Hurricane Florence: Mass evacuation from 'storm of a lifetime'

With Hurricane Florence set to wallop the area as a Category 4 hurricane, there are fears the ponds could overflow or even collapse amid extremely heavy rain, sending vast amounts of manure from thousands of farms into rivers and contaminating groundwater.

Florence, now a Category 2 hurricane, is forecast to unleash extreme storm surge, possibly historic flooding rains, and damaging winds in the Carolinas beginning Thursday.

Computer simulations - especially the often star-performing European model - push the storm further south, even into SC and Georgia.

And there's "a huge difference" in the size and type of damage Florence inflicts if it stays 50 miles (80 kilometers) off shore versus heading inland immediately, Landsea said.

Will Epperson, a 36-year-old golf course assistant superintendent, said he and his wife had planned to ride out the storm at their home in Hampstead, North Carolina, but then reconsidered.

Recent forecasts show the likely path of the hurricane and surrounding storm to head southwards after smacking into North Carolina and SC.

The projected path of Hurricane Florence continues to track farther south, according to the midday Wednesday report from the National Hurricane Center.


Masters said there's a tug-of-war between two clear skies high pressure systems - one off the coast and one over MI - and the more the Great Lakes one wins, the more southerly Florence will be. "The building's solid and Buddha will protect us".

Hours later, Mr Trump approved emergency declarations for both coastal states, a move allowing the release of federal funds and equipment to help protection and recovery efforts. Favorable wind patterns. Higher sea levels that exacerbate storm surge.

"We're just trying to plan for the future here, not having a house for an extended period of time", David Garrigus said. Tidal creeks throughout Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender counties will also be at risk. 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.

"It's going to be bad", said Woody White, chairman of the New Hanover County Commissioners. "But no matter how bad it's going to be, it will pass and our job will be to rebuild this community together, and that's what we're going to do".

Al Brookins poses with his shirt that lists some of the previoius hurricanes he has lived through before the arrival of Hurricane Florence September 12, 2018 in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.

The enormous waves were recorded in the northeast quadrant of the hurricane, which is the strongest area of the storm.

Hurricane preparations should be rushed to completion as soon as possible. "People are taking down awnings and U-Haul trucks have come in and take the entire contents of stores".

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