Emiratis in United States warned as Hurricane Florence approaches east coast

Emiratis in US warned as Hurricane Florence approaches east coast

Emiratis in US warned as Hurricane Florence approaches east coast

This way, if your home loses power during the hurricane, when you return home you'll be able to gauge whether or not the food in your refrigerator is still good.

Duke Energy has around 4 million customers in North and SC, and says it could take several weeks to restore the electricity.

Hurricane Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks, as the hulking storm closed in with 90 miles per hour (135 kph) winds for a drenching siege that could last all weekend.

Hurricane and storm surge warnings are in place from South Santee River, South Carolina, to Duck, North Carolina.

While Florence is no longer considered a major hurricane, its reach has expanded, threatening residents from Georgia to Virginia.

He added that half of fatalities during hurricanes are caused by storm surges, and another quarter of deaths are due to inland rains and flooding.

Florence is now churning through the Atlantic, only a few hundred miles off the coast of Wilmington, N.C.

Forecasters say the storm is likely to remain constant in strength, weakening only after the center of the storm moves inland.

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According to the NHC forecast at 5 p.m. on September 12, the storm is forecast to slow down near the coast of North and SC before it passes over the states and into Georgia.

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. Reacting to the possibility of a more southerly track, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared an emergency but did not immediately order any evacuations. The Wilmington area can now expect 9-to-13-foot storm surges if Florence's peak impact coincides with high tide, Brunswick County coastal areas west of Southport can expect 6-to-9-foot surges.

"Finally I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence". Spokesman Howard Fowler said restoration could take "weeks instead of days", even though 20,000 workers, including crews from outside the area, were standing by. But it could have been worse: Labor Day marked the end of the peak tourism season in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and other coastal getaways.

Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. It's called Mother Nature.

"I've been through hurricanes before but never with kids", she said. "If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have minded staying here".

SC ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents while North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination.

Florence is being trailed in the Atlantic by two other storms - Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac.

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