Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

Storm Florence: State Of Emergency Declared As US Braces For ‘Monster Hurricane’

Sandra Phillips | 12 September, 2018, 23:30

On Wednesday morning, the storm was about 550 miles from the Carolina coast and remains a Category 4 storm with 130 mph winds.

The storm, which is building up over the Atlantic, is due to make landfall in either North or SC within the next few days, and is expected to be the worst storm to hit the area in 30 years.

A hurricane warning - meaning hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours - is in effect for a long stretch of the coast, from the Santee River in SC to Duck, N.C., which is part of the Outer Banks.

People buy supplies at Home Depot ahead of Hurricane Florence's landfall.

Florence is already a Category 4 storm with 130mph winds.

Mack said U-Haul has been inspecting its facilities over the last week to make sure they are "clean, dry and secure".

Another FEMA spokesman said: "I need to re-emphasise this is a unsafe storm. As a strong member of these communities, we are in the position to offer this service to our friends who are in harm's way".

President Donald Trump on September 11 declared states of emergency for North and SC, to open avenues for federal aid.

On Wednesday afternoon, Superintendent Jim Lebrun said the Ware County School System was working with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency to monitor Hurricane Florence's track and its potential effect on the area.

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Geography, tide-cycle and wind direction are all factors in how severe storm surge could be, Miller said. But one thing it might actually help is to reduce the overall wind speed, though we're still going to have gusty winds around here which combined with that wet soil could bring down some trees. He underlined the point that even if you call 911, there is a chance rescue services may not be able to get to you.

In a morning news conference, Gov. Roy Cooper warned that residents in every part of North Carolina will feel Florence's impact this weekend and should prepare - especially for flooding.

"Everybody is talking about it", said Hrynyshyn, adding the local gas station ran out of fuel earlier in the day and the local electricity utility has dispatched work crews to the coast.

This story will be updated as more information is available regarding the reopening of schools.

"It's an extremely risky, life-threatening, historic hurricane".

Several inches of rain will fall across the state.

Fort AP Hill and Fort Bragg were selected as FEMA Incident Support and Federal Staging Area to assist in the response, the army said.

"Hurricane Florence may now be dipping a bit south and hitting a portion of the Great State of Georgia", he wrote. At this height of the Atlantic hurricane season, Florence was being trailed on east-to-west paths by two other storms, Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac, but neither packs the deadly punch of Florence.

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