Some steadfast residents to stay put as Hurricane Florence approaches

Christopher Davidson
September 14, 2018

Millions urged to flee inland hours before it was due to announce its arrival with torrential downpours.

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Oddly, the closer Hurricane Florence gets to land the murkier its future gets.

A man runs past a mandatory evacuation sign before Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

The warning was issued on Wednesday by the UAE Embassy on its Twitter account.

Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm but it is still considered an extremely unsafe and life-threatening storm. Find out now if you live in a flood prone area or a location that will be greatly impacted by storm surge. The storm will likely damage homes and businesses, kill crops, drown livestock, wash away cars and suspend much of the area's economic activity.

Hurricane Florence weakened into a Category 2 hurricane as it moved towards east coast of the United States, the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said on Wednesday, but a life-threatening storm surge and heavy rainfall were still expected. A turn to the west-northwest and west at an even slower forward speed is expected Thursday night and Friday, and a slow west-southwestward motion is forecast Friday night and Saturday.

Thousands of people in North Carolina are being told they must leave their homes because of Hurricane Florence.

"Don't play games with it".

"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.

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Speaking at the White House, Trump said "protection of life is the absolute highest priority".

"This storm will bring in more rain that Hurricane Matthew did", said FOX8 Meteorologist Emily Byrd.

It is very important to point out that changes in the forecast track are still possible and even small changes in the storm could greatly change the expected conditions in your area.

And, if you're already out of Florence's way but want to help, here's how. North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said crops such as tobacco and corn are in midharvest while sweet potatoes, peanuts, soybeans and cotton are still in the field.

Duke Energy Co. said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks.

Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale on Thursday evening and was moving west at only 6 miles per hour (9 km/h).

Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms.

"The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety", Deal said. "I encourage Georgians to be prepared for the inland effects of the storm as well as the ensuing storm surge in coastal areas".

WILMINGTON, North Carolina-Hurricane Florence, growing in size despite its weakening winds on September 12, crept closer to the U.S. East Coast as disaster mobilizations expanded south from the Carolinas into Georgia to counter the threat of deadly high seas and calamitous floods.

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