Hurricane Florence: Carolinas brace for 'storm of lifetime'

Hurricane Florence: Carolinas brace for 'storm of lifetime'

It could stall just off the coast and then drift south along the SC coast and possibly make a landfall as a weaker system if it doesn't make it clearly over the coast of North Carolina. The number is expected to rise, the flight-tracking service said.

Officials say Hurricane Florence could bring not only flooding but also landslides to SC.

Tens of thousands of homes and businesses could be flooded in North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper warned.

"I don't care if this goes down to a Category 1", CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.

"This large-scale feature is expected to keep the hurricane moving northwestward today, followed by a turn toward the west at a much slower speed on Friday as the ridge to the north of Florence weakens due to a weak shortwave trough dropping slowly southward from the Ohio Valley". "We're about to be in the thick of it".

More people were expected at arrive at more emergency shelters as the latest forecasts showed Hurricane Florence taking aim at the Carolinas Wednesday morning.

The storm's center was about 170 miles southeast of Wilmington at 8 a.m. Thursday, according to a National Hurricane Center briefing. With it, the storm will drop significant rainfall across the Grand Strand - 15 inches to 20 inches and the Midlands - 4 inches to 10 inches.

"It will be historic", Baker said of the rain from Florence. And this, he said, is like nothing Toronto has ever seen.

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Authorities reversed the flow of traffic on the eastbound lanes of many highways to help residents evacuate and move inland more quickly, and that will continue in some areas for a while Thursday. "It will probably fall faster than it can leave. There will be some rain but at the moment it doesn't look as though that's going to be the issue".

- The outer bands of Hurricane Florence, which has downgraded to a Category 2 storm, have reached the Carolina coastline as of Thursday morning.

Nevertheless, torrential rain will be moving ashore Thursday, continuing into Friday, and dumping one or perhaps even two feet of rain in some areas.

"It certainly is a challenge forecasting precise impacts when its exact track won't be known until a day in advance", Landsea said: There's "a huge difference" in the size and type of damage Florence inflicts if it stays 50 miles (80 kilometres) off shore versus heading inland immediately. Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and he said it will still be an extremely unsafe storm for rain and storm surge.

Heavy and excessive rainfall is tipped to be life-threatening, as it will trigger both flash flooding and cause rivers to burst their banks.

Clearing the roads of hurricane-blown debris could take a couple of days or even weeks, says Dorf, depending on the severity the storm.

Computer simulations - especially the often star-performing European model - push the storm further south, even into SC and Georgia. Sixty-one shelters have opened in SC - 12 of which are designated for special medical needs - able to now accommodate more than 31,000 people.

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