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Everything you need to know about Hurricane Florence

Everything you need to know about Hurricane Florence”

However, meteorologists are warning that people in its path are still facing unsafe, life-threatening conditions. A high-pressure ridge over the Central and Eastern US is said to be blocking the storm's further movement along its original vectors, though it could still curve again once over land.

Florence's winds had dropped from a peak of 140 miles per hour to 105 miles per hour by Thursday, reducing the hurricane from a terrifying Category 4 to a 2.

The primary example of this is 2012's Hurricane Sandy, which had modest 80mph winds by the time it reached the NY and New Jersey areas.

Cooper said 108 shelters are open across the state, with more than 7,000 people already staying at them, as of Thursday afternoon.

The centre of Florence, which is no longer classified as a major hurricane but still posing a grave threat to life and property, is expected to strike North Carolina's southern coast on Friday. Then it is likely to hover along the coast Saturday, pushing up to 13 feet (nearly 4 meters) of storm surge and unloading water on both states. Additionally, tornadoes could arise in southeast North Carolina on Thursday and Friday.

If you want to know more specific information about your area, head to the National Weather Service's social media page, where you can enter your zip code and find your local forecast office.

Where exactly the zone of heaviest rain sets up as the storm meanders inland is more uncertain, but models suggest that it may concentrate in southern North Carolina and northern SC through the weekend. But because the storm was so large it produced a destructive storm surge in New York City, and caused an estimated $65 billion in damage in the United States. "The storm surge forecast associated with this storm has not changed". It's now predicted to make landfall near Wilmington and then head west across SC.

But despite the drop in wind strength, the most risky threat comes from Florence's rains and storm surge, which could bring flooding far inland.

Though most residents of North and SC and other areas in the hurricane's path have abided by the mandatory evacuation order, Kourounis jokes that the Waffle House is still open. This includes Wilmington. A hurricane watch extends into the Charleston area.

The latest storm surge has some areas under over 8 feet of water.

Heavy flooding is expected, with a storm surge up to 13ft (4 metres) in the area stretching from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, North Carolina.

As it turns into southern SC. But one thing it might actually help is to reduce the overall wind speed, though we're still going to have gusty winds around here which combined with that wet soil could bring down some trees. More flights were expected to be grounded and more airports were preparing to shut down operations as the storm moves inland.

He warned residents to be prepared for mass power outages that could last for days or weeks, echoing the sentiments shared by Duke Energy on Wednesday.



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