Hurricane Florence Zeroes In On Carolinas, Bringing 130 MPH Winds

Cristina Cross
September 13, 2018

This storm is a slow-moving mammoth and will linger for days on the coast, heavily affecting not only North and SC but also Georgia and parts of Virginia before moving further inland, causing devastation to entire states throughout the weekend.

"This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding", the NHC said.

Sand bags surround homes on North Topsail Beach, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast.

According to analytics firm CoreLogic, the hurricane could wreak more than $170billion (£130billion) in havoc and damage almost 759,000 homes and businesses.

One grocery store in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, sported a plea for divine intervention - with forecasters warning that the threat of devastation remains high despite the downgrade.

"We could cover several states easily with the cloud cover alone", Graham said. Wilmington, North Carolina, just north of where Florence appeared headed for shore, grew empty and quiet on Wednesday.

"If you aren't under evacuation orders, now's the time to finish preparations and get ready to hunker down", Cooper said.

Spokesman Howard Fowler said restoration could take "weeks instead of days", even though 20,000 workers, including crews from outside the area, were standing by.

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While one man concluded: 'We are about to get pounded, but since we have absolutely no control over it, all you can do is laugh, and pray for the best'.

"Hugo was a direct hit", he said.

In a trailer park outside Wilmington, Alondra Espinoza was preparing to leave with her two young children. "Everyone was sold out", she said.

One wrote: 'I hope everyone in the path of Florence's massive penis stays safe'.

North Carolina's 100-year-flood plains still house 62 industrial hog farms and 30 chicken-raising operations, with a combined 532 manure ponds within the floodplain or within 100 feet of it, the Environmental Working Group said in a statement today.

DOT crews and the State Highway Patrol were quickly clearing accidents, stranded drivers and abandoned vehicles off major highways near the coast so they don't hinder the evacuation effort. Although North Carolina is still expected to see the worst of the storm, a more southern track would mean that states further north - like Virginia - could be spared of some nasty weather.

In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate.

A hurricane hunter with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) flew into the category three Hurricane Florence and reported back Wednesday what he was seeing.

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