3 million could lose power when Hurricane Florence hits

Like Hurricane Harvey in 2017, Florence is expected to slow significantly when it reaches the coast, allowing the storm to dump a catastrophic amount of rain in the Carolinas.

This is when Hurricane Florence is expected to be closest to us.

To ease the heavy traffic leaving the coast, SC reversed freeways lanes to allow traffic to flow away from the coming storm.

The NHC said Florence is expected to be an "extremely risky major hurricane" when it makes landfall in the Carolinas late Thursday or early Friday, bringing life-threatening storm surge to coastal areas.

More than 1 million people have been ordered to evacuate the coastlines of the Carolinas and Virginia.

"This storm is going to linger awhile", said George Gallagher of global analytics firm CoreLogic during an online event on Wednesday to assess the threat.

Florence is now heading for ocean water with surface temperatures of around 85 degrees, meaning it will likely strengthen on its way to the East Coast.

Is it true we could see feet of rain? It's gaining strength and could even be upgraded to Category 5 before it makes landfall early Friday, according to forecasts.

Police chief Luther Reynolds added that he has been in touch with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office and North Charleston police about the situation and preparing for Hurricane Florence.

But despite the potentially devastating hurricane, forecast to make landfall on Friday with 130mph winds, people tried to offer some "relief" in the silence before the storm.

Most damages from hurricanes occur due to flooding on land, with the second most due to sea surges hitting along the coast.

Hurricane warnings have been issued by the U.S. National Hurricane Center for portions of SC and North Carolina due to Hurricane Florence, according to the agency's 5 p.m. update on September 11, 2018. "Storm surge watches are in effect in these areas - hurricane watches are in effect for coastal South Carolina, North Carolina". More than a million people have been urged to evacuate from the storm's path.

As of September 12, the Atlantic has three named storms (tropical storms with sustained winds of at least 39 mph), as well as two other weather patterns that could soon become well-organized storm systems. "We are totally prepared", Trump said at the White House.

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

More than 20 inches (51 cm) of rainfall are possible across eastern North Carolina, said Don Keeney, senior agricultural meteorologist for weather forecaster Radiant Solutions.

The hurricane is expected to weaken into a tropical depression as it continues westward into SC and Georgia.

  • Carolyn Briggs