Hurricane Florence approaching Carolina coast, will move west this weekend

Christopher Davidson
September 14, 2018

Hurricane Florence weakened slightly Wednesday afternoon: As of 4pm CDT Wednesday, it is a major Category 3 Hurricane with sustained winds of 120 miles per hour.

North Carolina still faces life-threatening storm surge along the North Carolina coast.

Updated NHC forecasts showed the storm lingering near the coast of the Carolinas, carrying days of heavy rains that could bring intense inland flooding from SC to Virginia. The list of canceled football games included No. 13 Virginia Tech's home game against East Carolina, No. 14 West Virginia's trip to North Carolina State and No. 18 UCF's visit to North Carolina.

Hurricane force winds are expected along portions of the coasts of SC and North Carolina and a hurricane warning is in effect there.

Tens of thousands of homes and businesses could be flooded in North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper warned.

Being dubbed the "Storm of a Lifetime," the Category-3 hurricane led to a declaration announcement of all Georgia's 159 counties, CNN reports.

Alice Drive Middle School received an email from Jeff Goldstein, who is the director of the Student Space Flight program, that included photos of Hurricane Florence taken from astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

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Boarding up his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Chris Pennington watched the forecasts and tried to decide when to leave. But it could have been worse: Labor Day marked the end of the peak tourism season in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and other coastal getaways.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C., said the hurricane is looking like a major event.

Benson has lived in North Carolina for more than a decade and now is headed away from the hurricane's destructive path.

"We stacked about three different layers, just kind of like to help with the windows, keep them safe, break up the wind channels so the building doesn't take a direct hit from 150 miles per hour winds", said Matthews Motors service manager Mark Yandell. "It's going to happen".

"I've never seen the president and all these other people talk the way they're talking", he said while waiting for an evacuation bus. "I have big, huge pine trees in my yard and a one story house with a lot of windows, so I'm really anxious what I'm gonna find when I get home", Morgan said. "But no matter how bad it's going to be, it will pass and our job will be to rebuild this community together, and that's what we're going to do".

Time is running short to flee Hurricane Florence, a monster of a storm zeroing in on the Southeastern coast with more than 10 million people in its potentially devastating sights. At this time, Florence was a Category 2 hurricane.

"A lot of our storefronts are boarded up", said Lynn Davis, town manager for Belhaven which sits at sea level in northeastern North Carolina. "People are taking down awnings and U-Haul trucks have come in and take the entire contents of stores".

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