Hurricane Florence map uses an unfortunate graphic to display devastation

Pat Wise
September 14, 2018

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP warns crime, immigration will spike if Dems win Former NSA chief breaks with other ex-intel officials over Brennan letter Puerto Rico governor issues scathing statement after Trump touts response to hurricane MORE took to Twitter Wednesday morning to urge Americans to be safe during Hurricane Florence and to tout the preparations of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and first responders.

Described as a monster, the eye of Hurricane Florence continues to grow.

North Florida is still outside the cone of forecast tracks for the center of the storm, but the size of Florence means impacts will extend to a large area of the Southeast. It had maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (215 kmh).

Meteorology director Jeff Masters at the private Weather Underground says Florence will come "roaring up to the coast Thursday night and say 'I'm not sure I really want to do this, and I'll just take a tour of the coast and decide where I want to go inland'".

The coastal surge from Florence could leave the eastern tip of North Carolina under more than 3 metres of water in spots, projections showed.

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

Hurricane Florence, heading for the Carolinas, "will likely be the storm of a lifetime" for areas of the coast, according to the National Weather Service early Wednesday.

All three states ordered mass evacuations along the coast.

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Hurricane Helene is heading north to open sea off the coast of the United States and now poses no danger to land after the storm hit cooler waters in the Atlantic.

Authorities in neighboring North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination, and parts of coastal Dare County. Georgia is expected to see tropical storm-force winds and rain in some spots.

NASA also shared a video of the Category 4 storm from the International Space Station.

"A state of emergency has been declared for all 159 counties in Georgia in advance of Hurricane Florence impacts".

The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Florence is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall to portions of the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic states.

Forecasters said parts of North Carolina could get 20in of rain, if not more, with as much as 10in elsewhere in the state and in Virginia, parts of Maryland and Washington DC.

While residents said they planned to stay put despite hurricane watches and warnings that include the homes of more than 5.4 million people on the East Coast, many weren't taking any chances.

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