Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

'Life-Threatening' Hurricane Florence Closes In On US East Coast

'Life-Threatening' Hurricane Florence Closes In On US East Coast

Between 1 millions and 3 million people will likely lose power when Hurricane Florence makes landfall later this week, according to a Wednesday report from Duke Energy.

Austen Kroll: He traveled north and inland to Charlotte, North Carolina, to his family home.

More than 1.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate coastal areas ahead of the storm because of both destructive winds and a storm surge that could place normally dry land under at least 10 feet of water.

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.

OH will also feel the effects of Florence.

Last year's Hurricane Harvey, the wettest tropical cyclone on record, dumped 40 inches of rain on Houston after stalling over south Texas.

Crews also prepared 16 nuclear reactors in the three-state region for the storm. But getting out of harm's way could prove hard. Finding fuel for the journey was tough.

Trojniar said she and her husband were packing up belongings and plan to stack sandbags around their single-floor home in Wilmington's eerily named Landfall neighborhood near the ocean before checking into a hotel to ride out the storm, with plenty of wine.

Long lines formed at service stations, and some started running out of gas as far west as Raleigh, with bright yellow bags, signs or rags placed over the pumps to show they were out of order. A lot of people hearing this are remembering Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Eight dogs and 18 cats from a shelter in Norfolk, Virginia, were sent to two shelters in Washington to make room for pets expected to be displaced by the hurricane. That would make it the costliest storm ever to hit the terms of property loss.

Deals emergency declaration cited potential "changes in the storms trajectory" as well as an influx of evacuees coming to Georgia from the Carolinas.

"It's possible it could be even higher than that depending on how quickly the storm moves to the coast, but we're kind of expecting it to slow down as it moves to the coast and would probably cut down the storm surge", AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski says.

Florence is the most risky of three tropical systems in the Atlantic.

A hurricane warning - meaning hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours - is in effect for a long stretch of the coast, from the Santee River in SC to Duck, N.C., which is part of the Outer Banks.

And while the Carolinas prep for Florence tomorrow, there are others in the Atlantic - and a tropical storm near Hawaii - that also pose danger as 2018's Atlantic hurricane season reaches its peak.

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