'Life-Threatening' Hurricane Florence Closes In On US East Coast

The firm's prediction for Florence, which is packing 130-mile-per-hour winds, is that it will now move more slowly, reaching land sometime on Saturday as cooler water temperatures delay its progress westward.

The amount of rain expected has been growing daily since Monday, says the National Hurricane Center.

To ease the heavy traffic leaving the coast, SC reversed freeways lanes to allow traffic to flow away from the coming storm.

The category 4 storm carrying maximum sustained winds of 215 km/h would probably strike the southern coast of North Carolina by late Thursday or early Friday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

"The governor said that North Carolina is the bull's eye of this hurricane", Larry Wooten, president of the North Carolina Farm Bureau, said in an interview.

- Hurricane Florence continues to gain strength while steadily making its way toward the East Coast. "If we try to leave, we'll just get stuck in the rain", she said.

Once the storm makes landfall, the threats are far from over.

A Hurricane Warning from Duck, North Carolina south into SC, including Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. It was a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm but was expected to keep drawing energy from the warm water and intensify to near Category 5, which means winds of 157 miles per hour or higher.

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Forecasters are predicting that Florence will make landfall in the Carolinas late Thursday or early Friday as a still powerful Category 3 hurricane. "There will be flooding in inland areas as well".

Hurricane warnings have been issued by the U.S. National Hurricane Center for portions of SC and North Carolina due to Hurricane Florence, according to the agency's 5 p.m. update on September 11, 2018. "We are totally prepared", Trump said at the White House.

Now located around 530miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, Florence is expected to make land on Thursday or Friday this week.

Inmates at MacDougall did not evacuate during Hurricane Hugo, a Category 4 storm, and the prison "didn't have any structural damages", Lee said.

North Carolina is the country's leading producer of tobacco, second-biggest producer of hogs and a major poultry producer.

Parts of North Carolina could get 20 inches of rain, if not more, with as much as 10 inches elsewhere in the state and in Virginia, parts of Maryland and Washington, D.C. All of those, however, made landfall south of where Florence is predicted to hit, and Florence's wind speeds are predicted to be higher than those four storms.

A hurricane watch is in effect for Edisto Beach, South Carolina to South Santee River, South Carolina and North of Duck, North Carolina to the North Carolina-Virginia border.

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