Hurricane Florence Weakened to Category 2 Moves Closer to Shore

Florence UPDATE for Friday landfall North Carolina

Florence UPDATE for Friday landfall North Carolina

Hurricane force winds are possible along and just inland from the southeast coast of North Carolina from Thursday night through late Friday night.

Its maximum sustained winds slackened slightly to 125 mph, qualifying it as a Category 3 storm, but its wind field has grown, with hurricane-force winds extending out 70 miles from the center and tropical storm-force winds stretching as far as 175 miles from the storm's center. "Everyone was sold out", she said.

Florence is becoming more of a threat to more people - now including some in Georgia - in more ways with a giant dose of uncertainty on top.

One trusted computer model, the European simulation, predicted more than 115 cm in parts of North Carolina. But barber Josh Dais says the island's 5,000 residents now are trying to decide whether to flee ahead of Hurricane Florence.

Jeff Byard, an administrator at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said: "Do you want to get hit with a train or do you want to get hit with a cement truck?"

Florence is bearing down with such strength that forecasters say she may literally reshape the Carolina coastline. "In the past, it's been safer to leave them there", a state department of corrections spokesman said. Additionally, a tornado watch has been issued for parts of eastern North Carolina.

The US may have suffered its most costly year for hurricane damages last year but Florence, the first major storm of the 2018 hurricane season, represents an unusual sort of threat to coastal communities.

The storm will slow down because of pushback from a trough - an extended area of low atmospheric pressure - now over Texas, Stacy Stewart, an NHC senior hurricane specialist, said in the update.

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The "once-in-a-lifetime" storm was due to hit the coast of the southeastern United States tomorrow, bringing winds of up to 130mph and causing a sea surge of as much as 13 feet.

"We will experience power outages, infrastructure damages, there will be homes damaged".

"This will be a storm that's going to be far larger than we have seen in perhaps decades", Trump said.

If anyone left out there doubts Florence's sheer capacity to wreak havoc in the coming days, this NOAA satellite image (from former NASA scientist and Professor Marshall Shepherd) should do the convincing.

North Carolina has roughly 2,100 industrial-scale pork farms containing more than 9 million hogs.

"I'm not approaching Florence from fear or panic", said Brad Corpening (35), who planned to ride out the storm in his boarded-up delicatessen in Wilmington.

"We do not want to risk one SC life in this hurricane", the governor told reporters.

Almost 1000 prisoners in SC will not be moved from their cells, despite a mandatory evacuation order in the area. In Virginia, officials have evacuated one state prison, though local jails in the affected area are planning to keep inmates in place after stockpiling food and fuel, the Virginian-Pilot reports.

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