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Answers to the 5 most asked questions about Hurricane Florence

18 September 2018

The NHC said tropical storm-force winds will hit North and SC with full force on Thursday evening.

North Carolina and SC are bracing for the onslaught, which could bring storm surges as high as nine feet and rainfall of as much as 40 inches in some areas.

MA will not feel too much of an impact from the chaotic storm down south, according to the National Weather Service: "The only impacts in southern New England from Hurricane Florence will be high surf and unsafe rip currents especially on the south coast through Friday".

The forecast calls for as much as 40 inches (102 centimetres) of rain over seven days along the coast, with the deluge continuing even as the centre of the storm pushes its way over the Appalachian Mountains.

A state of emergency has been declared in five coastal states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia and the U.S. capital Washington.

-Get out: 1.7 million people under mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders, and more than 10 million people live in places now under storm watches or warnings.

The wide storm has weakened to a Category 2 hurricane and forecasters expect top winds to drop more as it nears the shore, but they're sharing a giant dose of uncertainty.

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Damaging winds, floods, high surf and storm surge are still possible. "This storm will bring destruction to North Carolina", Gov. Isaac is forecast to gradually weaken over the next few days and could degenerate into a tropical wave at any time.

"There is still time to leave", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told "CBS This Morning" on Thursday. A Weatherflow station at Fort Macon, North Carolina recently reported a sustained wind of 77 miles per hour with a gust to 100 miles per hour.

As Florence closed in, President Donald Trump and state and local officials urged residents in the path of the storm to evacuate.

Airlines cancelled about 1,200 flights and counting, and some airports in the Carolinas virtually shut down.

As Florence roars ashore, it will bring devastating storm surge, potentially pushing water inland up to a story high. Just because of the sheer size of it.

How many people will it affect?

North Carolina had 108 shelters open, and SC reported having 56 shelters open on Thursday morning, as the storm headed toward the coast.

"Once those high winds get will be very hard, if not impossible, for anybody to come rescue you if you are in harm's way in one of those zones", McMaster said at a news conference Wednesday.

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Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it was unclear how many did. The Wilmington airport had a wind gust clocked at 105 miles per hour (169 kph), the highest since Hurricane Helene in 1958.

Duke Energy, the nation's No 2 power company, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks. But last year's Hurricane Harvey demonstrated that tremendous damage can be dealt when a storm system sits in place and dumps huge amounts of rain.

The DHS IG is examining whether Long misused government vehicles and personnel for his six-hour drives between his home in North Carolina and FEMA headquarters in Washington, DC, Politico reported.

An intense wave, as well as heavy rains, will announce on Thursday on the coast of Las Carolinas, the arrival of Florence.

This vulnerable area has been under mandatory-evacuation orders since Wednesday night at 8 p.m., and those who are choosing to ride out the storm have been under a mandatory curfew since that time, to keep people inside. "He is the only caregiver to me and my son", Browning said.

"It's going to bring a significant storm surge inland and a significant amount of rain.

I'm going to get killed on the road, '" Bradley said.

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Friday update, the NHC said Florence was about 45 miles east of Wilmington , NC, packing maximum-sustained winds of 90 mph. Zookeepers and veterinarians resolved to hunker down with the creatures and see them through the storm.

Answers to the 5 most asked questions about Hurricane Florence