Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sci-tech | By Bennie Mills

Florence strengthens to Category 4, takes aim at Carolinas

Florence strengthens to Category 4, takes aim at Carolinas

Forecasters said the hurricane's strength is expected to fluctuate but it still will be a risky storm by the time it reaches the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday.

Crystal Kirwan didn't see she had much choice as she got her family ready to leave their home Monday on the coast of North Carolina, with Category 4 Hurricane Florence threatening the state.

The National Hurricane Center announced Florence was increased to a Category 4 hurricane Monday morning, with a projected path toward the Carolinas.

The 1st effects were already being seen on barrier islands Monday as risky rip currents and seawater flowed over the state highway.

Gov. Roy Cooper said at a news conference at the state's Emergency Operations Center that the North Carolina is in the "bull's-eye" of the rapidly strengthening storm.

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For many, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge: If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could carry torrential rains up into the Appalachian mountains, causing flash floods, mudslides and other risky weather across a wide area.

Hurricane Florence continues to grow in size and magnitude as it barrels toward the U.S. East Coast.

In a tweet, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) tweeted that "residents in all coastal evacuation zones in all counties must evacuate beginning at noon tomorrow, Tuesday, September 11, 2018". "Flooding is the deadliest result of these storms".

The athletics department is now monitoring the forecast for Hurricane Florence.

The auto park has been full for three days at the Ace Hardware store in coastal Calabash, North Carolina, where manager Tom Roberts said he sold 150 gas cans in two hours Monday, along with generators, plywood, rope, manual can openers, sand bags and a plethora of other items.

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Customers line up to buy propane at Socastee Hardware store, ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Florence in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. "We know it's going to hit somewhere where it's going to have a dramatic impact on SC". Cooper also declared the State of Emergency due to the potential of flooding, road closures and landslides impact on the state from Hurricane Florence. Governors in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia have issued mandatory evacuations and lane reversals.

SAFFO: Well, very. But you know, we're concerned about the storm surge on this, and this is going to be a statewide event because if it comes through Wilmington, it's going to go right through the middle part of the state.

Quagliariello emphasized the impact of the hurricane, including tropical storm-force winds, could extend more than 100 miles from the storm's center. As of mid-day on Monday, Florence was located more than 1,200 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving to the west.

"A west- northwestward motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected through late Tuesday, followed by a turn toward the northwest and then toward the north-northwest on Wednesday and Thursday", the NHC said. But it's also very infrequent for hurricanes traveling on Florence's path to end up making landfall in the Carolinas.

It added: "The largest threat to life from hurricanes is not the high winds".

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"We've basically got everything we need. and we're just going to wait it out for a few days", he said.

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