Hurricane Florence weakens slightly as it moves toward US coast: NHC

A view from the International Space Station of Hurricane Florence off the US east coast in the Atantic Ocean

At the White House, President Donald Trump both touted the government's readiness and urged people to get out of the way of Florence.

Matthews Motors is using its cars to hopefully shield the business from Hurricane Florence's devastation.

She said at least 60 to 80 of their 180 rooms are booked by people fleeing from SC or North Carolina, but they have plenty of practice housing evacuees since many leave the Jacksonville beaches when hurricanes pass through the area.

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

Northeast Ohio native Lynn Morgan has lived in Charleston, South Carolina for the past five years. The location was determined based on the track of Hurricane Florence and lodging availability, along with lessons learned from recent past difficulties returning home to an area impacted by widespread flooding.

The center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Wednesday night, and approach the coast of North Carolina or SC in the hurricane warning area on Thursday and Friday, NHC said. "It's a big one", he said.

"We stacked about three different layers, just kind of like to help with the windows, keep them safe, break up the wind channels so the building doesn't take a direct hit from 150 miles per hour winds", said Matthews Motors service manager Mark Yandell. The shopping list for people who have chose to ride out the storm at home: plywood to board up their windows, sandbags, bilge pumps, generators, trash bags, potato chips, bottled water and wine.


A massive hurricane is poised to make landfall this week and instead of the usual exodus of Floridians leaving the state for safety people from other states are making a beeline for here as they flee the storm.

"I'm lucky to be here today, but wherever they're going to send me I'm going". The governor added that a million or more people could be evacuated before the end of the storm.

"We hope to have something left when we get home", she said. Three other Southern raceways also opened campgrounds to evacuees.

Forecasters anxious the storm's damage will be all the worse if it lingers on the coast.

The trend is "exceptionally bad news", said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy, since it "smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge".

With South Carolina's beach towns more in the bull's-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand. "You feel like you should have already left".

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