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Tropical cyclones Florence and Mangkhut pose threats - Philippines

Tropical cyclones Florence and Mangkhut pose threats - Philippines

That's because the weather systems that push and pull a storm disappear as Florence nears land around the border between North and SC.

At 2300 EDT (0300 GMT), the NHC said Florence had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 km), and was slowly drifting westward over SC.

For 62 years, Robert Faircloth has lived in Wilmington, North Carolina.

The storm was heading for the coast of the two states but heavy rain was also expected in Virginia to the north and Georgia to the south.

They don't retire the name of every hurricane - and there's already a buzz that Florence will join the likes of Hazel (1954), Hugo (1989), Fran (1996) and Isabel (2003), the four most destructive hurricanes to strike the southeastern United States.

As of 2:00 am, the eye of the storm was 235 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving northwest at 17 mph.

USA weather authorities say that as of Wednesday night, local time, Hurricane Florence was moving northwest over the Atlantic and is expected to hit North Carolina on Friday afternoon.

Millions of people were expected to lose power from the storm and restoration could take weeks.




In Fayetteville, a North Carolina city of about 210,000 people about 90 miles inland, authorities told thousands of residents near the Cape Fear River and Little River to get out of their homes by Sunday afternoon because of the flood risk. The National Hurricane Center is calling for 20 to 30 inches (50 to 75 centimeters) of rain in North Carolina, with spots up to 40 inches (100 centimeters). "The rainfall has been and continues to be a very substantial threat over the entire area".

"We are. coordinating closely with state and local officials to help ensure the safety of our employees and our property prior to the storm's landfall", CSX spokesman Christopher Smith said.

The eastbound lanes of several major highways have been shut to allow traffic to flow inland, but the exodus was slow along roads jammed with outward-bound vehicles. "There's nobody left to work".

"It was pitch black and I was just scared out of my mind", said Tracy Singleton, who with her family later drove through torrential rain and high winds from her home near New Bern. "The building's solid and Buddha will protect us". "You can't stop Mother Nature".

"Everything is packed", Espinoza said. "I've gotten triple the amount of calls".

A shuttered coffee house is seen on the Myrtle Beach Board Walk in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Nurse Barbara Mack was using a small shovel to fill sandbags at a public works facility in Charleston, but she saw a silver lining in the hurricane preparations.

In Virginia, 245,000 coastal residents were ordered to evacuate. Hurricane Helene and Subtropical Storm Joyce were off in the Atlantic, posing no threat.


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