Atlantic Canadians keep wary watch on advancing tropical storms, hurricanes

"When a disaster causes store shelves to empty, gas pumps to shut off and electrical grids to shut down, America's truck drivers bring in the supplies that save lives, provide comfort and allow people to rebuild".

If maps of Florence's trajectory are correct, it will become the most powerful storm to strike the Carolinas in almost three decades. "There's no canned goods", Kristin Harrington said as she shopped at a Walmart in Wilmington.

Hurricane Florence could cost the East Coast more than $170 billion and damage almost 759,000 homes and businesses, according to analytics firm CoreLogic.

"Interests in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic states should monitor the progress of Florence".

He said that the federal government was prepared to spend whatever was necessary and make every preparation possible for the storm.

According to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, people caught in a Category 4 storm can expect to see "catastrophic damage".

Hurricane Isaac is expected to lose strength as it reaches the Caribbean, and Helene, much farther out to sea, may veer northwards into the open ocean as the 2018 hurricane season reaches its peak.

Federal officials begged residents to put together emergency kits and have a plan on where to go.

It's unclear if some other games in the Carolinas or Virginia could be affected by the storm. It's going to destroy infrastructure. The school said the decision came after discussions with West Virginia, the Atlantic Coast Conference and emergency management officials.

The "extremely risky major hurricane" is predicted to hit the coast late Thursday or early Friday morning, dropping as much as 30 inches of rain in some areas and wind gusts in the 140 miles per hour range, says the National Hurricane Center.

Florence will unload up to 40 inches of rain in parts of North Carolina.

"All the rainfall we're going to have, plus you talk about the wind - that means a lot of trees coming down, it's a lot of power outages, a lot of impacts with this system", Graham said. Cape Lookout to Ocracoke Island could see 5 to 8 feet of water, experts say.

The hurricane watch notice is significant because it signals the opening of a 48-hour window for the expected first arrival of tropical storm-force winds.

Paula Matheson of Springfield, Oregon, got the full Southern experience during her 10-week RV vacation: hot weather, good food, lovely beaches and, finally, a hurricane evacuation.

On North Carolina's Outer Banks, Dawn Farrow Taylor (50) was gathering photos and important documents and filling prescriptions Monday before heading inland. It took them almost the whole day Monday to drive the 60 miles off the barrier island.

"It was so lovely. Eighty-five degrees", Matheson said, pausing a moment. "I found that people struggle with the part 2".

Forecasters are clear: Hurricane Florence is rapidly getting stronger, predictions are dire and the three states in its path are bracing for the worst.

Other counties along North Carolina's coast are also issuing evacuation warnings, while SC has ordered the evacuation of all coastal areas beginning at noon on Tuesday.

Duke coach David Cutcliffe says the team will leave Durham on Thursday instead of its typical Friday departure because it's "our best opportunity to get out". North Carolina is the top US turkey producer, ranks third for chicken and is home to more hogs than any state other than Iowa, government data show. "We're just a strip of land - we're a barrier island", she said.

  • Carolyn Briggs