Hurricane Florence Shifts Course, Will Make a 'Grand Tour' of Southeastern States

Hurricane Florence Shifts Course, Will Make a 'Grand Tour' of Southeastern States

Hurricane Florence Shifts Course, Will Make a 'Grand Tour' of Southeastern States

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. Now a Category 4 storm, it's possible that it could strengthen even more as it moves swiftly through the Atlantic Ocean.

The category 4 storm carrying maximum sustained winds of 215 km/h would probably strike the southern coast of North Carolina by late Thursday or early Friday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

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.

"It is imperative that everyone follow local evacuation orders", President Trump tweeted Wednesday, along with a satellite video of the mammoth storm swirling through the Atlantic. The storm will bring dangerously high amounts of rain, forecasters say.

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. "We just need to figure out how to make it through".

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Experts are saying Florence, a "monster", could be one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the East Coast.

"Also, most storms coming into the Carolinas tend to move northward, and this storm looks like it's going to stall over the region and potentially bring tremendous life-threatening flooding". New projections indicate the now-Category 3 hurricane will move slightly southeast, with landfall expected between Wilmington and Morehead City, North Carolina. Amazon says it provided assistance to millions of people in 2017 who were impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as floods in India and earthquakes in Mexico.

The National Hurricane Center is calling for 20 to 30 inches (50 to 75 centimetres) of rain in North Carolina, with spots up to 40 inches (100 centimetres). "There will be flooding in inland areas as well".

As of Wednesday morning, 20 eastern North Carolina counties were under either a mandatory or voluntary evacuation, or some combination of the two, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety. "We go through a lot of these hurricane scares throughout the years", Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said. Winds have decreased to near 120 miles per hour with higher gusts. More to come on this part of the forecast.

The storm, which is building up over the Atlantic, is due to make landfall in either North or SC within the next few days, and is expected to be the worst storm to hit the area in 30 years. In the Wilmington area, Florence could batter the coast with 140 miles per hour winds and more than 20 inches of rain.

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