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"In a couple of days, while the wind shear could decrease over the east-central Caribbean Sea, there might not be much of a system left to take advantage of the more conducive conditions", the hurricane center said in its forecast discussion on Wednesday morning. "We've prepared all our supplies at home and frankly, we were bored".
At least 88,000 people were without power in North Carolina with the brunt of the storm yet to come, according to the state's emergency management agency.
S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster lifted the mandatory evacuation order for southern coastal counties this morning, but Edisto Beach, Lowcountry counties and Georgetown and Horry counties remain under the order. "We're liable to have a whole lot of flooding".
Hours later, Mr Trump approved emergency declarations for both coastal states, a move allowing the release of federal funds and equipment to help protection and recovery efforts.
The center of Hurricane Helene was located near latitude 16.0 North, longitude 33.6 West. Helene is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 miles per hour (22 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue with a decrease in forward speed through tonight.
This image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, as it threatens the U.S. East Coast.
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Another woman who is suspected to have been a fifth victim is said to have escaped from Ortiz and alerted authorities to him. But the spokesperson referred all other questions to authorities in Webb County and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Isaac has weakened to a tropical storm, but as it gets closer to the Lesser Antilles with a threat of strong winds and heavy rains, a hurricane watch has been issued for Guadeloupe, Martinique and Dominica, while Antigua and Montserrat are under tropical storm watch.
"I'm not approaching Florence from fear or panic", said Brad Corpening (35), who planned to ride out the storm in his boarded-up delicatessen in Wilmington. "If that occurs, when you call 911, we will tell you that they are not able to respond, and then we will call you back to see if you still need their services when they are again able to respond during the storm".
Officials in New Hanover County, which includes Wilmington, have stockpiled enough food and water for 60,000 people for four days, along with more than 28,000 tarps.
If the European model is true or the overall trend persists, University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy said it "is exceptionally bad news, as it smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge".
Even miles away from the Atlantic, North Carolina residents in low-lying areas were boarding up and emptying stores.
SC ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents while North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks, barrier islands that are a popular tourist destination.
On its current track, Florence is expected to hit the Carolinas and Virginia the hardest, the NHC said.
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