parts of the Carolinas and Virginia, the NHC said.

Now, Hurricane Florence threatens to make it three out of four years that a major storm dropped heavy rains and flooded farms and fields with potentially season-ending devastation. "We wish UNC the best of luck through this storm and for the rest of the year".

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"Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls".

In addition to Florence, the Atlantic Ocean now has two other strong storms. All could face widespread "power and communication outages, impassable roads filled with debris and numerous large trees snapped and uprooted along with fences and roadway signs blown over".

A warm ocean is the fuel that powers hurricanes, and this area of the ocean is seeing temperatures peak near 30C, hurricane specialist Eric Blake wrote. He said electric power could be out for weeks.

The tristate area continues to be among the most costly for motorists, with New Yorkers paying an average of $3.00 per gallon and CT paying $3.04 per gallon. "We may see surface winds late this week and over the weekend pick up to between 10 and 15 miles per hour during the day".

However, Hubbard said Florence is not expected to have any impact on Canada, given its predicted track into the US mainland, where it will likely weaken considerably on the weekend.

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Even as the computer models that meteorologists use to derive their forecasts converged on the idea that the hurricane will not make a northward turn away from land before reaching the United States, it became more evident that a growing area of high pressure north of the storm would cause the storm to slow down - perhaps even stalling - once it reaches the coast.

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