'Harvey of the East Coast:' Florence's worst impact could be catastrophic flooding

'Harvey of the East Coast:' Florence's worst impact could be catastrophic flooding

'Harvey of the East Coast:' Florence's worst impact could be catastrophic flooding

Florence could hit the Carolinas harder than any hurricane since Hazel packed 130mph winds in 1954. "You're going to get heavy rain, catastrophic life-threatening storm surge, and also the winds".

Rain will overspread Virginia on Friday with tropical storm force winds possible on Saturday, especially across Southside Virginia.

"The governor said that North Carolina is the bull's eye of this hurricane", Larry Wooten, president of the North Carolina Farm Bureau, said in an interview. Schools in 26 of the state's 46 counties were ordered closed from Tuesday.

"Eastern, you need to get out", Panovich urged.

The district, Tanner said, is expected to make a decision on its reopening date today.

In May, the Canadian Hurricane Centre said its forecasters were expecting a "near-normal to above-normal" number of storms this season, a prediction that has proven to be correct - so far. "This thing is going to stop, and it's going to rain - and it's going to rain".

American Airlines has waived change fees for customers flying between September 10 and September 16 to impacted airports as far south as Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport in Georgia and as far North as Virginia.

His campaign says it's canceling a Thursday event in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where he had been scheduled to stump for the Republican senate candidate, state attorney general Josh Hawley.

"This storm is going to be a direct hit on our coast", said Jeff Byard, associate administrator for response and recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Residents farther north in coastal and inland areas in the Delmarva Peninsula, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and NY should also monitor the storm and prepare in case the forecast shifts to the north and east.

Some forecasts call for Florence to stall out after it strikes the coast.

Last year, there were 17 named storms.

"It's surreal to think we may have nothing to go home to", she told CNN.

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By the end of the week, a high pressure system is expected to park itself over Atlantic Canada, blocking Florence from a northerly advance and bringing fair weather to the region. Cape Lookout to Ocracoke Island could see 5 to 8 feet of water, experts say. That forecast could change, however, should the storm's track change.

"I'll make an evaluation tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon".

The store, she said, was starting to run out, and was limiting each customer to 12 pieces.

A Category 5 hurricane can generate sustained winds at 251 kilometres per hour. About an hour after the Category 3 upgrade, it was reclassified as Category 4.

My people just informed me that this is one of the worst storms to hit the East Coast in many years. North Carolina is the top US turkey producer, ranks third for chicken and is home to more hogs than any state other than Iowa, government data show.

Volvo has temporarily halted production at its SC factory as Hurricane Florence approaches the southeast coast.

For many people, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge: If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could bring torrential rains all the way into the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other unsafe conditions in places that don't usually get much tropical weather.

The Isle of Palms is giving away free sand in preparation for Hurricane Florence.

"This is still a very unsafe storm", South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said at a Tuesday news conference.

"It's a long way from us", Hubbard said.

An evacuation order from Virginia governor Ralph Northam applies to about 245,000 people, including parts of the Hampton Roads area and Eastern Shore.

National Guard soldiers are being mobilized in the affected states.

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