by | September 13, 2018 | 14:02

He said the federal government is "absolutely, totally prepared" for Florence. Asked by a reporter what he would advise for those who are hesitating to depart areas where people have been requested to evacuate their homes, the president replied: "That's very risky".

by | September 13, 2018 | 12:56

Rick Scott announced that the state will deploy resources to assist those affected in North and SC. "We've never had to evacuate", said the lifelong North Carolinian. Even normal water is warm enough for a storm to form there, but this adds to the storm's fuel and its rainfall. Air Canada and Alaska Airlines have canceled their flights in and out of RDU on Thursday, but had not made any announcements about Friday as of 9 p.m.

by | September 13, 2018 | 12:12

The centre of Florence, a slow-moving Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, is expected to strike North Carolina late Thursday or early Friday and could drift southwest along the coast before turning inland, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

by | September 13, 2018 | 07:40

Florence's large size - tropical storm force winds extend 170 miles from the center in all directions - means its fury will arrive long before the center of the storm comes ashore, Graham said. "We will experience power outages, we will have infrastructure damage, there will be homes damaged, there will be debris on the roads - this will be a storm that creates and causes massive damage to our country", announced Jeffrey Byard, Response and Recovery administrator for FEMA.

by | September 13, 2018 | 07:10

The NHC stressed, however, that while a slow weakening is expected over the next 24 hours "Florence is still forecast to be an extremely risky major hurricane when it nears the United States coast late Thursday and Friday". It is predicted to stall even more off the coast of the Carolinas before scraping down the USA east coast and moving inland before the weekend. The eastbound lanes of several major highways have been shut to allow traffic to flow inland, but the exodus was slow along ...

by | September 13, 2018 | 02:26

He posted this image to Twitter on September 12, 2018. As more than a million Americans living on coastal areas prepare for evacuation to flee from the destructive path of Hurricane Florence, the astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS ) are keeping an eye on the Category 4 storm from their unique vantage point 250 miles (400 kilometers) above our planet.

by | September 13, 2018 | 00:55

While it may or may not officially become a Category 5 storm , it will still be a major Hurricane at landfall . Astonishing winds aren't the biggest danger. Forecasts predict as much as 20 inches of rain in some places but one computer model warned there could be up to 45 inches, almost four feet. The problem is, much of the Carolinas are already saturated from rainfall.

by | September 12, 2018 | 23:56

National Hurricane Center (NHC) for portions of SC and North Carolina due to Hurricane Florence , according to the agency's 5 p.m. update on September 11. The pivot in the forecasted track of Florence led Georgia's governor to declare a state of emergency for all 159 counties, home to 10.5 million people.

by | September 12, 2018 | 23:26

The storm strengthened from 130 miles per hour to 140 miles per hour and is Category 4, the NHC said. Geography, tide-cycle and wind direction are all factors in how severe storm surge could be, Miller said. Almost 1000 prisoners in SC will not be moved from their cells, despite a mandatory evacuation order in the area. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has confirmed that a storm surge is when there is a danger of "life-threatening inundation" from water moving ...

by | September 12, 2018 | 21:28

As Florence bounces along the southeastern coastal states, rain totals are expected to rise. Hurricane Florence as seen from the International Space Station on Monday, Sept. " Storm surge watches are in effect in these areas - hurricane watches are in effect for coastal South Carolina , North Carolina". Massive waves from the hurricane will make the rush of water even more risky and damaging, the National Hurricane Center warned.

by | September 12, 2018 | 20:24

A warm ocean is the fuel that powers hurricanes, and Florence will be moving over waters where temperatures are peaking near 30 Celsius. The silver lining is that the winds won't be as strong as they would be if the storm just barreled toward the coastline.

by | September 12, 2018 | 18:57

Looking at the models late Tuesday, Cantore said Florence is still laced with uncertainty. "This is not just a coastal event". The storm, which is poised to affect millions this week in the southeastern US, is "expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall" to North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia , and parts of the Mid-Atlantic states, the National Hurricane Center (NHC ) said.

by | September 12, 2018 | 17:52

A crowdfunding campaign has raised over $1 million as of Tuesday for the opponent of Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, if she votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, a move she likened to bribery. "I think it demonstrates the new lows to which the judge's opponents have stooped". Most of the pledges in the "Be A Hero" campaign are small donations.

by | September 12, 2018 | 17:35

In a majority of storms, excessive rainfall that leads to drownings is the leading cause of death. Warmer than normal sea temperatures to add energy and rain to a storm. President Donald Trump declared states of emergency for North and SC and Virginia, opening the way for federal aid. "Emergency management resources are expected to be fully utilized and needed throughout the region, and today's decision will help give ample time to deploy those resources across the state", NC State said.

by | September 12, 2018 | 16:42

Arrival: Florence's landfall is expected late Thursday night or Friday morning. Hurricanes produce three major kinds of threats: storm surge , damaging winds, and inland flooding from rainfall . Cooper and his counterparts in neighboring SC and Virginia ordered about 1 million people to evacuate coastal homes, including along the Outer Banks barrier islands.

by | September 12, 2018 | 13:35

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned that this would be a grave mistake and said people in evacuation zones "need to get out now". The US Coast Guard closed ports in Wilmington and Morehead City, North Carolina and Hampton Roads, Virginia to inbound vessels greater than 500 tonnes and was requiring vessels of that size to leave if they did not have permission to be in the ports.

by | September 12, 2018 | 11:33

To whip up a monstrous storm like the one chugging for the Carolinas you need a handful of ingredients - and Florence has them all. The watch "means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours", the Hurricane Center said .

by | September 12, 2018 | 08:55

ET on Monday. Unfortunately for us mere mortals watching it unfold at home, the video feed onboard the first stage cut out just as it landed. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched a communications satellite into orbit Monday before completing a drone ship landing in the Atlantic Ocean.

by | September 12, 2018 | 06:14

Hurricane Florence intensified to a Category 4 hurricane on Monday as it barreled towards the US East Coast , where millions of people are bracing for potentially devastating winds and water later this week. As three powerful storms march one by one across the Atlantic Ocean toward the U.S. East Coast and the Caribbean, a fourth is getting ready to roll over the Hawaiian Islands.

by | September 12, 2018 | 03:53

Florence, now a Category 4 storm on the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, could approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday. Florence is approximately 410 miles south of Bermuda and 975 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, as of 5 a.m.