Hurricane Florence could flood thousands of buildings.
High tides and increasing sea levels from climate change can magnify the effects of storm surge, and surge doesn't necessarily weaken in step with wind speeds.
It diminished from hurricane force as it came ashore, but forecasters said the 350-mile-wide storm's slow progress across North and SC could leave much of the region under water in the coming days. The center is slowing down and is expected to stall and perhaps wander around just off shore on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The storm has a wide reach, too. "I've never seen anything like this". "This is just a odd bird".
"I'm not going to put our personnel in harm's way, especially for people that we've already told to evacuate", Wrightsville Beach police chief Dan House said.
Row upon row of empty shelves are visible in CNN news footage, as residents threatened by mega-storm Hurricane Florence stockpile essentials including food, water and batteries.
"We can not underestimate this storm".
Dolphins swimming in flood water caused by Hurricane Florence
Numerous calls are from residents who are trapped in their homes, some of whom reported floodwater rising up to the second floor. Charlotte and Asheville in North Carolina, and Roanoke, Virginia, could also be in for heavy rains as Florence plods inland.
Hurricane Florence deserves all the names it's being called as it threatens to cause historic flooding, blow catastrophic winds and idle for days over the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic. Christy Hall said that when the I-26 lane reversal begins to be dismantled Thursday evening at 6 p.m., that should not be viewed as an indication the mandatory evacuation has been lifted.
Director Ken Graham says there is nothing "minor" about this hurricane. Forecasts show those currents giving Florence no sense of direction in a day or so.
Long said the danger was not only along the coast.
Florence is headed straight for some of the most well-known military bases in the country.
Emergency declarations were in force in Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. The hurricane center also adjusted its projected track, but kept it north of what most computer models were showing, to provide some continuity with past forecasts. "So many weird/outlandish solutions - but that's what happens when the steering currents collapse".
Hurricane Florence has weakened to a Category 2 storm as it approaches landfall in the U.S. - but it is very slow moving and could linger the coastline bringing catastrophic flooding and heavy losses to insurers. "The rainfall has been and continues to be a very substantial threat over the entire area".
Tesh, who works in information technology for UNC-Wilmington, said she and her husband have been ferrying valuables to her parents' house on the mainland in Wilmington, where they planned to ride out the storm. Tropical Storm Olivia has made landfall in the Hawaiian islands, the Philippines are bracing for the powerful typhoon Mangkhut, and Tropical Storm Isaac is nearing the Leeward Islands.
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