States Prepare for ‘Storm of a Lifetime’ as Hurricane Florence Looms

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Gargantuan waves towering up to 83 feet were crashing within Hurricane Florence's sprawling reach early Wednesday as the Category 4 monster continued its ominous advance on the East Coast, experts said.

Updated forecasts from the NHC show the storm lingering near the coast of the Carolinas, packed with days of torrential rain that could trigger huge inland flooding from SC to Virginia.

Fears about Hurricane Florence spread south on Wednesday, with Georgia declaring a state of emergency after officials in the Carolinas urged people to evacuate the coast ahead of the storm's expected pounding winds and rain-driven floods. He said the government is prepared for the storm. "So this is not just going to be a coastal threat". They were expecting to be in SC for 10 to 14 days, according to a spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Pete Piringer.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said: "Florence is still forecast to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane when it nears the U.S. coast late Thursday and Friday".

"This is shaping up to be a very unsafe scenario, as Florence nears our coast and stalls, unprecedented, and life-threatening flooding may unfold", the National Weather Service in Wilmington, North Carolina, wrote Wednesday.

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"In addition to flight disruptions caused by the storm's impact, cancellations may also be driven by conditions on the ground at airports in Florence's path, such as severe flooding, power outages or other infrastructure constraints".

"There's really not a lot of good news", NOAA flight director Paul Flaherty said on "Shepard Smith Reporting".

A state of emergency has been declared in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington amid concern over potential torrential rain and flooding. So we could have two landfalls - one around Wilmington and then one near Myrtle Beach or even south of there.

As of now, Florence is due to make landfall very early Friday morning, somewhere in the Carolinas.

"I'm scared we'll get 30 inches or more of rain", said Carol Trojniar, 69, a longtime Wilmington resident and retired real estate agent who has never experienced a Category 4 hurricane. I believe in preparation, ' Wright said.

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"I rode out Hugo", Miller said of a 1989 hurricane that caused widespread damage.

Hurricane Florence's shifting track is adding uncertainty to what forecasters are calling the "storm of a lifetime". "If you are on the coast, there is still time to get out safely".

Cooper, the governor of neighboring North Carolina, ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination, and parts of coastal Dare County.

Even for a major hurricane, Florence is a beast like no other.

Tropical Storm Watch issued for St
Isaac could be upgraded to a hurricane tonight, but some weakening of the system is expected to take shape by mid-week. Residents of North Carolina's low-lying barrier islands say they have already felt the impacts of Hurricane Florence .


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