Hurricane Florence Makes Its Way Toward North Carolina

Hurricane Florence Makes Its Way Toward North Carolina

Its expected sluggishness is becoming more common, possibly a result of climate change, said National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration climate scientist and hurricane expert Jim Kossin. If the storm continues at its current pace, it could be the strongest hurricane to reach the Carolinas in the last 30 years. Chris Pack, a spokesman for the group, said it was airing ads on the channel aimed at viewers in Tennessee, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Nevada and West Virginia, all key races in the increasingly tight battle for control of the Senate.

"This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast", the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C., said, "and that's saying a lot given the impacts we've seen from hurricanes Diana, Hugo, Fran, Bonnie, Floyd, and Matthew". "Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other unsafe conditions", the hurricane center briefing said.

A storm covering an enormous area, to drench and lash more people.

The storm's winds may have weakened in recent days - they are now at 110mph (175km/h) - but there are fears Florence's slow-moving nature could bring different problems.

Schools and businesses closed as far south as Georgia, airlines cancelled more than 1,500 flights, and coastal towns in the Carolinas were largely emptied out.

In Sea Breeze, Roslyn Fleming, 56, made a video of the inlet where her granddaughter was baptised because "I just don't think a lot of this is going to be here" after the storm, she told Reuters news agency. "You can't stop Mother Nature". Forecasters are predicting as much as 40in of rain in some localized areas. That's enough water to fill the Empire State Building almost 40,000 times.

By way of computer modeling, Duke Energy anticipates between 1 and 3 million customers in the Carolinas to lose power in addition to those Dominion serves in Virginia.

"Hurricane Sandy did a tremendous amount of damage", Kourounis said.

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"You've got to live somewhere", she said. "Whether you have a house or not, when the storm comes it will bring everyone together. A storm can come and wipe your house out overnight".

Scientists said it is too soon to say what role, if any, global warming played in the storm.

Florence has forced people to cut their holidays short along the coast, while the storm's projected path includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous pig farms that store animal waste in huge lagoons.

Frustrated after evacuating his beach home for a storm that was later downgraded, retired nurse Frederick Fisher grumbled in the lobby of a Wilmington hotel several miles inland.

"We thought it was going to be easy [to forecast]", Kourounis said.

The Wades on Thursday were checking in with some of the families whose homes they've helped rehabilitate before weathering out the storm in Lumberton themselves.

Authorities pushed back against any suggestion the storm's threat was exaggerated. And while she hadn't thought about what she'll do if Hurricane Florence floods her neighborhood again, Hardin's here to stay.

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