Hurricane Florence: What to Do in the Event of a Blackout

Hurricane Florence: What to Do in the Event of a Blackout

At least 280,000 people are already without power as the outskirts of the storm lashed North and SC, and Virginia.

As Hurricane Florence begins to hammer the Carolinas, a few fliers managed to escape the storms path, arriving at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Thursday just before the hurricane is predicted to made landfall.

Due to the expansive nature of Hurricane Florence, Red Cross volunteers are stretched thin across the state, Shumake said. The core is also about 60 miles (95 kilometers) east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Gerst was in absolute awe of the storm, as we all would be, saying the storm was so wide they could only capture it with a wide angle lens.

The wave action and strong winds of Florence will cause a large amount of water to pile up along the coast of North and SC. Florence is still a very large hurricane.

This same zone will be hammered by winds gusting up to hurricane force for almost a day while tropical-storm conditions could linger twice that long.

The hurricane center also said the threat of tornadoes was increasing as Florence neared shore and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said the heavy rains could trigger landslides in the western part of his state.

Residents should stay away from doors and windows and stay in the most interior part of the structure they are using for shelter, he said. Showers and storms will increase in activity as the day progresses. A few spotty downpours will be possible to go along with wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour.

What also makes Florence extremely risky are the deadly storm surges, mammoth coastal flooding and historic rainfall expected far inland.

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Because the storm will slow it moves over the eastern Carolinas, these wind impacts will be magnified. Looking a little better on Sunday as high pressure builds in and pushes Florence over inland NC/SC. And newly formed Subtropical Storm Joyce is not expected to threaten land soon. We will continue to see lingering showers and storms to start the work week.

Based on the current forecast track, here is what to expect...

Areas close to and south of the Albemarle could see 6-10′.

Winds were already picking up along the coastline on Thursday morning and some minor flooding was reported on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and in some coastal towns.

Virginia Beach: 30-40 G50+.

11 AM Update: Florence is now 145 miles ESE of Wilmington, NC. The storm's speed slowed down to 10 miles per hour, moving northwest, the NHC said in its 2 p.m. update. The forecasters say the slow speed will give Florence time to pound the Carolinas with bands of heavy rain.

No matter how devastating or catastrophic a hurricane or typhoon is predicted to be, there will inevitably be some people who refuse to evacuate and insist on riding the storm out-and with Hurricane Florence getting ready to assault the Carolinas, some residents of coastal areas in North and SC are doing exactly that.

"One minute we're at a high state of alert, the next we're at a low state, but we can adapt to the situation", said Capt. Eric Abdullah, of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, who said officials were trying to stay flexible.

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