Trinidadians in the Carolinas prepare for Hurricane Florence

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With a storm surge warning in effect, the authorities urge people to prepare themselves for the disaster.

Roy Cooper warned residents to not let their guard down ahead of Hurricane Florence's landfall later this week.

"Please hear my message", he says. We can not guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired.

Don't relax, don't get complacent.

Florence's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Thursday at 105 miles per hour (165 kph).

NHC Director Ken Graham said on Facebook the storm surges could push in as far as 2 miles (3 km). Hurricane-force winds extended 130km from its centre, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 315km. "Your time is running out".

The police chief of a barrier island in Florence's approach said he was asking for next-of-kin contact information from the few residents who refused to leave.

There also could be significant beach erosion in some area, the weather service said. "When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths ... I'm going to get killed on the road, '" Bradley said.

The National Hurricane Center predicts the hurricane will cause up to 13 feet of storm surge on the East Coast.

It is expected to bring massive amounts of rain, devastating flooding gale-force winds that could knock out power for weeks.

"Against my better judgment, due to emotionalism, I evacuated", he said. But forecasters warned that the widening storm - and its likelihood of lingering around the coast day after day - will bring seawater surging onto land and torrential downpours.

Tornadoes also remain a threat, particularly in areas northeast of the hurricane's eye. Florence is a large hurricane. Hurricane Florence is forecast to make landfall tomorrow.

The NHC said tropical storm-force winds will hit North and SC with full force on Thursday evening.

Even if Florence were downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane, it would still cause extensive damage, Abrams says. This satellite image show the sun rising on the storm Thursday morning.

If the European model is true or the overall trend persists, University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy said it "is exceptionally bad news, as it smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge". She hopes they'll stay inside once the winds, rain and floods arrive. A 78-year-old man was electrocuted attempting to connect extension cords while another man died when he was blown down by high winds while checking on his hunting dogs, a county spokesman said.

Antonio Ramirez, a construction worker from El Salvador living in Leland, North Carolina, said he planned to ride out the storm with his dog Canelo. NOAA notes: "Little change in strength is expected before the center reaches the coast, with weakening expected after the center moves inland". That was a sharp increase from the almost 300 cancellations reported at 8:10 a.m. ET, indicating airlines scrubbed a new round of flights as it became apparent operations would take longer to resume than anticipated at some airports along the coast.



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