Thursday, 13 December, 2018

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Will Hurricane Florence Strengthen into a Rare Category 5 Storm ‘Storm of lifetime’: Hurricane Florence barrels toward Carolinas as residents flee
Cary Marshall | 14 September, 2018, 03:08

More than 1.5 million people have been asked to evacuate their homes along the Virginia, North and SC coasts as Category 5 storm Hurricane Florence approaches, an official said.

Hurricane Florence is packing sustained winds of 140 miles (220 km) per hour and remains an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm as it approaches the USA eastern coastline, specifically the Carolinas.

"While some weakening is expected on Thursday, Florence is forecast to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through landfall", the NHC said.

Manure lagoons are about as pleasant as they sound-vast open-air ponds of manure located next to the many hog farms near the North Carolina coast.

"We have also touched base with our vendors to ensure we are stocked up and prepared should any delays or shortages occurs as a result" of the storm", she said. All lanes of Interstate 26 are westbound to allow more people to leave the coast and head inland toward the state capital of Columbia. "Disaster is at the doorstep and it's coming in".

A state of emergency has been declared in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington amid concern over potential torrential rain and flooding.

Downpours and flooding would be especially severe, lasting for days, if the storm stalls over land.

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The category four hurricane is set to bring with it heavy rains and winds of up to 225 kilometres per hour.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency "in light of the storm's forecasted southward track after making landfall".

As of Tuesday (Wednesday NZT), about 1.7 million people in North and SC and Virginia were under warnings to evacuate the coast, and hurricane watches and warnings extended across an area with about 5.4 million residents. By late Wednesday, authorities in North Carolina reported almost 7,000 evacuees staying in 71 emergency shelters throughout the state. A storm surge warning went into effect for the same areas, as well as the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers.

The U.S. Coast Guard said it closed the ports of Wilmington and Moorehead City in North Carolina and restricted port operations in Charleston, South Carolina. All seven of North Carolina's ferry routes were shut down.

FEMA Administrator Brock Long urged people to prepare for a "very devastating storm", with possibly weeks-long power outages.

Described as a monster, the eye of Hurricane Florence continues to grow. "Heed those warnings and evacuate if you're in one of the zones". "It's going to happen. We just need to figure out how to make it through". People getting a little more than moist over it'.

"It's going to be bad", said Woody White, a county commissioner.

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