Here's what the DC region can expect from Hurricane Florence

Just as Hurricane Florence closes in on the Southeast, the area covered by hurricane-force winds has doubled - meaning far more people will get blasted with winds 74 miles per hour or greater. "We have a day off. Let's get drunk!'" Jordan Berry, the barman at a local sports bar, told the site.

North Carolina and SC are bracing for the onslaught, which could bring storm surges as high as nine feet and rainfall of as much as 40 inches in some areas.

Hurricane Florence has decreased in speed and is now a Category 2 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center announced shortly before midnight Wednesday. Older homes and less-reinforced homes will sustain some wind damage as well. "What we will get are the remnants of the tropical storm".

According to Ryan Maue, a meterologist at weather.us, around 10 trillion gallons of water may be dumped on the area, which may lead to rivers overflowing and causing life-threatening floods. That's enough to fill more than 15 million Olympic-size swimming pools. The projected path shows the storm moving from near Wilmington, North Carolina to near Columbia, South Carolina.

"It's cumulative damage", Myers said.

Terrifying as the situation is (I am regularly checking on my folks, who abandoned Charleston for the highlands of North Carolina), there is a silver lining. "There are approximately 800 line workers and tree personnel actively engaged in storm response preparations". As the storm moves inland, Georgia, Virginia, and Maryland will also be in peril.

The centre of Florence, which is no longer classified as a major hurricane but still posing a grave threat to life and property, is expected to strike North Carolina's southern coast on Friday.

Hurricane Florence, they found, will grow about 50 miles (80 kilometers) larger and will dump 50 percent more rain over a period from September 11 to September 16 than it would have in a world before climate change. More than 1 million people had been ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia and thousands moved to emergency shelters, officials said. "You feel like you should have already left". Regardless of whether a system forms, they say heavy rain and gusty winds are likely along the Texas and Louisiana coast later this week.

Up to 40 inches of rain could fall in North Carolina.

"Even the rescuers can not stay there", he said.

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In Carolina Beach, authorities have stopped allowing traffic to the island via the only bridge between the island and the mainland.

"In 12 or 18 hours, they may be saying different things all over again", he said. Officials have warned the few that stayed behind of the dangers ahead.

The storm would be expected to die out by Wednesday, Ms Smith said.

Waves 83 feet high were measured near the eye of Florence, according to a tweet from the National Hurricane Center.

"You're going to have damaging winds for a longer period of time", senior hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart said in an update from the NHC. "Flooding is nearly guaranteed".

Even miles away from the Atlantic, North Carolina residents in low-lying areas are boarding up and emptying stores. She packed up what she could and took a ferry.

"I said, 'Why get on the road like this?"

Marshall: You mentioned some hefty winds here in the Charlotte area.

If you're in the path of this storm, get out of it. Pack your stuff into the attic and your vehicle, grab the preferred kids, pets, and spouse, and head inland. "I've never been one to leave for a storm but this one kind of had me spooked". Hurricane Helene is veering toward Europe.

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