'This storm is a monster' - 1.7 million flee from Florence

Christopher Davidson
September 14, 2018

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.

Emiratis in Virginia, North and SC areas have been urged to stay alert about the dangers of the fast approaching Hurricane Florence.

A life-threatening storm surge is now highly likely along portions of the coastlines of SC and North Carolina, and a storm surge warning is in effect for a portion of this area. Florence is now expected to make a slightly earlier arrival near the border of North and SC early Friday. And the more it hovers just off shore - a distinct possibility - the more potentially deadly storm surge it pushes on-shore.

Across several eastern states, residents scrambled to leave as the Category 4 storm, with winds of 225kmh, approached.

Florence is now churning through the Atlantic, only a few hundred miles off the coast of Wilmington, N.C. "We're going to stay tight and check on everybody", he said.

The projected path of Hurricane Florence continues to track farther south, according to the midday Wednesday report from the National Hurricane Center.

But while many coastal residents have complied with mandatory evacuation orders, others are boarding up their homes and vowing to ride out the storm.

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The first severe winds from Hurricane Florence are still expected to hit the Wilmington area around Thursday at 2 p.m., with the eye striking the Wilmington area on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m., according to most recent update from the National Weather Service (NWS); you can read the most recent NWS update here.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, concerned the storm would bring its devastation south, issued an emergency declaration for all 159 counties in his state.

"The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety", Deal said.

On Wednesday, Georgia declared a state of emergency, following the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC.

"Even the rescuers can not stay there", he said. "I encourage Georgians to be prepared for the inland effects of the storm as well as the ensuing storm surge in coastal areas". "You can't stop Mother Nature". Mandatory evacuations have been issued for much of the SC and North Carolina coastline.

On another barrier island just below the Bogue Banks, Steve Harrigan reported live from North Topsail Beach, where visitors and residents were largely heeding warnings from Gov. Roy Cooper (D-N.C.) to evacuate. The first tropical-storm-strength winds are now expected to hit on Thursday at 2 p.m. and last throughout the weekend. Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and he said it will still be an extremely unsafe storm for rain and storm surge.

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