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White House Buckles in For Hurricane Florence

Pig farm White House Buckles in For Hurricane Florence
Sandra Phillips | 13 September, 2018, 00:56

Forecasters are predicting that Florence will make landfall in the Carolinas late Thursday or early Friday as a still powerful Category 3 hurricane.

Forecast models have said that several feet of heavy rain could cause flooding well inland from the coast. Florence's long coastal tour could take as long as two and a half days. Forecasts predict as much as 20 inches of rain in some places but one computer model warned there could be up to 45 inches, almost four feet.

Florence exploded into a potentially catastrophic hurricane Monday as it closed in on North and SC, carrying winds up to 140 miles per hour (220 kph) and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week.

However some residents have made a decision to board up their homes and ride out the storm.

North Carolina governor Roy Cooper told locals not to "bet your life on riding out a monster", with ferocious winds set to batter the shoreline.

He cited forecasts showing Florence was likely to stall over North Carolina, "bringing days and days of rain".

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster on Monday ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents.

While some of the computer forecasting models conflicted, the latest projections more or less showed the storm shifting southward and westward in a way that suddenly put more of SC in danger and imperilled Georgia, too. A lot of people hearing this are remembering Hurricane Hugo in 1989.

Maps of Florence's trajectory showed its center most likely to strike the southern coast of North Carolina.

A state of emergency has been declared in D.C. and in states, including Virginia and the Carolina's.

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Another resident staying put despite evacuation orders to over 1 million people throughout the Carolinas and Virginia is Jon Wright, a retired firefighter.

"All offenders affected by the move will be allowed to make a free phone call to a family member over the weekend", he said.

Jeff Byard of the Federal Emergency Management Agency invoked a former boxing champion to warn residents that Florence would bring "a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast". Up to 15-25 inches is expected in many areas where Hurricane Florence hits.

"We are sparing no expense".

"It's going to be bad", said Woody White, chairman of the New Hanover County Commissioners.

Days before its arrival, Florence was already disrupting commercial operations.

Smithfield Foods Inc said it would shut down the world's largest hog-slaughtering facility in Tar Heel, North Carolina, on Thursday and Friday due to the hurricane. The 63-year-old said he lives "right smack in the middle" of Cape Fear River but is prepared with pre-cooked meals, water, a rain barrel and other essentials. Many gasoline stations were running low on fuel.

By Saturday, total rainfall could accumulate to 20 inches (51 centimeters) - or even 30 inches in places - in parts of the Carolinas and Virginia, the NHC said.

Marshall: You mentioned some hefty winds here in the Charlotte area. "Everyone was sold out", she said.

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