What Hurricane Florence Could Do to Restaurants and Retailers

Christopher Davidson
September 14, 2018

Tropical Storm Isaac was expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba, while Hurricane Helene was moving northward away from land.

N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper continues to stress that residents be prepared and not take Hurricane Florence lightly as it appears likely to impact the Carolinas in the days ahead. Find out now if you live in a flood prone area or a location that will be greatly impacted by storm surge.

"Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion", the agency says. Just adding up the store bases in North and SC and Virginia is an oversimplification, he argues, while his research suggests that only low- to mid-single-digit percentages of most companies' stores will be affected.

"This is a very fluid situation, especially now that new model runs are shifting the course of the storm south after landfall, potentially increasing its impact on SC and Georgia", St. Mary's Hospital spokesman Mark Ralston said.

There has been a dramatic change in the projected path of the first hurricane of the season expected to make landfall on the United States.

The governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia ordered mandatory evacuation in areas of their states earlier this week.

Forecasters in Wilmington, North Carolina, are emphasizing the potential for what they're calling "unbelievable damage from wind, storm surge, and inland flooding".

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"Ever stared down the gaping eye of a category 4 hurricane?" Currently, tropical storm-force winds extend 175 miles from the storm's center, according to the NHC. Florence is now heading for ocean water with surface temperatures of around 85 degrees, meaning it will likely strengthen on its way to the East Coast. Its maximum sustained winds are expected to top 145 miles per hour before losing some steam near the coast.

Myrtle Beach also announced a curfew starting 10 p.m. starting Wednesday until 6 p.m. Thursday.

"This one really scares me", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said. "Florence is expected to slow down considerably by late Thursday into Friday, and move slowly through early Saturday".

Hurricane Florence pushes its way towards the Carolinas coast.

Parts the eastern seaboard of the United States will be deluged with 40 inches of rain and suffer a "Mike Tyson punch" from Hurricane Florence, emergency planners warned today. All lanes of Interstate 26 are westbound to allow more people to leave the coast and head inland toward the state capital of Columbia.

"This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding", the hurricane center says.

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