AccuWeather Explains What to Expect from 'Monster' Hurricane Florence

AccuWeather Explains What to Expect from 'Monster' Hurricane Florence

Beaufort County still not under mandatory evacuation despite changes to Florence forecast

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Hurricane Florence is poised to hit the mid-Atlantic coast and the Carolinas this week, and satellite images of the storm are nothing short of terrifying. CNN showed the scene, a small brick house.

"Get out of its way, don't play games with it, it's a big one, maybe as big as they've seen", Trump said.

After landfall, Florence slowed to a pace that meant it would plague the area with days of flooding.

AccuWeather Explains What to Expect from 'Monster' Hurricane Florence

Florence is so wide that a life-threatening storm surge was being pushed 300 miles ahead of its eye, and so wet that a swathe from SC to OH and Pennsylvania could get deluged.

Speaking at a news conference, the official said the hurricane was expected to spread out into the Central Appalachian mountains, the Tennessee Valley, and southeastern parts of the U.S. after Saturday.

Hurricane Florence is a Category-4 storm that's headed for the US East Coast and predicted to start impacting SC and North Carolina as early as Thursday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

At 11:00 am (1600 GMT), the eye of the storm was about 485 miles (785 kms) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving in a northwest direction at 15 mph (24 kph).

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Florence had maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (215 km per hour) and was on a trajectory that showed its center most likely to strike the southern coast of North Carolina by Friday, the National Hurricane Center said.

A view of Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station. North Carolina corrections officials said more than 3,000 people were relocated from adult prisons and juvenile centers in the path of Florence, and more than 300 county prisoners were transferred to state facilities.

If some of the computer projections hold, "it's going to come roaring up to the coast Thursday night and say, 'I'm not sure I really want to do this, and I'll just take a tour of the coast and decide where I want to go inland, '" said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the private Weather Underground forecasting service.

"We hope to have something left when we get home", she said. Unsure of what they would find when they return home, the couple went shopping for a recreational vehicle.

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"It's insane", he said in a phone interview.

People across the region rushed to buy bottled water and other supplies, board up their homes or get out of town. Affected areas will include South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia and now likely parts of Georgia. Utility companies said millions were expected to lose power and restoration could take weeks. Florence is expected to remain a Category 4 storm when it makes landfall.

Landfall is expected late Thursday or early Friday, and the National Hurricane Center fears the storm "will slow considerably or stall, leading to a prolonged and exceptionally heavy and unsafe rainfall event Friday-Sunday". Significant weakening is expected over the weekend.

Industrial waste, including toxic ash from power plants, could also be spread by flooding from the massive storm, which has caused mandatory evacuations of coastal areas in both Carolinas and Virginia, the AP reports.

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