Florence's 'violent grind' leaves at least four dead in Carolinas

Clay Curtis
September 15, 2018

Hurricane Florence put a corridor of more than 10 million people in the crosshairs Wednesday as the monster storm closed in on the Carolinas, uncertainty over its projected path spreading worry across a widening swath of the Southeast.

The category three storm is ploughing towards the east coast and is due to make landfall in SC early on Friday morning.

Nathan Deal declared of a state of emergency for 159 counties in the state following the updated storm predictions.

The News & Observer reports that the storm's path shifted early Wednesday and it is now bearing down on southern North Carolina and northern SC, where it could dump up to 40 inches of rain in places.

Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over warm ocean waters and move toward land.

Melody Rawson evacuated her first-floor apartment in Myrtle Beach and arrived at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, to camp for free with three other adults, her disabled son, two dogs and a pet bird.

"This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding", the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

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Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid.

According to Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean, current forecast puts Florence stalling upon reaching the Carolina coast before making a slight shift south and barreling down SC. A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.

About 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million live in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches, the National Weather Service said.

Florence's nighttime winds were down to 115 miles per hour (185 kph) from a high of 140 miles per hour (225 kph), and the Category 4 storm fell to a Category 3, with a further slow weakening expected as the storm nears the coast. Many major roads and arteries have reversed traffic flow to help residents evacuate quickly.

"The big picture: There are several characteristics of the changing climate that are helping to increase the risks of damage from Hurricane Florence, even though global warming is not directly causing such a storm to spin up".

Life-threatening storm surges of up to 13 feet (3.9 meters) were also forecast in some areas of North Carolina along with the possibility of tornadoes.

Hurricane Helene is moving north, where it's expected to become a tropical storm on Thursday.

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