CLOSINGS: Several schools close ahead of Hurricane Florence

Marshall vs. South Carolina game cancelled due to Hurricane Florence

Marshall vs. South Carolina game cancelled due to Hurricane Florence

The storm has pretty much followed the forecast track through now, but the issue will be Thursday or Friday as it nears the coast and the steering currents collapse.

Some 22 FBS and FCS games have been cancelled this weekend due to Hurricane Florence.

Shepard Smith and Flaherty said reports showed storm surge from the system is likely to be felt dozens of miles inland, including along the Neuse River Basin - which stretches inward from New Bern toward Rocky Mount and Nashville, N.C. Cloud cover that could encompass multiple states.

Anxious about how the government will respond to Hurricane Florence's devastation? Hurricane-force winds extended 80 miles (130 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles (315 kilometers).

In Virginia, where about 245,000 residents were ordered to evacuate low-lying areas, officials urged people to remain away from home despite forecast changes showing Florence's path largely missing the state. His remarks fell flat in Puerto Rico where islanders are continuing to struggle to recover a year after the Category 4 storm.

Predictions are for Florence to be far more violent storm. The Navy, Air Force and Army were moving ships and aircraft out of harm's way.

Duke Energy Co. said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks. But it could have been worse: Labor Day marked the end of the peak tourism season in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and other coastal getaways. In contrast to the hurricane center's official projection, a highly regarded European model had the storm turning southward off the North Carolina coast and coming ashore near the Georgia-South Carolina line.

And if Florence weren't enough, other storms out there are threatening people.

At 200 PM EDT (1800 UTC), reports from An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft indicate that the center of the eye of Hurricane Florence was located near latitude 30.4 North, longitude 71.8 West. Florence is moving toward the northwest near 16 miles per hour (26 km/h) and this general motion, accompanied by a gradual decrease in forward speed, is expected to through Saturday.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for... She said a hurricane has a way of bringing everyone to the same level.

"We would like the private sector to do the same and this is why going forward we have to implement legislation that would authorise the NEPO (National Emergency Planning Organisation), that when a decision is taken with regards to work, it would apply to every employee in the country and these are the things we intend to do in terms of disaster management going forward", Skerrit said, adding that he hopes to have the legislation debated in the Parliament by December. Smaller enclaves of Gullah, referred to as Geechee in some areas, are scattered along the Southeast coast from North Carolina to Florida. "If you are in one of the evacuation zones, you need to leave now". Evacuees also loaded up their vehicles with extra gas cans, their pets - mostly dogs, and one cockatoo - coolers filled with sandwich meat, family photographs and blankets. Home Depot and Lowe's activated emergency response centers to get generators, trash bags and bottled water to stores before and after the storm.

Aside from safety concerns, Atlantic Coast Conference schools face scheduling obstacles, monetary implications and bowl considerations.

Hurricane Florence has resulted in cancelled classes at the University of SC and the university will remain closed through Saturday. Virginia has moved its Saturday home game against OH to Nashville, Tennessee.

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