Hurricane ‘Florence’: ‘Nothing like you’ve ever seen’

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At 11 p.m., the storm was centered 1,075 km southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving at 28 kph. Its maximum sustained winds have dropped slightly to 110 miles per hour. Hurricane Helene is veering toward Europe and newly formed Subtropical Storm Joyce is not expected to threaten land.

NHC Director Ken Graham warned that rivers up to 60km inland may flood. Upon its arrival, the National Hurricane Center projects that Florence could drop anywhere from 20-40 inches of rain along the Carolina coast.

"We are ready. We're as ready as anybody's ever been".

The Miami-based NHC stressed, however, that while a slow weakening is expected over the next 24 hours "Florence is still forecast to be an extremely risky major hurricane when it nears the USA coast late Thursday and Friday".

Another joker said: 'Looks like tropical storm Floyd has penetrated Florence, we will be having a baby shower for the little sprinkle that's due in 9 months'.

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Saturday's scheduled game between SC and Marshall has been canceled.

When the National Hurricane Updates shared a map of the category four hurricane, dubbed "the storm of a lifetime", on Facebook, people were quick to compare the pink round-headed shape displaying the devastation to something a lot less serious.

More than 1.7 million people were warned to evacuate and get out of the way of the "life-threatening" storm's path.

Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help deal with what could be weeks of power outages in the aftermath, the company said. "It's the most deadly part of the hurricane that comes in - it causes the most amount of destruction".

The new trajectory means the storm will idle at sea for longer, creating even heavier and prolonged rains and storm surges for the Carolinas and possibly northern parts of Georgia. You're going to be displaced from your home in the coastal areas.

Georgia's governor has declared a state of emergency for all 159 counties as forecasters now say Hurricane Florence could take a southwest turn. "It is imperative that everyone follow local evacuation orders". So we could have two landfalls - one around Wilmington and then one near Myrtle Beach or even south of there.

"The time to prepare is nearly over", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a morning news conference.

Elder relatives carry as much weight as meteorologists in a tight-knit community of slave descendants on the SC coast.

"We could maybe get some outer bands or very, very outer bands of the hurricane", said Jeremy Geiger, a weather service meteorologist.

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