Hurricane Florence: Four reasons to fear this storm

Christopher Davidson
September 14, 2018

The Charleston area will see winds near tropical storm strength of 40 miles per hour and somewhere between 3 to 6 inches of rain.

Steve Goldstein of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Florence's forward motion had slowed overnight and it was not expected to make landfall in the Carolinas until "some time Friday afternoon, Friday evening or Saturday morning".

CBS New York chief weathercaster Lonnie Quinn reports the worst part of the storm is the front right quadrant because you get the highest winds and the storm pushes that water onto the shore.

"We're a little anxious about the storm surge so we came down to see what the river is doing now", said Linda Smith, 67, a retired nonprofit director. Despite its unpredictable path, it was forecast to make landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina, at midday on Friday. "The combination of a risky storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline".

"You put your life at risk by staying", Cooper said.

About 1.7 million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders and millions of others live in areas likely to be affected by what officials called a "once in a lifetime" storm.

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. On Wednesday, officials said some of those shelters were at capacity, but in a statement early Thursday, county officials said they were "able to mobilize additional resources to accommodate the need for shelter space".

Roads and intersections on North Carolina's Outer Banks barrier islands were already inundated with water. They also instituted a 24-hour curfew.

Mayor Joe Benson said the storm will batter the oceanside town through two high-tide periods. Sand dunes gone storm surge 4' into house knocking down walls first floor.

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Storm surge is deadly. "Flooding is nearly guaranteed".

Another Wilmington resident said she does not want to leave because she is afraid to see what she would be coming back to. She packed up what she could and took a ferry.

A state of emergency has been declared in five coastal states - North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia.

"Against my better judgment, due to emotionalism, I evacuated", said Fisher, 74.

Experts agreed that despite Florence losing some power, it was still poised to sow just as much destruction - if not more.

In Sea Breeze, Roslyn Fleming, 56, made a video of the inlet where her granddaughter was baptised because "I just don't think a lot of this is going to be here" after the storm, she told Reuters news agency.

It is the storm's movement and not its strength that has forecasters and officials anxious. Hurricane Helene and Subtropical Storm Joyce were off in the Atlantic, posing no threat.

Two women who were riding out the storm dance to the music outside the Barbary Coast bar in downtown Wilmington, N.C., as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast, September 13, 2018. Those four storms are brewing at the same time Hurricane Olivia is pounding Hawaii.

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