ATF warns East Coast gun dealers to prepare ahead of Hurricane Florence

Pat Wise
September 16, 2018

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Roger Hannah said all nuclear power plants in the area were preparing but that Duke Energy Corp's Brunswick and Harris plants in North Carolina were most likely to be affected and, if Florence turns north, Dominion Energy Inc's Surry plant in Virginia. "We read about their names and their stories, and we want to try to know why they didn't go".

The storm was getting stronger and stronger.

"Regardless of where the storm makes landfall, all residents in Stanly should prepare for this hurricane", said Brian T. Simpson, director of emergency services.

The National Hurricane Center's predictions are still subject to change, and the track of the storm's center, seen in the map below, could shift significantly. Since reliable record-keeping began more than 150 years ago, North Carolina has been hit by only one Category 4 hurricane: Hazel, with 130 miles per hour winds, in 1954.

"Little change in strength is expected before the eye of Florence reaches the coast, with slow weakening expected after the center moves inland or meanders near the coast", it said.

Ahead of Florence's arrival, barrier islands were already seeing risky rip currents and seawater flowed over a state highway - the harbinger of a storm surge that could wipe out dunes and submerge entire communities.

The storm has Category 4 winds of 140 miles per hour and is moving west-northwest at 13 miles per hour. Beyond the Carolinas and Virginia, the threat of flooding extends into next week to parts of Georgia, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, forecasters said. "Flooding is the deadliest result of these storms".

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The Category 4 storm's approach led to a series of schedule adjustments Tuesday for teams in the Carolinas and Virginia. That would actually be Florence's storm surge, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said.

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On North Carolina's Outer Banks, Dawn Farrow Taylor, 50, was gathering photos and important documents and filling prescriptions Monday before heading inland. She grew up on the island chain, and says this will be only the second time she has evacuated. "I don't think you guys like much what you're seeing on the ground either". And out here we're so fragile.

As has been previously announced, the USC campus is closed beginning Tuesday and until further notice per South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster's order. She said it was built in 2009 in Buxton, North Carolina, up on a ridge, and made to withstand a hurricane.

As of Tuesday, more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.

The town of Bluffton said McMaster's order includes the evacuation and closing of hospitals and nursing home facilities.

That's a reference to the infamous storm that came ashore just north of Charleston, S.C.in late September 1989 as a category three system - killing almost three dozen SC residents and doing an estimated $10 billion worth of damage. "There is no way to be completely safe".

Jim Craig, David Burke and Chris Rayner load generators as people buy supplies at The Home Depot on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, in Wilmington, N.C.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Monday that President Donald Trump had a briefing call at the White House about Hurricane Florence with the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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