Hurricane Florence now a Category 3, but remains ‘extremely dangerous’

Hurricane Florence is gaining strength as it moves west

Hurricane Florence is expected to being heavy rain and strong winds to the coasts of North and SC as early as Thursday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) is forecasting.

At 2 p.m., the storm was centered 435 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving at 16 mph.

Tropical storm winds are between 39 and 73 miles per hour, while hurricanes are 74 miles per hour or higher.

The National Hurricane Center's projected track had Florence hovering off the southern North Carolina coast starting Thursday night before finally blowing ashore.

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

Homes along the coast in Topsail Beach, North Carolina, are evacuated before Hurricane Florence on September 11, 2018.

The firm will have a better estimate for total insured losses after Florence makes landfall. After Florence's rain starts to fall this week, he said, the rainfall could continue through Monday. North and SC and Virginia declared emergencies earlier in the week. "He lives in North Carolina". There are 5.25 million people under hurricane warnings and watches and another 4.89 million under tropical storm watches and warnings.

Axios: "The ties between Hurricane Florence and climate change" - "Hurricane Florence is a unique Atlantic hurricane, projected to stall out after hitting land and forecast to dump upwards of 2 feet of rain on several states, much like Hurricane Harvey did in Texas previous year".

He says the time to flee Hurricane Florence is now. Gradual weakening is forecast over the next couple of days, and Helene is expected to become a tropical storm on Thursday.

The storm's surge, the rise in sea water above normally dry land at the coast, could reach up to 13 feet at peak.

News that the storm could plow through SC after landfall came shortly after McMaster lifted his mandatory-evacuation order for Beaufort County and many other areas south of Charleston.

The National Weather Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and both the governors of North and SC have warned that the storm could be extremely risky and mandatory evacuations are underway in many parts of the Carolinas.

"It doesn't look like it's going to weaken at this point", Flaherty said.

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.

On Wednesday morning, the president urged those in the path of Florence to "get out of its way".

We'll keep you updated on this system in the coming days. Jeff Byard of the Federal Emergency Management Agency invoked a former boxing champion to warn residents that it would bring "a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast".

"Bad things can happen when you're talking about a storm this size", Trump said Wednesday morning.

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