Hurricane Florence now category 3 storm

11am2 Hurricane Florence May Stall Off Wilmington North Carolina

11am2 Hurricane Florence May Stall Off Wilmington North Carolina

Communities along the Carolina coast buttoned up against the onslaught of Hurricane Florence as forecasters on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time) warned that the monstrous storm could hesitate just offshore for days - punishing a longer stretch of coastline harder than previously feared - before pushing inland over the weekend.

"It will be a potentially life-changing event for some of our customers", he said.

Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 beast less than 24 hours ago, has weakened into a Category 2 storm as it nears landfall in the Carolinas, the National Weather Service said late Wednesday. "It's a big one". He said the federal government is "absolutely, totally prepared" for Florence.

Since Tuesday, forecasts have shifted the storm track towards the south and southwest after it reaches the coast, which could increase the storm's severity in coastal SC through Myrtle Beach and Charleston and even into parts of Georgia.

NASA released a video of the hurricane on Monday as captured by cameras mounted outside the International Space Station.

"This storm is going to knock out power days into weeks". The track continues to having it make landfall anywhere from SC to portions of Virginia. In South Carolina, Beaufort County Emergency Management Division Commander Neil Baxley told residents they need to prepare again for the worst just in case.

A storm surge watch is in effect for Edisto Beach, SC, to South Santee River, SC, and for north of Duck, NC, to the North Carolina/Virginia border.

Axios: "The ties between Hurricane Florence and climate change" - "Hurricane Florence is a unique Atlantic hurricane, projected to stall out after hitting land and forecast to dump upwards of 2 feet of rain on several states, much like Hurricane Harvey did in Texas a year ago".

Panovich said the lingering rain will bring back memories of May's flooding in the foothills and mountains, where most of the western half of North Carolina was under a flood watch or warning for almost a week.

Winds shouldn't be much of a factor, and as Panovich said, we shouldn't focus too much on the wind impacts.

"It's about rain, rain, rain", he said. We continue to let everyone know to not take this lightly. But that part of the East Coast rarely sees major hurricanes. Tropical Storm Isaac was east of the Lesser Antilles and expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba, while Hurricane Helene was moving northward away from land.

Melody Rawson evacuated her first-floor apartment in Myrtle Beach and arrived at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, to camp for free with three other adults, her disabled son, two dogs and a pet bird.

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