First Warning Forecast: Hurricane Florence Moving Closer to East Coast

First Warning Forecast: Hurricane Florence Moving Closer to East Coast

Florence's maximum sustained winds were clocked on Thursday at 105 miles per hour (165 kph) after it was downgraded to a Category 2 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the NHC.

The outages were announced just after 11:00 p.m. on Thursday as Hurricane Florence closed in on the coast.

Duke Energy said it would close a pair of nuclear power reactors at its Brunswick plant on the Cape Fear River, about four miles from Southport, N.C. The company said its procedures required closing the plants when facing sustained 75 mph winds, even though the plants were created to withstand winds of more than 200 mph and a storm surge of 22 feet. The winds from Florence have decreased a bit, now at category two level (below major status).

Those officials, who are trained to work at this capacity, will be monitoring the storm and helping to answer emergency calls and coordinating response efforts before, during and after the storm, he said.

Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order on Monday to close public schools in 26 counties, including Sumter, Lee and Clarendon, so facilities and buses could be used for shelters and evacuation transportation. "I've never been one to leave for a storm but this one kind of had me spooked". A Category 5 hurricane (which means winds of 157 miles per hour or higher) is more likely to destroy a building, but heavier rainfall makes it easier to drown in that building.

Panovich: The thing about hurricanes is the number one killer is storm surge and water.

Given that the forward speed of Florence will slow to a crawl today and tonight, coastal areas in the Carolinas will have to withstand these destructive winds for a very long period of time.

Officials pleaded with residents across the Carolinas to treat the storm as a deadly threat.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned against complacency.

The center of Florence is expected to approach the coasts of the Carolinas today and move over the coast of southern North Carolina and eastern SC tonight and Friday.

As Florence drew near, President Donald Trump tweeted that FEMA and first responders are "supplied and ready", and he disputed the official conclusion that almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico, claiming the figure was a Democratic plot to make him look bad.

With forecasters anxious about a repeat of Hurricane Harvey, which inundated Houston with floodwater past year, NHC Director Ken Graham explained to the Associated Press: "It truly is really about the whole size of this storm". The federal response was especially criticized following Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, which even a year later is still struggling to restore even basic services.

Sea water was already surging ashore along the Outer Banks, washing over roads. "Inland flooding kills a lot of people, unfortunately, and that's what we're about to see", he said. The damage is much more widespread-and while Florence's main targets appear to be the Carolinas, the storm could bring flooding to parts of Georgia and Virginia as well. "And you don't need power to sling booze", said owner Eli Ellsworth.

At least 280,000 people are already without power as the outskirts of the storm lashed North and SC, and Virginia. "And since we have three dogs and three parrots, they're requesting us to purchase two to six rooms". From east to west, the community is less than a dozen blocks deep, with the Atlantic on one side and the Cape Fear River on the other.