NOAA director warns of 'serious situation' ahead of Hurricane Florence

Christopher Davidson
September 14, 2018

"In light of the storm's forecasted southward track after making landfall, I encourage Georgians to be prepared for the inland effects of the storm as well as the ensuing storm surge in coastal areas", he said.

People fleeing North and SC clogged coastal highways early Wednesday as Hurricane Florence, a monster Category 4 storm, bore down on the United States east coast for a direct hit in a low-lying region dense with beachfront vacation homes.

Some 7,000 guard members are ready to mobilize in North Carolina, while 1,100 will be activated in SC.

Briefing from the Oval Office, President Donald Trump urged people to heed orders to evacuate, saying "if you are asked to leave, get out".

"This is not a storm that people need to ride out", Cooper told reporters.

According to Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean, current forecast puts Florence stalling upon reaching the Carolina coast before making a slight shift south and barreling down SC.

Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.

Florence's top winds were clocked on Thursday evening at 90 miles per hour (150 km/h) as it churned in the Atlantic Ocean, down from a peak of 140 miles per hour (224 km/h) earlier this week when it was classified as a Category 4 storm.

The shift in the projected track had areas that once thought they were out of range anxious.

"We've had our lessons. Now it might be time for the exam", Baxley said late in the morning.

Florence is slow moving in its approach but carries maximum sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour.

At 5 a.m., the storm was centered 575 miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving at 17 mph.

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Manure lagoons are about as pleasant as they sound-vast open-air ponds of manure located next to the many hog farms near the North Carolina coast.

According the National Hurricane Center, forecasters expect Florence to continue building power through Wednesday night.

The video, taken with a high-definition camera outside the International Space Station, shows a "stark and sobering view" of the Category 4 storm as it moves in a west-northwesterly direction across the Atlantic.

Florence is a large hurricane and will affect much of North and SC. Cars and trucks full of people and belongings streamed inland.

CNN reports dire word from FEMA associate administrator Jeff Byard, who warns that this storm is not to be reckoned with.

In addition, a high-pressure ridge that's parked over the East Coast is expected to prevent Florence from doing the typical swerve away from the Carolinas and also keep it stuck for multiple days once it reaches land.

"This is a life-threatening situation", the center said in an early morning bulletin.

Forecasters said Florence's surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet (3.4 meters) of sea water.

"The longer it stays, the more wind, the more rain".

Another joker said: 'Looks like tropical storm Floyd has penetrated Florence, we will be having a baby shower for the little sprinkle that's due in 9 months'. "You feel like you should have already left".

Michelle Stober loaded up valuables at her home on Wrightsville Beach to drive back to her primary residence in Cary, North Carolina.

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