Florence forecast to be major hurricane when strikes United States coast

A car drives through a road as it slowly begins to flood as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches on Tuesday Sept. 4 2018 in Dauphin Island Ala

Residents in areas on high alert continue to evacuate.

People walk past storm shuttered buildings on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk in Myrtle Beach.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference that the "historic" hurricane would unleash rains and floods that would inundate nearly the entire state in several feet of water.

The US president said he had spoken to governors of threatened states, adding that the "federal government stands by, ready to assist 24/7".

Helene, which has been downgraded from a hurricane, is among a glut of tropical storms brewing in the region, with mass evacuations under way in southern U.S. states as Hurricane Florence barrels across Virginia and the Carolinas.

Ricardo Olivares, of Wilmington, North Carolina, covers windows at the Mellow Mushroom in Wilmington, North Carolina on September 11, 2018.

"This is not going to be a glancing blow", Byard said, warning of power outages, road closures, infrastructure damage and potential loss of life.

The country's No. 2 power company said Wednesday that it's anticipating 1 million to 3 million homes and businesses could lose power for lengthy periods, depending on the storm's track.

As of 2:00 am, the eye of the storm was 235 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving northwest at 17 mph.


Tropical Storm Isaac remains at Tropical Storm intensity but is expected to gradually weaken in the next few days.

The storm is not expected to change much in strength before making landfall.

"The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety", Deal said. The storm is expected to slow down, stall and then perhaps wander just off the Carolina shore as it nears the coast Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

That's because the weather systems that usually push and pull a storm are disappearing as Florence nears land around the border between North and SC.

In Fayetteville, a North Carolina city of about 210,000 people about 90 miles inland, authorities told thousands of residents near the Cape Fear River and Little River to get out of their homes by Sunday afternoon because of the flood risk. "There's nobody left to work".

As the trough moves east, it will disrupt the winds that steer the hurricane, Stewart said. "You can't stop Mother Nature". "I've gotten triple the amount of calls".

Nurse Barbara Mack was using a small shovel to fill sandbags at a public works facility in Charleston, but she saw a silver lining in the hurricane preparations. "If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have minded staying here". The flooding in southeast North Carolina and northeast SC might be "unprecedented", according to the agency.

Interestingly, the Atlantic Ocean housed three hurricanes at the same time, that before Tropical Storm Isaac being downgraded from its former hurricane status.

Helene was weakening, however, and posed no danger to land, the NHC said, while Isaac could bring heavy rain to Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe.

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