Astronaut takes photo showing power of Hurricane Florence from space

First Warning Forecast Florence Moving Closer

First Warning Forecast Florence Moving Closer

The South Carolina Department of Corrections says some prisoners were moved in a Pee Dee facility ahead of Florence's approach toward the coast.

The NHC said the first tropical storm-force winds of at least 39 miles per hour (63 kph) would hit the region early on Thursday with the storm's center reaching the coast Friday.

Authorities in neighboring North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination, and parts of coastal Dare County. Its trajectory showed its center most likely to strike the southern coast of North Carolina by late Thursday or early Friday, the National Hurricane Center said.

The NHC said Florence went ashore near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, at 7:15 a.m. EDT with estimated maximum winds of 90 miles per hour.

He said: "Hurricanes are not increasing in numbers overall, but the number of more powerful - and therefore more destructive - storms is increasing". After Florence's rain starts to fall this week, he said, the rainfall could continue through Monday.

At 2 p.m. EDT, Florence, weakening as it moves inland at 5 mph, was 35 miles west-southwest of Wilmington and 35 miles east-northeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, packing sustained hurricane-force winds of 75 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

Updated NHC forecasts showed the storm lingering near the coast of the Carolinas, carrying days of heavy rains that could bring intense inland flooding from SC to Virginia.

A state of emergency has been declared in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington amid concern over potential torrential rain and flooding. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal followed suit on Wednesday.

There has been a dramatic change in the projected path of the first hurricane of the season expected to make landfall on the United States.

Tropical disturbance Invest 95L as of Wednesday morning.

The center said the water level could hit from 7 to 10 feet from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout, North Carolina, and from 6 to 9 feet from Cape Lookout to Ocracoke Inlet.

New Hanover County issued a voluntary evacuation order for all its residents and a mandatory evacuation notice for Carolina and Kure beaches.Nearby Brunswick County issued a mandatory evacuation order for all residents in unincorporated areas that are low-lying or flood-prone or those living in mobile homes or substandard homes in unincorporated areas.Around Charlotte, N.C., residents were clearing shelves of supplies, but grocery stores were continually restocking essential items, like water, batteries and toilet paper.

More than 60 people, including an infant, children and their pets, were rescued from a collapsing hotel in Jacksonville, North Carolina, at the height of the storm, according to the Associated Press.

Liberty Mutual Insurance and Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company write the most commercial property insurance coverage in North and SC, according to a report on Wednesday by Moody's, citing data from SNL Financial. In North Carolina, Cooper says, "2,800 soldiers will be on active duty, joined by even more on standby". The game, originally scheduled for Saturday night, will be played at 4 p.m.at North Carolina.

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In Charleston, the city government said that after giving out 53,000 sandbags, "there is no longer any sand available at any city of Charleston location".

For anyone needing a place to stay to escape the hurricane, both North Carolina and SC are updating their lists of emergency shelters.

With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the East Coast, is it time for a radical rethink on what it means to be prepared? As of 8 a.m., the hurricane is predicted to make landfall along the coast of the Carolinas tomorrow (Sept. 14), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center.

Satellite images show the storm has maintained a distinct eye and is well organized.

Of these, Hurricane Florence is the most unsafe, registering wind speeds of 130mph with higher gusts.

Richmond has moved its scheduled home football game this week against St. Francis to the Red Flash's field in Pennsylvania because of Hurricane Florence.

The slow movement, combined with the massive amount of moisture this storm holds, will bring unsafe rains - from 20 to 30 inches in coastal North Carolina and 40 inches possible in isolated areas, the weather service says.

Parts of North and SC were forecast to get as much as 40 inches of rain (1 metre).

Hurricane conditions will likely hit on Friday, but tropical storm conditions will arrive on Thursday, according to the hurricane center.

"Some strengthening is forecast through tonight".

Storm surge of up to 13 feet is also likely across portions of NC. "It goes well inland".

Jeff Byard of the Federal Emergency Management Agency invoked a former boxing champion to warn residents that Florence would bring "a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast".

"Bad things can happen when you're talking about a storm this size", Trump said Wednesday morning.

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