Hurricane Florence Zeroes In On Carolinas, Bringing 130 MPH Winds

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If these projections hold, University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy says "it's exceptionally bad news, as it smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge". "It's called Mother Nature, you never know, but we know", he also said in a video posted to Twitter Wednesday morning.

Hurricane Florence, the monster Category 3 storm taking aim at the North and SC coastline, is expected to make landfall by the end of this week and bring with it devastating wind, rain and storm surge.

The new trajectory means the storm will idle at sea for longer, creating even heavier and prolonged rains and storm surges for the Carolinas and possibly northern parts of Georgia. Nathan Deal issued an emergency declaration for the entire state to ease regulations on trucks hauling gasoline and relief supplies.

Still, the potential for coastal flooding remains a concern, they said.

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The path of Hurricane Florence has changed since Cooper made that statement Tuesday.

Millions of people on the East Coast of the United States find themselves in the path of a monster Category 4 hurricane that threatens catastrophic coastal flooding and damage in the billions of USA dollars.

"I'm taking a life-threatening risk, but it's my opportunity to protect my property", Hoffman said. Over 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders.

A hurricane warning - meaning hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours - is in effect for a long stretch of the coast, from the Santee River in SC to Duck, N.C., which is part of the Outer Banks.

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The storm's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Wednesday at 185 km per hour, down from a peak of 225 km per hour a day earlier before Florence was downgraded from a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of wind strength.

Marshall: Well, if it does follow the path of come more toward Charlotte, when can we expect to see the greatest effect here in the Charlotte region?

Maryland, though, could be spared the catastrophic flooding thought possible in recent days.

A view of Hurricane Florence is shown churning in the Atlantic Ocean in a west, north-westerly direction heading for the eastern coastline of the United States, taken by cameras outside the International Space Station on September 12, 2018. "This is going to be a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast".

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In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate. He cited forecasts showing Florence was likely to stall over North Carolina, "bringing days and days of rain".