FLORENCE: Landfall expected Friday morning, inland flooding a threat

Trump declares administration ‘completely ready’ for Hurricane Florence

Trump declares administration ‘completely ready’ for Hurricane Florence

Boeing evacuated several new 787-10 Dreamliner jets from its factory in North Charleston, South Carolina, to protect them from the storm.

While Florence's winds won't be as intense as first feared, the storm could dump as much as 3 feet of rain and generate storm surges as high as 13 feet in coastal areas, the weather service said. The hurricane will also bring a storm surge carrying huge waves of 10 feet or more, which experts have said is more than enough to destroy building walls.

The bad news? The still-dangerous storm is slowing down ... and is expected to take a leisurely "fish hook" dip through SC after coming ashore somewhere between Carolina Beach, N.C. and Emerald Isle, N.C. sometime around 2:00 a.m. EDT. Tropical-Storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles from the center.

In Murrell's Inlet, South Carolina, Mikey Zalloum of Uncle Mikey's Brick Oven Pizza sweated as he worked feverishly to make pies Thursday night.

On Tuesday, hurricane-force winds stretched 40 miles out from the center, Miller said.

It is then expected to drift southwest along the shoreline before moving inland on Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

"We're a little anxious about the storm surge so we came down to see what the river is doing now", said Linda Smith, 67, a retired non-profit director. "It will probably fall faster than it can leave".

We continue to keep an eye on Hurricane Florence as the storm inches closer to the southeast coast.

Only seven major hurricanes have hit on the coast between Savannah, Georgia and Cape Hatteras, North Carolina since 1879, CNN reported, and the last was Hurricane Hugo in 1989. That means locals and their property could be punished with severe hurricane conditions for days, not hours.

AccuWeather meteorologist Marshall Moss said Florence's track is unique. "The combination of a risky storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline". On Wednesday, officials said some of those shelters were at capacity, but in a statement early Thursday, county officials said they were "able to mobilize additional resources to accommodate the need for shelter space". On Thursday morning, South 17th Street, usually teeming with commuter traffic by 6:30 a.m., was almost devoid of cars.

At least 12,000 people had taken refuge in 126 emergency shelters, Cooper said, with more facilities being opened.

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