The NHC said Florence is expected to be an "extremely risky major hurricane" when it makes landfall in the Carolinas late Thursday or early Friday, bringing life-threatening storm surge to coastal areas.
Hurricane Florence is expected to bring high winds to North Carolina's coast by Thursday afternoon. It is likely to become a Category 5 before landfall. Most of the forecast model guidance today made a noteworthy shift westward (and even southwestward) in Florence's track once it reaches the southern North Carolina and northern SC coasts. "You're going to be displaced from your home in coastal areas".
(National Hurricane Center) A map shows projected rainfall brought by Hurricane Florence across the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic, from the National Hurricane Center on September 12, 2018.
The storm is moving west, northwest at 17 miles per hour. "Nonetheless, there still would be a very life threatening storm surge of somewhere around 10 to 15 feet".
"This is not going to be a glancing blow", warned Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "We could see three feet [of rain in places]".
Graphic shows the storm track of Hurricane Florence.
The hurricane will weaken as it moves across land.
The storm is expected to bring tropical storm-force winds, life-threatening storm surges of seawater and 35 inches (89 cm) of rain to parts of the Carolinas and Virginia, where intense inland flooding was expected, the center said. "Now it might be time for the exam", Baxley said late in the morning.
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Astronauts at the International Space Station, for example, struggled to fit the enormous storm into one frame.
Millions have been ordered to evacuate their homes as the storm rages closer to the mainland.
"I think Puerto Rico was incredibly successful", Trump said Tuesday, adding that he thought the storms that hit the island were "probably the hardest" thus far due to "the island nature".
"A storm like this typically causes an increase in fuel purchases in the market and a slowdown in retail demand".
Meanwhile, the projections for rain are growing, adding to growing concerns about flooding across the two states: Coastal North Carolina now expects 20 to 30 inches, with isolated areas of 40 inches projected in SC.
After Florence makes landfall, the high-pressure ridge, now over Washington and NY, will move east, but be replaced by another one forming over the Great Lakes that will likely keep the storm stuck, according to University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy.