Florence Moves Toward the Carolinas

Hurricane Florence track

"Then Florence is still expected to make landfall along the Carolina coast somewhere roughly between the northeast coast of SC to maybe the outer banks in that general area right there".

Southeastern North Carolina remains in the middle of the storm's "cone of uncertainty", with the cone extending from roughly Hilton Head, S.C., in the south to the Chesapeake Bay in the north.

"It's not just the coast", Mr Graham said.

"With time, the wind pushes the water into every nook and cranny you can think of". Extremely risky hurricane-force winds could batter coastal locations Thursday into Friday. This pattern will lead to catastrophic conditions in South and North Carolina as well as Virginia.

"Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE!" tweeted President Donald Trump, adding: "WE are here for you". "In line with that order, Boeing will suspend operations at Boeing South Carolina today so our employees can properly evacuate". That Category 4 storm destroyed 15,000 buildings and killed 19 people in North Carolina. Since then, thousands of people have moved to the coast.

A wider area will be impacted as Florence moves inland.

Both hurricane and storm-surge watches cover the area from Edisto Beach north to the North Carolina-Virginia border, according to a statement issued Tuesday.

"But if you put a foot or 2 - or maybe in some isolated places more - of rain over hills and mountains, you have a very different kind of problem, which is really more unsafe than the flat situation, as bad as that was", he said.

Several college football games face rescheduling or cancellation this week as Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm, barrels toward the Carolina coast.

"Unfortunately, the models were right".

Once the storm hits land, its powerful 130-mile per hour winds are projected to lessen to still potent 50-mph winds over the next day.

According to the National Hurricane Center and NOAA, "the deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of onshore winds, where the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves".

McMaster has already declared a state of emergency in SC and asked President Donald Trump for a federal declaration ahead of the storm, which intensified Monday to a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 130 miles per hour (195 kph).

Last week, Florence became the first major hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season.

In the Pacific, Hurricane Olivia triggered warnings for multiple Hawaiian islands as it blew west toward an arrival over the state as soon as late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

Airlines have allowed passengers to change travel plans that take them into the hurricane's possible path.

Liz Browning Fox was planning to ride out the storm nevertheless on the Outer Banks. She said it was built in 2009 in Buxton, North Carolina, up on a ridge, and made to withstand a hurricane.

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