Hurricane Florence is a Category-4 storm that's headed for the US East Coast and predicted to start impacting SC and North Carolina as early as Thursday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Amazing, yet terrifying video from a plane flying into the eye of Hurricane Florence, takes a look inside the Category 4 storm that's barreling towards the US East Coast.
"This will be a storm that creates and causes massive damage to our country", Jeff Byard, Federal Emergency Management Agency associate administrator, told CNN on September 11.
The Miami-based NHC stressed, however, that while a slow weakening is expected over the next 24 hours "Florence is still forecast to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane when it nears the U.S. coast late Thursday and Friday".
After making landfall this Friday (Sept. 14), the massive storm will now "wobble" southward and then head west, making a "big, grand tour" of the southeastern United States, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) meteorologist Kevin Scasny said in a statement released today (Sept. 12).
"The state is mobilising all available resources to ensure public safety", Deal said. Residents in coastal areas should follow evacuation orders from local officials because of the potential for life-threatening storm surge flooding.
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But despite the potentially devastating hurricane, forecast to make landfall on Friday with 130mph winds, people tried to offer some "relief" in the silence before the storm. Forecasters worry the storm's damage will be worse if it lingers on the coast.
South Carolina's governor ordered the state's entire coastline evacuated at noon Tuesday and predicted that 1 million people would flee as highways reverse directions. They were expecting to be in SC for 10 to 14 days, according to a spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Pete Piringer.
Hurricane Florence put a corridor of more than 10 million people in the crosshairs Wednesday as the monster storm closed in on the Carolinas, uncertainty over its projected path spreading worry across a widening swath of the Southeast.
Forecasters anxious the storm's damage will be all the worse if it lingers on the coast.
"It's kind of scary, but now that it's dropped to a Category 3, it's really not bothering me that much", she said. "You feel like you should have already left".