Hurricane Florence continues path to USA east coast

\'Life-Threatening\' Hurricane Florence Now Forecast to Bring \'Catastrophic\' Flooding

More than 1 million people have been issued evacuation orders along the coastal areas of Virginia, North Carolina and SC, as the storm is not expected to weaken until it makes landfall Thursday in the Carolinas.

With "monumental" rainfall totals of up to 40 inches possible, "the rain from Florence may break all-time state records for rainfall from a hurricane or tropical storm", Weather Underground meteorologist Jeff Masters said.

"This is still a very risky storm", South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said at a briefing on Tuesday.

Hurricane Isaac was showing little change in strength as it moved toward the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles, while Hurricane Florence was expected to move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas by Wednesday.

As of Tuesday morning, Florence was hurling 130-mph winds.

It is now moving west-northwest at about 16 miles per hour and that speed is expected to increase in the next few days, says the center.

Based on the current forecast, Florence could cause storm surges of 3 to 6 feet above ground level in areas along the coast and near the Albemarle Sound, the center said.

It's unclear when the UCF-North Carolina and West Virginia-North Carolina State games could be rescheduled after Hurricane Florence, if at all.

"We want residents to prepare accordingly".

Governor Roy Cooper said Tuesday that he had issued a first-of-its-kind state evacuation to help prompt residents of the barrier islands, including the Outer Banks, to leave. "People are doing a pretty good job now".

Sailors cast off mooring lines to the Command hospital ship USNS Comfort as the ship evacuates Naval Station Norfolk in preparation for Hurricane Florence in Norfolk, Virginia, U.S., September 11, 2018.

"This is probably the only exercise I get this week", she quipped.

He said Congress would be generous with disaster relief funding.

Trump said the storm will be "tremendously big and tremendously wet - tremendous amount of water". It will possibly weaken somewhat as it nears land - but that will hardly change the flooding threat.

Even for a major hurricane, Florence is a beast like no other.

"This will have a storm surge in the 20-foot range", Myers said. The large storm is also projecting tropical storm-force winds outward up to 170 miles. "Make sure you have flashlights and batteries", Bowser said. Another four million people are under a tropical storm watch. For those not in the storm's direct path, officials are still warning about the residual high winds, heavy rain, and potential flooding. The storm is expected to strengthen again over the next day or so.

Mandatory evacuations are underway in coastal areas of several states in Hurricane Florence's path.

Two-thirds of North Carolina's farm income comes from poultry and livestock, including hogs and dairy cattle, according to Wooten.

Volvo has temporarily halted production at its SC factory as Hurricane Florence approaches the southeast coast.

"All indications are that the storm will slow down and just crawl or meander over the inland sections and the coastal Piedmont", Weather Channel hurricane expert Bryan Norcross said. The hurricane center predicts a "heavy rainfall event, which may extend inland over the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic for hundreds of miles".

Boeing Co suspended work on Tuesday at the SC plant where it assembles 787 widebody jetliners, and a Volvo automobile plant in South Carolina's evacuation zone was also closed, company officials said.



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