States Prepare for ‘Storm of a Lifetime’ as Hurricane Florence Looms

States Prepare for ‘Storm of a Lifetime’ as Hurricane Florence Looms

States Prepare for ‘Storm of a Lifetime’ as Hurricane Florence Looms

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.

The NHC warned on Tuesday that the storm may strengthen to Category 5, with wind speeds in excess of 157 miles per hour (253 km/h), as it moves over a band of warmer water off of North Carolina's coast.

Greg Postel, hurricane and storm specialist for The Weather Channel.

"The first thing is to protect your life", he said Tuesday morning.

The pivot in the forecasted track of Florence led Georgia's governor to declare a state of emergency for all 159 counties, home to 10.5 million people.

As of 2 p.m., the storm was centred 435 miles (700 kilometres) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving at 16 mph (26 kph).

Between 1 millions and 3 million people will likely lose power when Hurricane Florence makes landfall later this week, according to a Wednesday report from Duke Energy.

The president signed emergency declarations for the Carolinas and Virginia, a move that frees up federal money and resources. That would be Florence's storm surge, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said.

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On Tuesday evening, the National Hurricane Center issues storm surge warnings for the areas around the Outer Banks in North Carolina and the South Santee River in SC. Winds will be high, with gusts possibly up to 50 miles per hour as the storm pushes inland. Florence is now heading for ocean water with surface temperatures of around 85 degrees, meaning it will likely strengthen on its way to the East Coast.

Axios: "The ties between Hurricane Florence and climate change" - "Hurricane Florence is a unique Atlantic hurricane, projected to stall out after hitting land and forecast to dump upwards of 2 feet of rain on several states, much like Hurricane Harvey did in Texas past year".

Satellite images show the storm has maintained a distinct eye and is well organized.

Fox News reported that sustained winds were picking up a bit along the North Carolina coast.

The latest tracks for Category 4 storm Florence, released early Wednesday morning, now have the storm staying farther south, following the European model.

A satellite image taken Wednesday showed Hurricane Florence approaching the U.S. coast. Up to 15-25 inches is expected in many areas where Hurricane Florence hits.

Forecasters said parts of North Carolina could get 20in of rain, if not more, with as much as 10in elsewhere in the state and in Virginia, parts of Maryland and Washington DC. It stalled just inland from the Texas coast and then moved back over the Gulf of Mexico before making a final landfall as a tropical storm in Louisiana over the course of several days.

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