Both of the Carolinas and Virginia ordered mandatory evacuations for some of their residents starting at noon Tuesday and over a million people are expected to flee. We can not rule such extremes out should Florence stall out near the coast, or just inland.
The flooding will depend whether Florence slows down and lingers over coastal areas as it moves inland, Salna says.
Emergency preparations in the area included setting up shelters, switching traffic patterns so that all major roads led away from shore and getting 16 nuclear reactors ready in the three-state region for the storm.
Warmer ocean water makes hurricanes more intense because the storms are fed by evaporating water. Texas saw a similar scenario in 2017, when Hurricane Harvey's center moved just inland, and its counter-clockwise rotation allowed the storm to continually pull moisture inland from the Gulf of Mexico.
The NHC warned on Tuesday that the storm may strengthen to Category 5, with wind speeds in excess of 157 miles per hour (253 km/h), as it moves over a band of warmer water off of North Carolina's coast.More news: Raiders' Gruden: 'Obviously, Khalil Mack didn't want to play here'
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The last hurricane rated a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson to plow directly into North Carolina was Hazel in 1954, a devastating storm that killed 19 people. "FEMA and first responders are out there, they're going to stand through the danger of the storm", he said to camera. Forecasters also were tracking two other disturbances. Here are five facts that show the power of this monster of a hurricane. "This is the craziest one".
Middle Georgia could pick up 1-3 inches of rain with locally higher amounts possible.
The city says it will get to as much trash as it can before services end later Wednesday.
Sharp said weather conditions will deteriorate as we go through the day on Thursday with rain, a little wind and the chance of tornadoes. University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy said that rain measured in feet is "looking likely". "So this is not just going to be a coastal threat". She grew up on the island chain, and says this will be only the second time she's evacuated. The storm's track is now heading toward the North Carolina city of Jacksonville, about 50 miles north of Wilmington. And out here we're so fragile.
An evacuation order from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam applies to about 245,000 people, including parts of the Hampton Roads area and Eastern Shore. Coastal areas in both Carolinas have taken steps to evacuate residents and tourists, including a mandatory evacuation in SC.
Hurricane Florence is poised to hit the mid-Atlantic coast and the Carolinas this week, and satellite images of the storm are nothing short of terrifying.