How Hurricane Florence could hit you in the pocket

Hurricane Florence NOAA update

Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and the rain and storm surge will make Florence extremely unsafe. He said the federal government is "absolutely, totally prepared" for Florence. Among other storms previous year, Hurricane Irma caused destruction in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands, while Hurricane Harvey resulted in severe flooding in parts of Texas. "We're ready and God will watch over us".

"The waves and the wind this storm may bring is nothing like you've ever seen".

According to forecasters, the center of Florence is expected to hit North Carolina's southern coast Friday, then drift southwest before moving inland on Saturday.

More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate over the past few days, and the homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.

The Union Point Park Complex is seen flooded as the Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, Sept. 13, 2018. This rainfall will produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding.

"You are taking the ocean and raising it", said storm surge expert Hal Needham, director of Marine Weather and Climate in Miami.

"I don't care if this goes down to a Category 1", CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said. Florence's center will approach the North and SC coasts late Thursday and Friday.

Florence's predicted pause and slow southward turn off North Carolina on Friday means some coastal areas will get damaging hurricane-force winds for more than 24 hours.

People fleeing coastal North and SC clogged highways early Wednesday as Florence bore down on the coast for a direct hit in a low-lying region dense with beachfront vacation homes.

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The eastbound lanes of several major highways have been shut down to allow traffic to flow inland, but the exodus was slow along roads jammed with outward-bound vehicles.

In South Carolina, traffic along parts of Interstate 26 and United States 501 has been directed away from the coast.

"It doesn't matter how much money you have or how many generators you have if you can't get gas", she said. Close to 40,000 tons of toxic waste was dumped near the town of Eden, North Carolina.

"He was thinking of coming here until this morning, and now he asked me if I wanted to come up there", he said.

"We lost power at home so we figured we should come to the bar", said Carla Mahaffee, a 33-year-old actor from Wilmington, as she drank a cider. Florence's size is "chilling, even from space" As he posted awe-inspiring shots of Hurricane Florence, Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency wrote that staring down "the gaping eye of a category 4 hurricane" is "chilling, even from space".

"If it was a Category Four and we were going to get a direct hit, yes, we wouldn't be here". "I should stay in my house, where I have water and food".

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference that the "historic" hurricane would unleash rains and floods that would inundate nearly the entire state in several feet of water.

"We call them disasters because they break things", said FEMA's Long.

Reacting to the possibility of a more southerly track, Georgia governor Nathan Deal declared an emergency but did not immediately order any evacuations.

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