Hurricane Florence: South Carolina vs. Marshall matchup canceled due to storm

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The European Model projects that Florence will track a bit further south, bringing more severe weather to SC.

The storm was heading for the coast of North and SC but heavy rain was also expected in Virginia to the north and Georgia to the south.

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

'North Carolina, my message is clear: Disaster is at the doorstep, and it's coming in'.

Like Hurricane Harvey in 2017, Florence is expected to slow significantly when it reaches the coast, allowing the storm to dump a catastrophic amount of rain in the Carolinas.

"We have seen a dramatic shift in the track", Scasny said, adding that big changes to the storm's behavior could emerge within the next two days. Parts of North Carolina could get 1m of rainfall.

Reacting to the possibility of a more southerly track, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared an emergency but did not immediately order any evacuations.

Forecasts showed the storm lingering near the coast of the Carolinas, carrying days of heavy rains that could bring intense inland flooding from SC to Virginia.

South Carolina's governor ordered the state's entire coastline evacuated at noon Tuesday and predicted that 1 million people would flee as highways reverse directions.

Air Canada and Alaska Airlines have canceled their flights in and out of RDU on Thursday, but had not made any announcements about Friday as of 9 p.m. Wednesday.

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'. For example, the seas off of Wilmington, North Carolina have risen 7.5 inches since 1935, according to NOAA.

Duke Energy, the nation's No. 2 power company, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its four million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks.

Wilmington, just north of where Florence appeared headed for shore, grew empty and quiet on Wednesday.

"But I'm staying", she said. "It's going to happen".

The explanation, experts said, is relatively simple: More and more people are choosing to live near the coast, and housing and building costs in those locations are more expensive than they used to be. Shelters in the city were filling and some people were being bused inland to Raleigh, even though some residents there were told they might have to evacuate because of flooding. "It is going to be ... a long-term recovery", Byard said.

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