Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Athens prepares for Hurricane Florence, statewide emergency declared

Athens prepares for Hurricane Florence, statewide emergency declared

The hurricane center said Florence will approach the coast Friday and linger for a while before rolling ashore.

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.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Goes-East weather-monitoring satellite used its lightning mapping technology for a video showing Florence, Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene as they traveled across the Atlantic on Tuesday. "Don't bet your life on riding out a monster".

As the hurricane became larger and better organized Tuesday afternoon, mandatory evacuations were ordered for parts of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

The Governor issued a state of emergency around noon on Wednesday ahead of the storm.

If the track shifts farther south, impacts could worsen to include storm surge inundation, damaging winds and excessive rainfall.

A gas shortage during the storm could occur for multiple reasons, including increased demand and a loss of electricity, closing some stations, experts say.

As soon as Deal made the declaration, Coweta County Emergency Management Agency director Jay Jones said he sprang into action.

Rather than pushing up toward western Virginia, the storm's center is now predicted to move across the middle of SC.

Even Wilmington, North Carolina - a coastal city accustomed to severe weather - is bracing for an unusually brutal impact.

Boarding up his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Chris Pennington watched the forecasts and tried to decide when to leave.

The storm is moving west, northwest at 17 miles per hour.

"The biggest thing is you're always anxious about yourself and friends and family - and whether they'll have a place to come back to", he said.

"Maximum sustained winds are near 130 miles per hour (215 km/h) with higher gusts".

"We've had some changes in the storms direction, some that are concerning us", Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner said Wednesday.

One simply added: 'Your Florence hurricane forecast looks like a giant penis and testicles. 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.

Florence is now a Category 4 Hurricane barrelling towards the US East Coast with some experts claiming it will make a direct hit.

The coastal surge from Florence could leave the eastern tip of North Carolina under more than 9 feet (2.75 meters) of water in spots, projections showed. In South Carolina and inland parts of North Carolina, 5 to 10 inches of rain could fall, with 20 inches possible in some areas.

I know that North Carolinians are a hardy bunch and we've seen nor'easters and hurricanes before, but this one is different.

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