Hurricane Florence could 'kill a lot of people'

Hurricane Florence could 'kill a lot of people'

Florence's hurricane-force winds were blowing 80 miles (130 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds reached up to 195 miles (315 kilometers) from the eye. The forecast calls for as much as 40 inches of rain over seven days along the coast, with the deluge continuing even as the center of the storm eventually makes its way over the Appalachian Mountains.

Hurricane Florence's winds began whipping coastal North Carolina on Thursday as the slow-moving tempest began to unleash fierce rains that forecasters warned would cause catastrophic flooding across a wide swath of the USA southeast.

A slow motion over eastern SC is forecast Friday night through Saturday night. Airlines cancelled almost 1,000 flights and counting.

It's unclear exactly how many people fled, but more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.

The storm is still forecast to be an "extremely unsafe major hurricane when it nears the USA coast late Thursday and Friday", the National Hurricane Center (NHC) says.

The storm's possible track now bends farther to the SW and closer to cities like Jacksonville, but it's the delay and the possible repeat of a Harvey-like storm cycle that has officials and weather forecasters anxious.

Norfolk and Charleston are among the busiest ports on the East Coast after New York-New Jersey and Savannah.

People who thought they were safe from the onslaught of Hurricane Florence began boarding up and Georgia's governor declared a state of emergency Wednesday as uncertainty over the path of the monster storm spread worry along the Southeastern coast.

About 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches, the National Weather Service said.

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A hurricane warning is in effect for South Santee River, SC, north to Duck, NC, and the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.

Body surfer Andrew Vanotteren, of Savannah, Ga., crashes into waves from Hurricane Florence, Wednesday, Sept., 12, 2018, on the south beach of Tybee Island, Ga. In South Carolina, close to the Georgia line, Beaufort County emergency chief Neil Baxley told residents they need to prepare again for the worst just in case. "We're still going to have a Category 4 storm surge".

Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) spokesman Jeff Byard said storm surges may bring catastrophic flooding to inland areas. Storm surge of 13 feet on top of a high tide at 7 feet could overwhelm Carolina Beach.

Central Ohio may see some of Florence's moisture early next week.

Those threats include flooding from heavy rains, along with high winds, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C.

Roslyn Fleming, 56, said her granddaughter was baptized in the inlet near where she lives in the coastal community of Sea Breeze and on Thursday morning she used her iPad to make a video of the scene.

Their entire neighbourhood evacuated in Wilmington, North Carolina, David and Janelle Garrigus planned to ride out Florence at their daughter's one-bedroom apartment in Charlotte. After criticism for its response in Puerto Rico to last year's Hurricane Maria, which officials there said was responsible for 3,000 deaths, Trump has vowed a vigorous response to Florence and defended his handling of Maria. Tropical Storm Olivia has made landfall in the Hawaiian islands, the Philippines are bracing for the powerful typhoon Mangkhut, and Tropical Storm Isaac is nearing the Leeward Islands. It is expected to turn away from the U.S.

Subtropical storm Joyce formed in the Atlantic on Wednesday but is not expected to threaten land.

Another disturbance is swirling around in the Gulf of Mexico. The NHC is encouraging officials in northeastern Mexico, Texas and Louisiana to monitor its progress.

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