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'Monster' Hurricane Florence Barrels Toward the Carolinas

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. "Don't bet your life on riding out a monster", he said.

Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 beast less than 24 hours ago, has weakened into a Category 2 storm as it nears landfall in the Carolinas, the National Weather Service said late Wednesday.

President Donald Trump is preparing to travel to areas affected by Florence next week.

The storm is still on track to make landfall in the coastal carolina region, but is starting to drift south. Officials say it is possible SC will bear the brunt of Hurricane Florence.

"The big picture: There are several characteristics of the changing climate that are helping to increase the risks of damage from Hurricane Florence, even though global warming is not directly causing such a storm to spin up". Three college football games with Top 25 teams have been called off: East Carolina at No. 11 Virginia Tech, No. 15 West Virginia at NC State and No. 18 Central Florida at North Carolina.

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The storm is expected to stall once it makes landfall in the Carolinas, and if does, restoration efforts can not begin until it passes and in some cases until flood waters recede.

Because the storm is still a few days from landfall, the cone of uncertainty for Sunday and Monday shows the Florence could go as far south as southern Georgia or as far north as the Tennessee Valley.

And it led to mixed signals from officials in SC, whose governor had canceled mandatory evacuation for several coastal counties.

Senior National Hurricane Center specialist Stacy Stewart said the impacts of the storm will cover a wide area "regardless of exactly where the center of Florence moves".

The National Hurricane Center's latest predictions Wednesday had Florence hovering off Southeast shores for more than two days before making landfall near the North Carolina/South Carolina border, perhaps not until Saturday.

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Forecasters said Florence could become an extremely risky major hurricane sometime Monday and remain that way for days. Hurricane Florence , the Category 2 storm heading straight for my parents' SC house, has the country on high alert.


Rain measured in feet is "looking likely", he said. You never know. But we know.

Florence's projected path includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous hog farms that store animal waste in huge lagoons.

"We've seen nor'easters and we've seen hurricanes before", Cooper said, "but this one is different".

"It's been really nice", Nicole Roland said. Tropical Storm Isaac was expected to pass south of Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba, while Hurricane Helene was moving northward away from land.

Based on the current forecast track, here is what to expect...

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Still, she said, "I think we're going to stay put", noting her neighborhood's past success in avoiding power outages and flooding. The town of Oriental, North Carolina , got more than 18 inches of rain in just a few hours, while Surf City had 14 inches.


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