Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Some steadfast residents to stay put as Hurricane Florence approaches

Sandra Phillips | 14 September, 2018, 10:27

Hurricane Florence, growing in size despite its weakening winds, churned ever closer to the U.S. East Coast on Wednesday as evacuations expanded south from the Carolinas into Georgia to counter the threat of deadly high seas and calamitous floods.

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bulls-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.

As of 11 p.m. EDT, Florence was centered about 50 miles south of Morehead, North Carolina, and 70 miles east-south-east of Wilmington, NC, moving at 5 mph.

Florence is now expected to pass over much of SC, with storm force winds beginning Thursday and hurricane force winds on Friday, said John Quagliariello with the National Weather Service in Columbia. Elsewhere, in the Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic states, Florence is expected to produce 3 to 6 inches of rain.

The Davis' say they're not nervous about their choice to not evacuate because they've fared well during four previous storms, including Hurricane Matthew.

Florence is expected to reach Wilmington around 2pm tomorrow as a Category 3 hurricane before turning away from its north-west trajectory and heading south-west.

Some weakening has occurred today, but there will be one last window tonight and early tomorrow for Florence to have another shot at strengthening a bit before its center begins to reach the southern North Carolina/northern SC coasts.

He said the federal government is "absolutely, totally prepared" for Florence.

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South Carolina Henry McMaster warned residents on Thursday conditions "will not be normal for many days". Some 11,000 power outages have been reported in North Carolina. "A lot of rain", said Maj.

We started the day in Raleigh, North Carolina, where we met Gov. Roy Cooper at the state's emergency operations center.

Duke Energy Corp expected between 25 percent and 75 percent of its 4 million customers would lose power in the Carolinas.

Computer simulations - especially the often star-performing European model - push the storm further south, even into SC and Georgia.

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Schools and businesses closed as far south as Georgia, airlines canceled more than 1,500 flights, and coastal towns in the Carolinas were largely emptied out. "Disaster is at the doorstep and is coming in", he said in a tweet.

First responders around the country are making their way to Wrightsville Beach.

"I'm not approaching Florence from fear or panic", said Brad Corpening, 35, who planned to ride out the storm in his boarded-up delicatessen in Wilmington. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said.

"It doesn't matter how much money you have or how many generators you have if you can't get gas", she said. Most other beachgoers were long gone.

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