Some steadfast residents to stay put as Hurricane Florence approaches

Katie Ramirez
September 13, 2018

We've pulled together some of the key elements that explain why officials are so anxious, and what damage Florence could cause.

The "once-in-a-lifetime" storm was due to hit the coast of the southeastern United States tomorrow, bringing winds of up to 130mph and causing a sea surge of as much as 13 feet.

The National Hurricane Center still expects the hurricane to cause "life threatening, catastrophic flash flooding" whenever it makes landfall.

More than 1.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate coastal areas ahead of the storm because of both destructive winds and a storm surge that could place normally dry land under at least 10 feet of water.

"This is a horrific nightmare storm from a meteorological perspective", University of Georgia meteorology professor Marshall Shepherd said.

And in the path of where Florence is expected to make landfall, Gordon Reddick - also a hurricane veteran of Bertha, Fran, Bonnie, Hanna - believes he can wait out yet another storm.

When the National Hurricane Updates shared a map of the category four hurricane, dubbed "the storm of a lifetime", on Facebook, people were quick to compare the pink round-headed shape displaying the devastation to something a lot less serious.

Hurricane-force winds will bring down trees and damage homes and businesses. The storm will bring dangerously high amounts of rain, forecasters say.

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According to analytics firm CoreLogic, the hurricane could wreak more than $170billion (£130billion) in havoc and damage almost 759,000 homes and businesses.

NHC Director Ken Graham warned that rivers up to 60km inland may flood.

Duke Energy, the nations No. 2 power company, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks.

"We have seen a dramatic shift in the track", Scasny said, adding that big changes to the storm's behavior could emerge within the next two days.

TRT World's Nicole Johnston is on the coast in Wilmington, North Carolina, where people are preparing for the worst. The agency is also warning people in the evacuation areas to leave stating that "This is not going to be a glancing blow".

Port of Wilmington, North Carolina, extended operating hours for trains and trucks to clear cargo containers from the complex. In 1999, Hurricane Floyd left hundreds of thousands of dead hogs and chickens floating in floodwaters in the state. And if local officials recommend evacuation, evacuate immediately.

"Watch out, America! #HurricaneFlorence is so enormous, we could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens from the @Space_Station, 400 km directly above the eye", German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted.

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