Florence to approach the Carolinas coast later Thursday: NHC

Florence to approach the Carolinas coast later Thursday: NHC

Florence to approach the Carolinas coast later Thursday: NHC

On Thursday, Hurricane Florence's path took the massive storm straight into South and North Carolinas, bringing with it heavy wind and rain and the potential for major destruction.

Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale on Thursday evening and was moving west at only 6 miles per hour (9 km/h).

Swells generated by Florence are affecting Bermuda, portions of the U.S. East Coast, and the northwestern and central Bahamas, reports the NHC. "This general motion, accompanied by a further decrease in forward speed, is expected to continue through today".

Businesses across the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia will likely suffer financial losses from the approaching storm, with ports closing, farmers moving their livestock and expected power outages that could last for weeks. On North Carolina's Outer Banks, water flowed through streets and between beachfront homes, and some of the few people still left in Nags Head took photos of angry waves topped with white froth. "I tell people it's going to be nothing like we've seen before". "We've prepared all our supplies at home and frankly, we were bored".

Duke is mobilizing about 20,000 workers, including from its Midwest and Florida units, to help restore power.

He said hurricane-force winds extend outward 80 miles from the center of the storm and tropical storm-force winds extend almost 200 miles out. "I am frightened about what's coming". "Requests would have to come through the (Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System) team to EPD and we would make a decision from there based on what the needs are", Lalley said.

Tropical Storm Florence dumped "epic" amounts of rain on North and SC as it trudged inland on Saturday, knocking out power and causing at least eight deaths as flood waters that have devastated many communities kept rising.

What's worse: Much of the Carolinas are already saturated from rainfall.

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-Intensity: maximum sustained winds at 105 miles per hour, down from a peak of 140 miles per hour but still extremely unsafe.

The storm's center was about 50 miles south of Morehead City at around 11 p.m. EST (0300 GMT Friday).

The news of an DHS IG investigation into Long comes as the country prepares for Hurricane Florence, a Category 2 hurricane that's expected to hit the Carolina coasts hard.

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.

The NHC said tropical storm-force winds will hit North and SC with full force on Thursday evening.

"This rainfall would produce catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding", NHC forecasters warned. Heavy rains were forecast to extend into the Appalachian Mountains, affecting parts of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for North of Duck in North Carolina to Cape Charles Light in Virginia as well as the Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort. All interests in these areas should complete preparations and follow any advice given by local officials. The commanding general says anyone remaining on base will have food, water and protection despite being in the projected path of the storm.

People in areas vulnerable to the risky hurricane, particularly those in coastal regions, have fled ahead of the storm. Instead, they drove 150 miles (240 km) inland to his mother's house in Durham.

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