Hurricane Florence: Latest NOAA Updates from NHC (Sept. 13)

Hurricane Florence: Latest NOAA Updates from NHC (Sept. 13)

Authorities are warning USA coastal residents in the path of Hurricane Florence to evacuate now or be at the mercy of the Category 3 storm, which is expected to slow upon hitting the coast of the Carolinas on Thursday and ravage the region with storm surge, rainfall, and flooding.

Florence is expected to strike North Carolina's coast on Friday, then drift southwest before moving inland on Saturday, according to Miami's National Hurricane Center (NHC). On the forecast track, the center of Florence will approach the coasts of North and SC later today, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and northeastern SC in the hurricane warning area tonight and Friday.

The hurricane centre's best estimate was that Florence's eye would blow ashore as early as early Friday around the North Carolina-South Carolina line.

Florence is expected to go move slowly as it approaches North and SC, whipping hurricane-force winds and dumping relentless rain at least through Saturday.

First Warn forecaster Larry Sprinkle says Hurricane Florence will likely make landfall near Wilmington, North Carolina as a Category 2 hurricane early Friday morning, possibly around 2 a.m.

About 10 million people live in areas that were under either hurricane or tropical storm warnings and watches Thursday.

The National Hurricane Center warns that water levels are rising along portions of the North Carolina coast.

The American government is ready to deal with the aftermath of the hurricane but people should get out of the way, Trump said.

The team, made up of seven guardsmen from Huntington, are traveling with 14 others to Sampson, Columbus, and Robinson Counties in North Carolina. Highway 12 in the Outer Banks and some roads in Southeastern North Carolina have already seen flooding. Airlines canceled almost 1,000 flights and counting.

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"We expect those numbers to rise significantly over the next 24 hours, as the storm approaches and airlines finalize their operations plans", said Sara Orsi, a spokesperson for FlightAware.

Cooper and South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster told more than 1 million people who were directed to leave that if they don't evacuate, no one will come to save them.

Body surfer Andrew Vanotteren, of Savannah, Georgia, crashes into waves in the surf bolstered by the incoming Hurricane Florence on the south beach of Tybee Island, Georgia. Forecasters worry the storm's damage will be worse if it lingers on the coast.

More than 1 million people have been ordered to evacuate and authorities urged them to get going before the streets become inundated.

"We have a lot of assets available", White said.

Duke Energy Corp, the biggest utility in the area with over 4 million customers, estimated the storm could cause between 1 million to 3 million outages.

"We hope to have something left when we get home", she said.

As Florence drew near, President Donald Trump tweeted that FEMA and first responders are "supplied and ready", and he disputed the official conclusion that almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico, claiming the figure was a Democratic plot to make him look bad.

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