The trend is "exceptionally bad news", said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy, since it "smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge".
She said the momentum the storm has generated on its long trip across the Atlantic won't go away just "because the winds decrease a couple miles an hour".
The National Hurricane Center's best guess was that Florence would blow ashore as early as Friday afternoon around the North Carolina-South Carolina line, then slog its rainy way westward with a potential for catastrophic inland flooding that could swamp homes, businesses and farm fields.
- Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) September 12, 2018Governor Cooper in Kinston today: "We want to continue to send the message that this monster of a storm is not one to ride out".
The National Hurricane Center projects Florence's landfall near the North Carolina-South Carolina border on Saturday morning; however, the storm will be spinning just offshore - stalled out - east of Wilmington, NC for about 36-48 hours before that.
Not a whole lot has changed in the forecast of Hurricane Florence overnight from the National Hurricane Center in terms of impacts, location, and timing.More news: Flood waters rise as Florence pummels Carolinas; at least eight dead
The press release even reminded people to make plans for their pets if they are evacuating. "So since we can't find anything within our means. we've opted to stay". "Its a big one", he said at the White House. It's a kind gesture but doesn't alleviate Browning's fear.
"I've been through hurricanes before but never with kids", she said. "But I think it'll be OK".
It's unclear exactly how many people fled, but more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out.
The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is in charge of disaster response, has come under investigation over his use of government vehicles, Politico reported on Thursday.
More than 10 million people are under a storm watch or warning in Virginia and the Carolinas, where up to 40 inches of rain could fall. "Tens of thousands of structures are expected to be flooded, and many more by rising rivers and creeks".
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Why is he open when the town is mostly evacuated? "Now it might be time for the exam", Baxley said.
He said he usually doesn't make the pizzas himself, but he was on Thursday because "everybody is scared", including most of his staff.
Florence's weakening as it neared the coast created tension between some who left home and authorities who anxious that the storm could still be deadly.
With South Carolinas beach towns now more in the bulls-eye because of the shifting forecast, OH vacationers Chris and Nicole Roland put off their departure from North Myrtle Beach to get the maximum amount of time on the sand.
Authorities have issued evacuation orders for the Outer Banks and the bridge from Kitty Hawks to the mainland was quickly turned into a one-way road off the island to help residents escape the incoming storm. Hurricane Helene is veering toward Europe and newly formed Subtropical Storm Joyce is not expected to threaten land.More news: Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun resigns
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