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14 September 2018, 01:23 | Edward Lowe
Enlarge At 8:15am ET on Thursday morning a less organized Florence approaches the North Carolina
It's predicted the fierce weather system will linger over the Carolina coast for days, not hours.
The outer bands of wind and rain from a weakened but still lethal Hurricane Florence began lashing North Carolina on Thursday as the monster storm moved in for a prolonged and potentially catastrophic stay along the Southeast coast that could drench the homes of as many as 10 million people.
Gov. Henry McMaster told reporters Thursday that up to 7 inches of rain in the state's northwestern mountains could mean landslides and risky conditions.
The downgraded status of the storm, which indicates that Hurricane Florence is moving at maximum sustained wind speeds of 110 miles per hour, means little in terms of its impact and deadly potential, according to Elliot Abrams, chief forecaster at Accuweather.
As the states of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia prepare for this week's arrival of Hurricane Florence, college football contests across the region have either been moved or canceled.
"Since the track is slower and the storm will reside in the area for a longer period of time rainfall amounts are expected to be extreme", Reid Hawkins, science officer for the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, said in a statement. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center, while tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles.
The outer bands of Hurricane Florence, a large and risky Category 2 storm and one of 9 deadly storms circling the globe, landed on the North Carolina coast Thursday morning (local time).
The hurricane centre's best guess was that Florence's eye would blow ashore as early as Friday afternoon (Saturday NZT) around the North Carolina-South Carolina line.
Meanwhile the hurricane is forecast to dump 1ft to 2ft 6in of rain that could cause flooding well inland and wreak environmental havoc by washing over industrial waste sites and farms.
As Hurricane Florence bears down on the North and SC coasts, some residents are ignoring officials' calls to evacuate. The National Hurricane Center says the storm surge could rise up to 13 feet - that's water inundating homes up to their first floor roof.
The path of Hurricane Florence could affect the homes of more than 5 million people, and more than 1 million of them have been ordered to evacuate. Hopefully, the forecast will stay as it is right now and we'll continue to play the game.
Cooper and his SC counterpart, Henry McMaster, told the more than 1 million people who have been told to leave that if they don't, they are on their own. Airlines had canceled almost 1,000 flights and counting.
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The hurricane is exposing other chinks in the supply chain, as many retailers big and small are running low on storm-prep essentials, from batteries, generators and plywood to bread and bottled water. The two hardware chains said they sent in a total of around 1100 trucks.
Kourounis and Robinson have seen their share of hurricanes, many of them together.
By way of computer modeling, Duke Energy anticipates between 1 and 3 million customers in the Carolinas to lose power in addition to those Dominion serves in Virginia. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said. So we could have two landfalls - one around Wilmington and then one near Myrtle Beach or even south of there.
"Simply put, when you have tens of thousands of people that are trying to get out of harm's way and they're all filling up at the same time, certainly it overwhelms how much gasoline can be stored.at gas stations". "This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast".
"I said, 'Why get on the road like this?"
A view of Hurricane Florence is shown churning in the Atlantic Ocean in a west, north-westerly direction heading for the eastern coastline of the United States.
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While, of course, this is a good thing, by no means should anyone down in the Carolinas feel that they are out of the woods. Hurricane force winds (74 mph+) will reach the coastline by this evening and continue to batter the area all day Friday .
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