Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

States Prepare for ‘Storm of a Lifetime’ as Hurricane Florence Looms

States Prepare for ‘Storm of a Lifetime’ as Hurricane Florence Looms

Meteorologist Sandy LaCorte said the 11 a.m. forecast did not change much from the one six hours prior, and that the track takes the unsafe storm right through the heart of SC.

The National Weather Service said Hurricane Florence "will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast". "It's a big one".

President Donald Trump is preparing to travel to areas affected by Florence next week.

The News & Observer reports that the storm's path shifted early Wednesday and it is now bearing down on southern North Carolina and northern SC, where it could dump up to 40 inches of rain in places.

The storm came ashore early Friday as a Category 1 Hurricane., pounding the state with torrential rain and high winds. But the change was probably temporary and didn't do anything to lessen the danger, said Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

North Carolina farms are moving livestock to safety.

While some of the computer forecasting models conflicted, the latest projections more or less showed the storm shifting southward and westward in a way that suddenly put more of SC in danger and imperiled Georgia, too.

Tropical Storm Florence dumped "epic" amounts of rain on North and SC as it trudged inland on Saturday, knocking out power and causing at least eight deaths as flood waters that have devastated many communities kept rising.

A hurricane warning - meaning hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours - is in effect for a long stretch of the coast, from the South Santee River in SC to Duck, N.C., which is part of the Outer Banks.

Col. Glenn McNeill with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said troopers are on standby statewide to assist where needed.

"Every county and every person in North Carolina needs to stay alert and take this storm seriously", Cooper said.

And when Florence does get to the Queen City, she's going to bring plenty of rain over several days. Duke Energy spokesman Ryan Mosier said operators would begin shutting down nuclear plants at least two hours before hurricane-force winds arrive. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says more than 16 inches of rain have fallen at locations in southeast North Carolina and another 20 to 25 inches is on the way. We know how to manage expectations.

"It's about rain, rain, rain", he said. But that part of the East Coast rarely sees major hurricanes.

We are only halfway through the Atlantic hurricane season, and the tropics have become much more active since August, so this may not be the last storm we see this year.

Based on the current forecast track, here is what to expect...

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