Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

When will Hurricane Florence hit?

When will Hurricane Florence hit?

- A nationally renowned hurricane expert compares Hurricane Florence with some of the worst disasters in North Carolina's history.

Forecasters have said that if it lingers over the region, several feet of rain might fall. "This is not just a coastal event".

"On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas through Wednesday and approach the coast of North Carolina or SC on Thursday". That prediction shows Florence stalling out and looping over or near the North Carolina coastline, which would bring tremendous amounts of rain and potential flooding. Charles Mullen, 81, a longtime resident of Hatteras Island, North Carolina, said he had ridden out many storms and that most locals were planning to stay unless Florence took aim at Hatteras.

"With time, the wind pushes the water into every nook and cranny you can think of". "All you have to do is look up at your ceiling, and think about 12ft [of water]".

"It's an extremely risky, life-threatening, historic hurricane".

"If you are now under an evacuation order, we strongly urge you to be cognizant, heed the warning and evacuate", Byard said.

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Some ships will stay behind because they're undergoing maintenance and may be tied down with additional mooring and storm lines. He's also asked President Donald Trump for a disaster declaration so the state can get federal help as quickly as possible.

Coastal areas are likely to experience storm surges and the hurricane may dump heavy rains across the entire mid-Atlantic region, causing unsafe floods.

"Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE!"

Adding that President Donald Trump needs to declare a federal disaster.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has told locals "don't bet your life on riding out a monster" as 140mph winds get set to batter the shoreline, with SC and Virginia also braced for impact.

North and SC and Virginia ordered mass evacuations along the coast. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas.

Floyd caused similar problems when its torrential rains inundated much of eastern North Carolina in 1999.

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On Tuesday, Washington D.C.'s mayor, Muriel Bowser, declared a state of emergency in the District ahead of the hurricane, effective immediately.

"Also, looking like a direct hit on North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia".

In addition to thousands of homes and businesses, five military bases and half a dozen nuclear power plants are also in the path of the storm. "We are taking Hurricane Florence seriously".

Preparations for Florence were intensifying up and down the densely populated coast. For example, the seas off of Wilmington, North Carolina have risen 7.5 inches since 1935, according to NOAA.

"I must confess I like the atmosphere around it", he said, looking out over the Atlantic. "This is the craziest one". A hurricane watch is in effect for a part of this area. Roberts said he's telling them to get out of town.

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