Hurricane Hunters flying into Florence as it heads for the Carolinas

Hurricane Hunters flying into Florence as it heads for the Carolinas

The South Carolina Department of Corrections says some prisoners were moved in a Pee Dee facility ahead of Florence's approach toward the coast.

"Between the lines: Hurricane Florence could become the strongest hurricane on record to strike so far north if it makes landfall north of the border between SC and North Carolina as a Category 4 or 5 storm". At 11am local time on Wednesday (early Thursday AEST), the storm was located about 785km southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina.

The National Weather Service's best guess was that the hurricane would blow ashore Saturday morning along the North Carolina-South Carolina line, then push its rainy way westward with a potential for catastrophic inland flooding. This storm is a slow-moving mammoth and will linger for days on the coast, heavily affecting not only North and SC but also Georgia and parts of Virginia before moving further inland, causing devastation to entire states throughout the weekend.

More than 1 million people have been ordered to evacuate the coastlines of the Carolinas and Virginia.

A crew of about 80 rescuers from Montgomery County is headed to SC to help deal with Hurricane Florence and its aftermath.

"Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you".

Florence will weaken once it stops drawing energy from warm ocean waters, but it's still expected to make landfall late Thursday or early Friday as an extremely risky major hurricane.




Tens of thousands of homes and businesses could be flooded in North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper warned. The reconnaissance aircraft found that maximum sustained winds remain near 130 miles per hour, with higher gusts.

"The time to prepare is nearly over", Cooper warned.

Hurricane Florence is seen from the International Space Station as it churns in the Atlantic Ocean towards the east coast of the United States, September 10, 2018.

Florence is now heading for ocean water that has surface temperatures of about 85 degrees, meaning it will most likely strengthen on its way to the East Coast.

Deal cited the storm's "forecasted southward track" in a statement declaring a state of emergency.

Emergency preparations in the area included activating 2800 National Guard troops in North Carolina, stockpiling food, setting up shelters, switching traffic patterns so that major roads led away from shore and securing 16 nuclear reactors in the three-state region. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175miles. "It goes well inland". Jeff Byard of the Federal Emergency Management Agency invoked a former boxing champion to warn residents that it would bring "a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast".

"Even if you've ridden out storms before, this one is different". We continue to let everyone know to not take this lightly.

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