Hurricane Florence likely to track over South Carolina, Cause Rain in Triad

Hurricane Florence likely to track over South Carolina, Cause Rain in Triad

Moreover, high tides around noon and midnight these next few days will make the storm surges even worse, Samson said.

More than 1.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate along 300 miles of coastline.

"The Charleston area now is expected to see at least 1-2 inches of rain over the next several days".

"We're still looking at the potential for heavy rainfall that could produce flooding", she said.

Life-threatening storm surges of up to 13 feet (3.9 meters) were also forecast in some areas of North Carolina along with the possibility of tornadoes. But the change was probably temporary and didn't do anything to lessen the danger, said Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

At 2 p.m., the storm was centered 435 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving at 16 mph.

Updated NHC forecasts showed the storm lingering near the coast, bringing days of heavy rains that could bring intense inland flooding from SC to Virginia.

As of Tuesday (Wednesday NZT), about 1.7 million people in North and SC and Virginia were under warnings to evacuate the coast, and hurricane watches and warnings extended across an area with about 5.4 million residents.

The US National Weather Service says more than 10 million residents in the US states of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia are under a storm watch or warning because of Hurricane Florence.

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The eastbound lanes of several major highways have been shut down to allow traffic to flow inland, but the exodus was slow along roads jammed with outward-bound vehicles.

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

Another FEMA spokesman said: "I need to re-emphasise this is a risky storm".

For anyone needing a place to stay to escape the hurricane, both North Carolina and SC are updating their lists of emergency shelters.

In a videotaped message from the White House, US President Donald Trump said the government is fully prepared for Florence but urged people to "get out of its way". About 3000 people died in the aftermath of that storm.

"I rode out Hugo", Miller said of a 1989 hurricane that caused widespread damage. Home Depot and Lowe's activated emergency response centers to get generators, trash bags and bottled water to stores before and after the storm. "It's sort of like having 33 weather stations out in the middle of the ocean", said flight director Richard Henning. "We have everything. We're ready".

"Disaster is at the doorstep and is coming in". If you have any preparations to make, make sure you get them done today.

Numerous beach communities expected to be impacted by Hurricane Florence have livestreams to monitor the surf conditions.

The NHC said Helene was weakening, however, and posed no danger to land.

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