Hurricane Florence increases in size despite weakening winds


Hurricane Florence is expected to start hitting the coasts of North and SC on Thursday.

The National Hurricane Center's latest model for Hurricane Florence shows a similar track that has been reported throughout Wednesday.

Cooper, the governor of neighbouring North Carolina, ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination, and parts of coastal Dare County.

Weekend sporting events have already been canceled, with possibly more to come.

An additional 25 percent of deaths are related to rain, he said.

"Been through it!" Belli said, referring to Hurricane Hugo, which caused widespread damage in SC in 1989. SC and North Carolina are evacuating people living in vulnerable areas along the coast.

Some 7,000 guard members are ready to mobilize in North Carolina, while 1,100 will be activated in SC.

The group left early Wednesday morning from Rockville. Trump, who plans a visit to the region next week, tweeted his "deepest sympathies and warmth" to the families and friends of those who had lost their lives.

As of 11 a.m., Florence, a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm, was centered 485 miles (785 kilometers) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving at 15 mph (24 kph).

The slow movement, combined with the massive amount of moisture this storm holds, will bring unsafe rains - from 20 to 30 inches in coastal North Carolina and 40 inches possible in isolated areas, the weather service says.

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And it led to mixed signals from officials in SC, whose governor had canceled mandatory evacuation for several coastal counties. He has warned residents that they are on their own if they refuse to leave.

"The worst is yet to come", he added.

The Hurricane season 2018 is expected to last till November. On Saturday, its streets were strewn with downed tree limbs and carpeted with leaves and other debris.

The NHC said Helene was weakening, however, and posed no danger to land.

Duke Energy serves around 4 million people in North and SC.

Strong winds, storm surge, and flash flooding are major concerns for Florence and rains in excess of 20 inches can be expected in the Cape Fear region.

The East Coast isn't the only area facing the brunt of a storm. After Florence's rain starts to fall this week, he said, the rainfall could continue through Monday.

We've collected a few of those streams below, ranging from beaches just above Wilmington, North Carolina down to areas just below Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

If you couldn't tell from the image above, the hurricane covers an incredibly expanse of ocean, and all that power is poised to slam into the United States soon.