Thursday, 20 September, 2018

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Kenny Thornton | 14 September, 2018, 13:47

Hurricane Florence brought a storm surge of some 3 meters (10 feet) as it began battering the U.S. east coast early on Friday.

"We have prepared everything", he says, "to have enough food, water, batteries, radio, first-aid supplies, and everything we need to be safe".

In less than 24 hours, Florence has dropped from category 4 to category 2.

"I came back two days early because I figured they'd be closing the airport and we received a message from American Airlines, saying that the travel could very well be interrupted, so I chose to come back early rather than deal with, you know, getting stuck at the airport or something like that", Klimas said.

Computer models of exactly what the storm might do varied, adding to the uncertainty.

Aside from wind-shear dangers, concerns are now shifting to flooding and storm surge issues.

Beachgoers watch the surf at North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on September 13, 2018.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm's strength should continue through Thursday. Like a giant hair dryer, these winds push seawater into low-lying marshland and delta areas.

"This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast", the National Weather Service in Wilmington, North Carolina, wrote in its Tuesday evening area forecast discussion, adding in a Wednesday report that flooding in southeast North Carolina and northeast SC could be "unprecedented".

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It's the slow movement that could result in what the National Weather Service for Newport and Morehead City, North Carolina called possible "historical rainfall amounts" with "UNPRECEDENTED flooding".

Some areas could receive as much as 40 inches (one meter) of rain, forecasters said.

Florence was being followed in the Atlantic by two other storms - Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac. That makes it hard to project how the region will ultimately be affected.

Florence is expected to make landfall at noon local time on Friday and is moving towards land with wind speeds of 90mph (150 km/h).

The National Weather Service forecasts minor to major flooding along rivers anywhere from the Carolinas to Maryland in the coming days. Here's why this storm threatens not only the coast but millions of people inland.

Image: Waters come ashore in Avon, North Carolina.

A buoy off the North Carolina coast recorded waves almost 30 feet (9 meters) high as Florence churned toward shore. "A lot of our storefronts are boarded up", said Lynn Davis, town manager for Belhaven which sits at sea level in northeastern North Carolina. Her team manages 32 wild horses living in the Rachel Carson Reserve near Beaufort, North Carolina.

"I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence", Deal said.

With their entire neighborhood evacuated in Wilmington, North Carolina, David and Janelle Garrigus planned to ride out Florence at their daughter's one-bedroom apartment in Charlotte. Stay on guard. This is a powerful storm that can kill. That's on top of the flooding, flying debris, and the other immediate storm-related events that can claim countless lives.

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