Photos of Hurricane Florence from space are truly scary to behold

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 14, 2018

Governors of those states have already declared states of emergency, as have the governors of Virginia and Maryland.

Updated NHC forecasts showed the storm lingering near the coast, bringing days of heavy rains that could bring intense inland flooding from SC, where some areas could see as much as one metre of rain, to Virginia.

The hurricane center's projected track had Florence hovering off the southern North Carolina coast starting Thursday night before finally blowing ashore.

The shift south and west will encompass more of SC and western North Carolina.

The News & Observer reports that the storm's path shifted early Wednesday and it is now bearing down on southern North Carolina and northern SC, where it could dump up to 40 inches of rain in places.

Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said that while Florence is expected to slow down considerably by late Thursday and into Friday, it will still be an "extremely risky major hurricane" when it makes landfall. Florence is expected to remain a Category 4 storm when it makes landfall.

As of 2 p.m., the Category 3 storm was centered 435 miles (700 kilometers) southeast of Wilmington, moving at 16 mph (26 kph), with the potential for 1 to 3 feet of rain in places - enough to touch off catastrophic flooding inland and an environmental disaster, too, if the water inundates the region's many industrial waste sites and hog manure ponds. "We are ready for the big one that is coming!" Rather than pushing up toward western Virginia, the storm's center is now predicted to move across the middle of SC.

More than a million people have been ordered to evacuate coastal areas ahead of the arrival of Florence, which boasts sustained winds of 130 miles per hour.

"This is not going to be a glancing blow", warned Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. All three states ordered mass evacuations along the coast.

"I'm not approaching Florence from fear or panic", said Brad Corpening, 35, who planned to ride out the storm in his boarded-up delicatessen in Wilmington. Unsure of what they would find when they return home, the couple went shopping for a recreational vehicle. "If we try to leave, we'll just get stuck in the rain".

"It's been really nice", Nicole Roland said. Forecasters also were tracking two other disturbances.

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