Everything you need to know about Hurricane Florence

Everything you need to know about Hurricane Florence

Everything you need to know about Hurricane Florence

"For a meandering storm, the biggest concern - as we saw with Harvey - is the huge amount of rainfall", said Chris Landsea, chief of tropical analysis and forecast branch at the National Hurricane Center.

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.

Hurricane Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks, as the hulking storm closed in with 105 miles per hour winds for a drenching siege that could last all weekend. Then it is likely to hover along the coast Saturday, pushing up to 11 feet (3.3 meters) of storm surge and unloading water on both states.

In addition to the storm surge, "There is going to be a lot of rain", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said on Thursday.

Evacuation orders are in place in Virginia and the Carolinas, and about 10 million people are under some kind of weather warning. Coastal storm surge is expected to be as high as 13 feet, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Because landfalling hurricanes commonly spawn twisters, a tornado watch was issued for eastern North Carolina.

In Virginia, where about 245,000 residents were ordered to evacuate low-lying areas, officials urged people to remain away from home despite forecast changes showing Florence's path largely missing the state.

Airlines had also canceled almost 1,000 flights and counting.

Federal emergency management officials warned that Florence - while weakening a bit - remains a "very unsafe storm" capable of wreaking havoc along a wide swathe of the East Coast.

All four major U.S. airlines have said they are capping selected airfares below what last-minute tickets would cost.

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Schools and businesses closed as far south as Georgia, airlines canceled more than 1,500 flights, and coastal towns in the Carolinas were largely emptied out.

This is storm surge: a devastating phenomenon accompanying any tropical system.

Residents along the Carolina Coast on Thursday were preparing for Hurricane Florence as the massive Category 2 storm continues on its path northwest at 18 miles per hour.

Her neighbors gave her the key to their house, which is two stories and might be safer from flooding, she said.

"It's going to bring a significant storm surge inland and a significant amount of rain". Tropical storm force winds and hurricane force winds could last for a duration of hours.

As of 8:00 am (1200 GMT), the eye of the storm was 170 miles (275 km) east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving northwest at 12 mph.

Duke Energy said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks.

Members of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 4 from Oakland, California, search a flooded neighborhood for evacuees during Hurricane Florence in Fairfield Harbour, North Carolina.

Anxious about how the government will respond to Hurricane Florence's devastation? The government of Puerto Rico accepted these numbers, too, after many months in which the official death toll was listed at 64 people. "And by that I mean the teams and families but also the allotment of resources used for the game that could be better used somewhere else", Hunt said in a statement.

"It doesn't matter how much money you have or how many generators you have if you can't get gas", she said.

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