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Bracing for Hurricane Florence | Don't Miss This”

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said: "Florence is still forecast to be an extremely risky major hurricane when it nears the USA coast late Thursday and Friday".

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand. The rest of South and North Carolina, including cities from Charlotte to Raleigh, can expect 6 to 12 inches of rain - and up to 2 feet in isolated areas, the NHC warned.

Baker said the rain will bring damaging flash flooding to all areas of the Wilmington region, not just low-lying areas that are particularly vulnerable.

The first large power outage in the Wilmington area also occurred Thursday morning, with the Duke outage map showing almost 1,400 customers in the Acme-Delco area of Columbus County and northwest Brunswick County without power.

People have been ordered to evacuate the Carolinas ahead of strong winds and heavy rain as the hurricane lands. 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.

States up and down the East Coast have a great potential for severe weather.

The hurricane centers best guess was that Florences eye would blow ashore as early as Friday afternoon around the North Carolina-South Carolina line.

Locals in the Carolina states have said they have little trust in the authorities and fear they would not get much support from central government should the area be devastated by the hurricane, given the response to the devastation caused by Maria to Puerto Rico past year.

As of Thursday at 8 a.m., forecasters with the National Hurricane Center said wind speeds have dropped from a high of 140 miles per hour (225 kph) to 110 miles per hour (175 kph), reducing it from a Category 4 storm to a Category 2.

McMaster ordered mandatory evacuation of coastal SC counties on Tuesday.

A storm surge watch is in effect for Edisto Beach, SC, to South Santee River, SC, and for north of Duck, NC, to the North Carolina/Virginia border. But authorities warned Florence has an enormous wind field that has been growing larger, raising the risk of the ocean surging on to land and making Florence extremely risky.

Forecasters anxious the storm's damage will be all the worse if it lingers on the coast.

But the biggest danger could be life-threatening storm surges. However, the surge is expected to be accompanied by large and destructive waves, regardless of when the storm arrives. The track also shifted somewhat south and west, throwing Georgia into peril as Florence moves inland. Even though it has weakened, it still carries the high risk of torrential rains and catastrophic flooding.

"It has moved in", said Jordan Baker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington.

"It certainly is a challenge forecasting precise impacts when its exact track won't be known until a day in advance", Landsea said: There's "a huge difference" in the size and type of damage Florence inflicts if it stays 50 miles (80 kilometres) off shore versus heading inland immediately. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands face possible isolated amounts of 3 inches.

Typically, hurricanes moving toward the US would curve northward, missing the mainland as they move around a high-pressure system of winds. With about $30 billion in damages, Hurricane Ike was, at the time, the second-costliest US hurricane on record.

Subtropical Storm Joyce, which formed in the North Atlantic Tuesday, is also not expected to hit the U.S. It is forecast to become a tropical storm in the next day or so while drifting to the southwest.

Another disturbance is swirling around in the Gulf of Mexico.

Florence is the most risky of three tropical systems in the Atlantic.



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