Hurricane Florence's rainfall could be 'catastrophic,' scientist says

Lead Nick Valencia on Florence evacuation live Jake Tapper _00003903

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- Hurricane Florence has slightly weakened to 125 miles per hour Wednesday afternoon.

As of Tuesday, about 1.7 million people in North and SC and Virginia were under warnings to evacuate the coast, and hurricane watches and warnings extended across an area with about 5.4 million residents. Storm surge warnings indicate a danger of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the coastline during the coming 36 hours.

Yesterday (Sept. 10), as Florence drew closer to the coastal USA, the hurricane's eye reorganized, a process known as an eye-wall-replacement cycle, Stewart explained. "We can't know for certain the amount of damage the storm will inflict, but the sensible decision at this time is to not play the game".

"The current forecast for both the impact and aftermath of the hurricane would require those officials to divert critical resources from what could be much more significant duties", UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement.

Mayor Joe Benson said the storm will batter the oceanside town through two high tide periods. "Don't plan to leave once the winds and rains start".

In addition to wind-driven storm surges of seawater, Florence could dump up to 89cm in some spots as it moves inland, forecasters said. "Now it might be time for the exam", he said.

Hurricane Florence's eye wall has grown since yesterday, now measuring approximately 35 to 40 miles (48 to 56 kilometers) in diameter, according to a report issued this morning (Sept. 11) by the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

In South Carolina, traffic along parts of Interstate 26 and USA 501 has been directed away from the coast.

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"I'm not sure it's fair to say this will be worse than Harvey, but there are definitely similarities in the model guidance", Ventrice added.

Officials said traffic was moving well Wednesday though there have been two minor accidents in lanes where cars were traveling in the opposite direction from normal.

President Donald Trump has declared of State of Emergency in both North and SC, in anticipation of damage done by Hurricane Florence.

People weren't the only ones evacuating.

Reacting to the possibility of a more southerly track, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared an emergency but did not immediately order any evacuations.

Trump also tweeted about Florence and the Carolinas after being briefed on the storm on Monday.

Their entire neighborhood evacuated in Wilmington, North Carolina, David and Janelle Garrigus planned to ride out Florence at their daughter's one-bedroom apartment in Charlotte.

NHC forecasts showed the effects of Florence would be widely felt, with tropical storm-force winds extending almost 300 miles across three states. In South Carolina, Beaufort County Emergency Management Division Commander Neil Baxley told residents they need to prepare again for the worst just in case.

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