Hurricane Florence: What storm surge could look like on East Coast

Hurricane Florence: What storm surge could look like on East Coast

Florence's winds had dropped from a peak of 225 kph to 165 kph by midmorning, reducing the hurricane from a Category 4 to a Category 2.

The Miami-based center says the center of the eye moved ashore with top sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (150 kph), making Florence a Category 1 hurricane in terms of wind intensity.

Computer simulations - especially the often star-performing European model - push the storm further south, even into SC and Georgia.

Despite the drop in maximum sustained winds, forecasters stress that this hurricane is not to be taken lightly.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety said they will begin to close the reverted routes on I-26 at 6 p.m. Thursday.

"For context, we typically see 1-2 snow storms per year that net between 3,000 and 5,000 cancellations each" for flights in the United States, Orsi said.

Florence's eye could come ashore early Friday around the North Carolina-South Carolina line. It will then move along the "spine of the Appalachians".

Storm to be "exceptionally bad news" if it hovers offshore Usually when a storm approaches the coast, forecasters can tell with ever-increasing accuracy who will get walloped.

THE life-threatening hurricane, Florence, is expected to hover the Carolinas in the U.S. with torrential rains, high winds and massive coastal erosion. Some roads were already impassable in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

"The time to prepare is nearly over", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a morning news conference.

"There is going to be a lot of rain". The rainfall will produce life-threatening flash flooding in Virginia and the Carolinas. "There is probably not a county or a person that will not be affected in some way by this very massive and violent storm". Florence's flooding is expected to reach far inland, with more than one foot (30 centimeters) expected in some areas.

A state of emergency has been declared North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland and residents race to evacuate areas at high risk of devastation.

Hurricane Florence, still a potentially deadly Category 2 hurricane, continued its destructive path for the Carolinas on Thursday and was expected to make landfall sometime between Thursday evening and Friday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. The warning also includes Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, large bodies of water in North Carolina that could also see significant flooding.

Hours before a mandatory evacuation took effect, Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, resident Phoebe Tesh paused while loading her vehicle to have a glass of wine on the steps of the house where she and her husband rent an apartment.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for north of Duck, NC, to Cape Charles Light, VA, for Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort, and for Edisto Beach, SC, to South Santee River, SC. The storm was moving northwest at 12 miles per hour.

The hurricane is predicted to bring up to 40 inches of rain and 13 feet of storm surge.

The full impact of the storm surge on the coast will depend on whether the storm's arrival coincides with high tide.

Florence was moving west-southwest at about 5 miles per hour (7 km/h), with its centre located over eastern SC.

Tropical Storm Isaac is also moving westward across the eastern Caribbean.

Weather Underground meteorology director Jeff Masters said Florence eventually could strike as a Category 1 with winds less than 160km/h, but that's still enough to cause at least $1 billion in damage.