Hurricane Florence could stall offshore in repeat of "Harvey"

The East Coast is bracing for Hurricane Florence as it continues to strengthen.

Officials say Hurricane Florence is likely to make landfall in southeastern North Carolina near the SC border.

Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the Carolinas, poised to slam the coastline Friday.

The storm, which is building up over the Atlantic, is due to make landfall in either North or SC within the next few days, and is expected to be the worst storm to hit the area in 30 years.

As for travelers, airlines serving destinations in Florence's projected path have started waiving change fees and are expecting widespread delays and cancellations.

Florence is now churning through the Atlantic, only a few hundred miles off the coast of Wilmington, N.C. Other companies such as Alaska Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue and Spirit Airlines have all issued special travel advisories.

By contrast, North Carolina has said it is evacuating hundreds of prisoners from prisons and county jails before the storm, the Charlotte Observer reports.

It is predicted to stall even more off the coast of the Carolinas before scraping down the United States east coast and moving inland before the weekend.

Alamance County residents should brace for at least 2 to 4 inches and as much as 10 inches of rain over the weekend, the National Weather Service said Wednesday, Sept. 12. Parts of SC could see 5 to 10 inches, with isolated areas getting 20 inches, said the center.

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.

A search-and-rescue team is being deployed by FEMA from Montgomery County in Maryland to help in SC as the area braces for Hurricane Florence.

Florence's intensity was forecast to fluctuate into Thursday and then slowly decrease.

Federal states of emergency have been declared in all three states, and collectively about 1.5 million people have fled the coast under mandatory evacuation orders.

Forecasters said parts of North Carolina could get 20in of rain, if not more, with as much as 10in elsewhere in the state and in Virginia, parts of Maryland and Washington DC.

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As of 5:00 am (1100 GMT), Florence was a risky Category 4 hurricane packing sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (220 kilometers per hour), the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

North Carolina governor Roy Cooper told locals not to "bet your life on riding out a monster", with ferocious winds set to batter the shoreline.

While many coastal residents heeded mandatory evacuation orders, others boarded up homes and businesses and chose to fearless the storm, which is forecast to trigger severe flash flooding as it dumps as many as three feet (almost a meter) of rain in some areas.

One trusted computer model, the European simulation, predicted more than 45 inches in parts of North Carolina.

It said the hurricane was about 520 miles (820km) southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on Wednesday.

"They have no idea what "overwash" of an island will do to a home, what the wind could do to your home and what to do to your home to make it safer after you evacuate".

  • Valerie Cook