Hurricane Florence path: Forecaster warns 'potentially DEADLY' storm is getting STRONGER

Trump Hurricane Florence looking ‘bigger than anticipated

Trump Hurricane Florence looking ‘bigger than anticipated

Hurricane Florence is a Category-4 storm that's headed for the US East Coast and predicted to start impacting SC and North Carolina as early as Thursday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The Category 2 storm is expected to make landfall around Wilmington, North Carolina, but the massive hurricane will have a major impact along a long stretch of the North and SC coasts.

"Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km)".

Expected to make landfall by Friday, the impact of the storm will be widespread, with destructive winds, life-threatening storm surge, risky surf, torrential rainfall, flooding and the potential for tornadoes. Forecasters said Florence could become an extremely risky major hurricane sometime Monday and remain that way for days. "This will allow us to take care of our community and also be prepared should the need arise to assist others", Walker said. About 3000 people died in the aftermath of that storm.

Meteorologist Christina Speciale said that as of Wednesday morning there is a "50 to 55 percent" chance that Beaufort County experiences tropical-storm-force winds starting sometime between Friday evening and early Saturday.

"The Charleston area now is expected to see at least 1-2 inches of rain over the next several days". President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency on the federal level Tuesday for the Carolinas and Virginia.

Michelle Stober loaded up valuables at her home on Wrightsville Beach to drive back to her primary residence in Cary, North Carolina.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is calling Florence a major and deadly storm.

Folks living in Charleston, South Carolina, have already started preparing for Florence.

Early on 13 September, NASA's Aqua satellite's infrared data showed the clouds in the southern quadrant of Hurricane Florence appeared warmer than storms throughout the rest of Florence.

- Even from orbit, Hurricane Florence looks like a monster.

In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate, including from the Eastern Shore.

"Historical rainfall amounts from #Florence are possible with UNPRECEDENTED flooding", according to the National Weather Service office in Newport and Morehead City, on North Carolina's coast. She has worked as a senior manager in public relations and communications for major telecommunication companies, and is the former Deputy Director for Media Relations with the Modern Coalition. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said.

The National Hurricane Center projects rainfall anywhere from 5 to 20 inches across SC.

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