'Monster' Hurricane Florence Barrels Toward the Carolinas

Gov. Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency around noon Wednesday ahead of the storm that covered all 159 counties within Georgia.

Storm surges up to 13ft are expected, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Hurricane Florence kept everyone on edge Wednesday, when the storm began sliding southward and taking aim at the Georgia coast.

Georgia's governor has declared a state of emergency on Wednesday for all Georgia counties as Hurricane Florence nears certain parts of the state. The order eases regulations on trucks hauling gasoline and relief supplies into Georgia.

Another one added: 'Is that a hurricane off your coast of is it just happy to be there...'

But his partner, Emily Whisler, said she will stay at the university where she is a resident in the psychiatry program. But despite that, bad things can happen when you're talking about a storm this size.

At 11 a.m., the storm was centered 485 miles (785 kilometers) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving at 15 mph (24 kph).

By late Wednesday, authorities in North Carolina reported almost 7,000 evacuees staying in 71 emergency shelters throughout the state.

The coastal surge from Florence could leave the eastern tip of North Carolina under more than 3 metres of water in spots, projections showed.

As a result, the coastal Carolinas will suffer more than 24 hours of hurricane-force winds and storm surge, CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said. Continue to monitor the latest National Hurricane Center forecasts, as further changes in the track forecast and associated impacts could occur. Florence has triggered more than 1 million evacuations and expectations of as much as US$27 billion (S$37 billion) in damages. "We have our kits ready", she said Tuesday.

One trusted computer model, the European simulation, predicted more than 45 inches (115 centimeters) in parts of North Carolina.

The latest forecast advisories show the 130 miles per hour storm making landfall early Friday in the Carolinas as a major hurricane but then taking a turn toward the southwest. And then from there, it's going across the area meaning a big flooding threat is in the forecast.

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.

"We got A Pluses for our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida (and did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico, even though an inaccessible island with very poor electricity and a totally incompetent Mayor of San Juan)", he tweeted.

"This storm system has the potential to have catastrophic impact to citizens throughout the east coast region of the United States", the declaration stated.


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