Millions prepare as Hurricane Florence approaches U.S. coast

13 September, 2018, 13:46 | Author: Rosalie Gross
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"We could maybe get some outer bands or very, very outer bands of the hurricane", said Jeremy Geiger, a weather service meteorologist.

"This is a life-threatening situation", the center said in an early morning bulletin.

Fierce winds and massive waves are expected to lash the coasts of North and SC and Virginia even before Florence makes landfall bringing a storm surge as much as 13 feet (4 meters), the National Hurricane Center in Miami warned.

On another barrier island just below the Bogue Banks, Steve Harrigan reported live from North Topsail Beach, where visitors and residents were largely heeding warnings from Gov. Roy Cooper (D-N.C.) to evacuate.

The intensity of the wind and rain we'll see here is dependent on the exact track of the storm. Nathan Deal issued an emergency declaration for the entire state to ease regulations on trucks hauling gasoline and relief supplies.

Sand bags surround homes on North Topsail Beach, N.C., September 12, 2018, as Hurricane Florence threatens the coast.

Hurricane Florence may now be dipping a bit south and hitting a portion of the Great State of Georgia.

The center of the massive storm is forecast to meander Thursday, Friday and Saturday over a stretch of coastline saturated by rising seas, inundating several states and triggering life-threatening floods.

Up to 1.7 million people are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders, and coastal residents were frantically boarding up homes and businesses and hitting the road on Wednesday as the storm approached.

At 8:00 pm (0000 GMT), the eye of the storm was 335 miles (540 kms) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving northwest at 16 mph (26 kph).

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. Executives in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia declared emergencies earlier in the week.

Mr McMaster said: "Even responders can not stay there".

TRT World's Nicole Johnston is on the coast in Wilmington, North Carolina, where people are preparing for the worst.

"I've been through hurricanes before but never with kids", she said.

More than one million people have been ordered to evacuate the coastlines of the Carolinas and Virginia.

The hurricane is expected to dump heavy rain throughout the region and FEMA officials said it's not just a coastal problem.

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