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Hurricane Florence weakens slightly as it moves toward USA coast: NHC

Time-lapse footage captured hurricane-hunting plane fly through Florence (VIDEO) Evacuations in US ahead of Hurricane Florence
Sandy Nunez | 14 September, 2018, 12:08

Florence will likely strike the East Coast with life-threatening storm surge, destructive winds and massive inland rainfall flooding.

The latest data suggests at least 20 to 30 inches will fall on southeastern North Carolina including the Wilmington, Jacksonville and Crystal Coast from Thursday through the weekend with isolated totals of up to 40 inches possible.

Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 110 miles per hour (175 km/h) with higher gusts.

As of 8 a.m. EDT, the Category 2 storm was centered about 170 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 220 miles east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

By late Thursday into Friday, steering patterns in the atmosphere may completely break down causing the storm to stall just off the coast of southeast North Carolina and northeast SC. Some models show the storm moving southward along the coast, bringing with it hurricane or tropical storm-like conditions to the Beaufort County area.

"If they have't evacuated, evacuate they're just causing more harm to themselves then you're gonna put rescuers in harm's way", Harting said.

The "probable" forecast path for Florence, a Category 4 hurricane, showed the storm shifting further toward the southern North Carolina coast and the northern half of the SC coast, with the forecast cone stretching into Georgia, western North Carolina and Tennessee, according to the National Hurricane Center. His home, built 1 mile inland in 2016, is raised 25 feet off the ground and is built to withstand 140-mph winds, he said.

Moreover, high tides around noon and midnight these next few days will make the storm surges even worse, Samson said.

The governor wants to avoid a repeat of Hurricane Matthew two years ago, which killed 26 North Carolinians.

Hurricane Florence latest forecast could still mean tropical impacts for Middle Georgia
Roy Cooper warned: "Don't relax, don't get complacent". "Disaster is at the doorstep and is coming in", he said in a tweet. At least 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia have been warned to evacuate, and others are hunkering down.

"I've been through hurricanes before but never with kids", she said. She packed up what she could and took a ferry Tuesday night.

"When that last ferry pulls out ... it's unnerving to see it pull away and know, 'That's the last chance I have of getting off this island, '" she said Wednesday.

"It's going to be bad", said Woody White, chairman of the New Hanover County Commissioners.

"Typically, we see a stimulus effect that creates jobs and raises incomes for South Carolinians", said Joseph Von Nessen, a research economist at the University of SC.

Florence is becoming more of a threat to more people - now including some in Georgia - in more ways with a giant dose of uncertainty on top.

Officials in several states have declared states of emergency, including in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland, where coastal areas are still recovering from summer storms.

The blasting wind and surging water may also damage some of the 16 nuclear reactors located in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

On another barrier island just below the Bogue Banks, Steve Harrigan reported live from North Topsail Beach, where visitors and residents were largely heeding warnings from Gov. Roy Cooper (D-N.C.) to evacuate.

Subtropical storm Joyce formed in the Atlantic on Wednesday but is not expected to threaten land. Even if you've ridden out storms before, this one is different.